David and I, Rhonda, are from Texas where we raised our three girls, Talitha, Hannah, and Anais. Right after Gabriel, our first son, was born we moved to Uganda as a family serving among the Basoga people in Jinja, Uganda. During our time in Uganda, Talitha contracted malaria and it went cerebral, which quickly took her life. We returned from Uganda to America, thinking we would remain for a few months to get our thoughts in order after her death in 2007 and then be able to return to our home in Uganda. We make our plans, but God carries them out. I, Rhonda, became pregnant with Josiah and we saw that our family needed much healing before we could return to be a reflection of Jesus. This meant that we would remain in the States for a time, which took us to Colorado to work with an international orphan ministry and then on to the small town of Larkspur as the children’s pastor of New Covenant Church. God brought some of the needed healing for us there, individually and as a family. It was a long wait and much to do in developing the Children of God ministry at church and waiting on God’s timing. Yet, He eventually moved us on. We stepped out of our position at church in July 2015 to finish raising support for our move back to Uganda.
What a divine blessing it is to work with children and to have the opportunity to return to the people of Uganda. On our return, we studied the language and worked with Otin a Wa and the churches. God has raised up so many wonderful African Pastors that we had the privilege of working with.
After years of working with the church, our family was at a place that we were needed back in the States. We were torn, but we believe our children are our first responsibility and trusted the church of Uganda into God’s hands.
On returning to the States, we formed 28:19 Ministries to carry on the work of training and discipling pastors that they might be equipped to raise up a faithful church and reach the next generation with the true, powerful Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Training Pastors in Northern Uganda!