Friday, December 1, 2017


Nathan is in 9th grade and is our first high schooler! He is officially permitted driver, so watch out local drivers—LOL! He has plans to get a job in order to acquire a car in the near future.  Nathan is all about basketball, basically year-round.  This year he also played baseball, is in choir, and enjoys youth group.    

Abby is in 7th grade and has really grown up this year. She keeps on top of her academics while pursuing a social life (of course) and multiple activities: basketball, cross-country, and theatre.  She is helpful and a joy to be around.  She plans to go as a student on a Royal Servants Mission trip next summer—2018.

Joshua is in 4th grade and is really enjoying Boy Scouts. He likes having Daddy help coach his basketball team. He loves the outdoors, animals, camping and secret hideouts. When all of these things come together over a weekend, he is in heaven! We appreciate his sense of humor, kindness and independent spirit.  

Rachel is in 1st grade and loves learning to read. She is oh-so-excited to finally be old enough to be on a basketball team like all of her siblings!  She looks forward to Awana, swimming lessons, soccer, or any activity.  A highlight for her this year was snuggling with the baby orphans this summer in Uganda.


This past summer Matt lead a Royal Servants trip to Uganda. He loved it and can’t wait to go back and serve there in 2018!
Matt completed his first Adventure Triathlon this past May in Grantsburg, WI — 29 miles (19m bike, 2m kayak & 8m run).
Matt enjoyed a late summer trip to northern Wisconsin, exploring lost waterfalls by foot and the Namekagen River by kayak.
The highlight this year for Jenni was fulfilling an unspoken dream of serving as a family in Africa this past summer.
Jenni loved Uganda and left part of her heart with the many orphans we served. She remains connected to the ministries there.
In Jenni’s free time, she reviews the family calendar, trying to develop a strategic plan to get many kids to many places J

May the God of hope fill you all with joy and peace. Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017


“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy…”  Psalm 82:3-4 

Meet baby Grace.  This summer in a Ugandan orphanage we held her. We snuggled her. And we fell in love with her.  Daily, we’ve been specifically praying for her.  This fall our missionary friend  wrote us.

“Please pray for beautiful baby Grace.  Her needs are deep and have gone unmet for too long. Lately there are tears streaming down her face all day long.   Her cry is gentle, it doesn't demand comfort.  She is just quietly begging for it.  But she gets overlooked, forgotten.  Amongst the many strong personalities at the orphanage, Grace is often left in the background. When she sees me, her eyes follow me. It's like she is asking me "do you see me, I know you do, please help me."  I pick her up, determined to focus on her and only her. But by this point, five other children are crawling all over my legs. Three others are now also crying...

But today I knew where I need to focus my attention. I put on worship music and I begin to slowly pray over baby Grace. She falls asleep almost immediately. I turn her so I can see her sweet face. I feel a mothers love come over me.  I sense she has never been held like this. I feel her pain. I see into her soul. I pray the comfort of the Fathers love for her. She is frail, sensitive, and deserves all the love she needs. 

There are 50+ children under age five in this orphanage. So the focus has to be on taking care of the physical needs.  Often the overwhelmed hired staff only have the time and energy to feed, diaper and bathe.  And then it’s off to a crib the kids go… and stay. Grace needs a family. However international adoption is illegal. And Ugandan families hardly ever adopt.”

But our God is a God of miracles.  We are SO EXCITED to share that on 11.10.17 we received word.  A local Ugandan family is adopting baby Grace!  May we never underestimate the power of prayer! This is truly a miracle as the concept of adoption is foreign to most Ugandans. 

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”

James 5:16

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


“Good night mummy. I have now reached home safely. Thank you for your care and being concerned, no one has ever been so I am really grateful.” This phone text spoke to my heart, as I felt I had given very little. Jonathon grew up in an orphanage and at age seventeen, he “aged out.”

“It was so hard when I had to leave the orphanage. I didn’t know where to go. I found a friend who had already moved out from the orphanage. He let me stay on his floor in his one room. It was bad. It was hard. I was hungry. I couldn’t find a job. I couldn’t afford more education or training.”

Today, Jonathon would say his church is his family. He has found a part time job, although it only pays $28 monthly. But in many ways Jonathon has already beaten the odds. For youth who “age out” of care, statistics predict a heart-breaking road ahead. Their likelihood of experiencing virtually any ill known to humanity is dramatically higher than for their peers who have families. This includes everything from homelessness, human trafficking, unemployment, prostitution, crime, incarceration, physical illness, etc.

We are so thankful for the opportunity to minister to young people like Jonathon all around the world. Join us in praying that Christ would encourage Jonathon, and meet his needs.

Sunday, October 1, 2017


“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy…”  Psalm 82:3-4
SANYU BABIES HOME is a place I will always remember. The beautiful children aged 0-4 are precious beyond words. Praise be to God that the children’s physical needs were met in many ways.  There are scheduled feedings, diaper changes and a daily bath. These children are safe and even have medical staff available. Without an orphanage, these children would literally face unimaginable abuse or even death. The orphanages of Uganda are a huge blessing, a place to find refuge.
My heart went out for each child’s deeper needs, beyond the physical. Who will hold this child again? When will that be? Will they receive their full feeding, or will they get lost in the mix of so very many children? Who can this child bond with?  When this child has a nightmare, who will comfort them? 
Leaving the orphanage was very difficult. The youngest infant would whimper when you put them down.  The toddlers would try to look appealing to get you to pick them back up.  The preschoolers would literally physically attach themselves to you.  But the one who haunts me most was when I would have to return six month old Esther to her bed.  The look of longing and confusion in her eyes stays with me. 
Several orphanage managers approached Matt and I to ask us if we would please adopt a child.  However, the Ugandan laws make international adoption nearly impossible. While rare, Christian Ugandan families are now beginning to adopt, which is grateful news. Join me in praying for God’s provision of a family for Esther, and the many orphans in Uganda. “God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6


“When I think about our ministry in Uganda, Sanyu Babies Home stands out to me most. Many of the babies in the orphanage are found in garbage heaps, on road sides, or simply left at the hospital. I was able to care for two little girls, named Abigail (2 yrs) and Joanna (4 mos). It is hard to believe that someone wouldn't want these adorable girls.  While holding Joanna as she slept, I was struck by how helpless she was.  I was heartbroken to leave.  But being there was an amazing chance to love these children. I hope I made an impact on them.  But I do know for sure, that they made an impact on me.”

PRAISE POINT... Summer 2017

During our time in Uganda we ministered on busy streets, showed compassion in several orphanages, and presented Christ in more than a dozen crowded school assemblies.
The results were 2,323 young people reached with the hope of the gospel and 407 children and teens indicating a decision to say yes to Jesus. Praise the Lord! He is mighty to save! Thanks for your support!

Saturday, July 1, 2017


“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me...” - Matt. 25:35-36

Hey Friends… We have just finished up at our training camp and our team is ready to serve! We are so thrilled to be the hands and feet of Jesus among the least of these in Uganda. Much of our ministry will take place among the poor; serving orphans, street children and disadvantaged young people. Ultimately our service is unto Christ and we are all eager to experience his compassionate heart and make him known everywhere we go to serve this summer.

Please Pray for Matt—for wisdom in leading the team and for decision making with our partners. Also Pray for our Team—for unity, spiritual growth, physical strength, safety in travel, protection from illness, courage in sharing the good news of Jesus, and changed lives in our outreach and service. Lastly, Pray for our Family—this summer is an awesome opportunity for our kids to be exposed to ministry in Africa. We are excited to see what the Lord will do in all of our hearts!

Your prayer and encouragement truly makes a difference. It means the world to us - Thank you!