Organization: United World Missions
Web Site: www.uwm.org/
My name is Nancy Kilpatrick, and I am presently serving with United World Missions in Uganda.
Ocotber, 2015 Update
Dear Friends and Family:
Because of your prayers and financial gifts, I was blessed to attend the Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) program in Union Mills, NC, from September 13th to October 23rd. This pre-mission field training program is the final requirement of United World Mission that I had to complete as one of their missionary appointees. All that remains now is to raise the remaining 38% of my financial support, and I will be on my way to Uganda!
CIT was an amazing experience. The first two weeks focused on learning second language acquisition skills – phonetics and “languaculture” skills, to be exact. The emphasis was placed on learning the new country’s culture as well as the language, since one cannot effectively learn and function in a new language without understanding the culture in which it is based. Along with this, we learned about our own personality and learning style types, and how these affect how we adapt to a new culture and language. I gained many new and practical insights regarding how I will go about learning Luo, the language of the part of Uganda in which I will live and serve.
In addition to the language acquisition skills, we had lots of fun group exercises that often revealed aspects of our personalities that can affect how we learn and adapt in new situations – especially in situations that are totally out of our comfort zone, or familiar roles and personal identities. We also had small group sharing times in which we were blessed to delve into the information presented in the “heart of the missionary” topics, many of which were geared to discovering and evaluating our identities in Christ and how entering a new culture can pose a challenge to our “status quo”. So much of the material was immeasurably meaningful to me, even if it was occasionally painful to look squarely into the mirror and discover new areas of my life that I need to let God work in and transform into His image!
The next four weeks focused on other issues that a missionary must grapple with, from discerning truth and doctrinal concerns, more information on cultural adjustment and personality types, family adjustment and “third culture kids” issues, to spiritual warfare and Scripture memorization.
It is impossible to describe all the ways that this time at CIT impacted my life. I will be forever grateful for this opportunity to learn and grow in my relationship with God, and for all the wonderful people that God allowed me to meet and come to love. It’s amazing how one can develop such close friendships in such a short period of time! It was so hard to say goodbye to my dear friends at the end of our time at CIT. But, we share the hope of being able to see each other again someday, whether that is here on earth, or in heaven, where we will never have to say goodbye again!
After spending a few days with my middle son Dan and his family in Columbia, SC, I traveled to Michigan to stay with my dear friend Jan until I leave for Uganda. I will be looking for a temporary nursing job here in MI so I can save the support I have accumulated for my start-up expenses once in Uganda.
I will also be working hard to find new prayer and financial support partners to enable me to be fully funded when I leave for Uganda. I have just 38% of my financial support to raise, which translates to about $1,500.00 a month more. If you would like to partner with me in my ministry, please let me know – I’d be so happy to have you join me in sharing the love, hope, and joy of Jesus with those in need in Uganda! You can also call Karen, at UWM, 1-800-825-5896, and she will be glad to help you set up your donation. Thank you!
At CIT, we memorized II Corinthians 4:1-12. Some of the verses in that passage that were meaningful to me are as follows:
“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart…. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “”Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (verses 1, 5-7)
Truly, it is because of God’s mercy that He has given me the ministry in Uganda, and it is only through His power that I will be able to accomplish what He has called me to ! How amazing it is that, in His mercy, He wants to use this clay jar, this cracked pot, to shine His light through those cracks and bring people to Himself! Thank you for praying for me and for giving financially, so that, together, we can share the light of the knowledge of God Himself with the people of Uganda.
I would love to hear from you and be able to pray for you, too, so please feel free to reply to my letter, and tell me how you’re doing! I send each of you my love, and deepest gratitude, as always, for all you are and mean to me. May God bless and keep you in His joy and grace,