Thursday, June 28, 2012

Watoto Ministries – You Have To Check This Out!!!

Hey Everyone,

Nancy’s Executive Assistant, Katelyn here. Nancy is currently in Uganda ministering at Watoto Ministries with founders Gary and Marilyn Skinner, so I thought I would take a few minutes to share a bit about Watoto and Nancy’s time there. If you’ve never heard of Watoto, it’s a faith-based holistic care program that works with the many orphaned children and women in Uganda whose lives have been ravaged by war and disease. You can check out their website for more information at and/or watch the video below. I actually had the privilege of leading a team of 18 Mercy graduates to Uganda last summer to build a classroom block for Watoto Ministries. It was definitely a life-changing trip, and it’s so cool that Nancy is now getting to experience seeing Watoto firsthand! When Nancy arrived, she spent the first day visiting the different Watoto villages and babies’ homes. This is very eye-opening because you see the magnitude of how big Watoto’s outreach really is – there are over 1,000 children in each of the Watoto villages, many of whose parents have either died due to the AIDS epidemic or were killed by the rebel army in Uganda led by Joseph Kony.

The next day, Nancy spoke to approximately 2,000 students at two of the Watoto high schools in the Kampala area. This was such a powerful time of ministry as many of the students responded to the altar call as Nancy challenged them about the importance of living a fully committed life without compromise, which includes making a total commitment that sex is for marriage. God is so good!!! Nancy spent the entire day today in Northern Uganda visiting and speaking at the many outreaches that Watoto has established in Gulu. Gulu was once run by Kony and the rebel army, but in the last few years, Kony and the army have left the area (Gulu is also where the movie Blood Diamond was filmed). However, many women and children remain there and are now a part of the Watoto Church and the various ministry outreaches that are available to helping them rebuild their lives. This village is more specific to the women who have been raped by Kony and his army, the children who were created as a result, and other children who were able to escape the rebel army (many of whom had to murder their own parents and siblings). Nancy was told that there are approximately 1,100 women today in Gulu that are experiencing the transformation process as Christ is rebuilding their lives through sponsorships that Watoto provides. Most important of all, Watoto is leading the charge in helping each and every woman understand that Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free, and that regardless of their past they can have a future. They are training them not only to serve God with all of their heart, soul, and mind, but they are also training them in life skills so that they can be self supporting. Even as I’m writing this, Nancy just called and talked about going to Gulu today and said…

 “Today was one of the most overwhelmingly painful days of my life. No human should ever have to experience the depths of evil that these women have been through. The thing that blew me away the most was knowing that these women were forced to kill family members, knowing that they were abducted by the rebel army at ages 9 and 10 and literally used, raped over and over again, and made to marry LRA leaders, yet today they can still experience joy and freedom in Christ. I felt so privileged that I not only got to go speak to them and encourage them, but that I actually got to look them in the eye and hug each and every one of them!

 Normally I would ask you to support Mercy Ministries because we definitely need your support, but on this day, out of my love for Gary and Marilyn Skinner and the great work they are doing in Uganda, which I have now seen with my own eyes, I’m asking you to go on to Watoto’s website and sponsor a child. They are not only feeding and clothing the children, but they are also pouring the Word of God into them and seeing lives transformed! No doubt in my mind that Watoto is raising up the next generation of leaders that will lead the great nation of Uganda into a place of prosperity and stability by the power of God that is being poured into their lives.” 

 I wanted to share with you what Nancy said to me on the phone today so that you can see just how impacting her time in Uganda has been thus far. If you want to answer the call to sponsor a child, you can sign up online at The cost is $35 a month. You will receive letters from the child you sponsor and you can also write to them as well. I personally sponsor a child through Watoto and had the privilege of meeting her last year when I went to visit (see picture on right). I can also tell you that the children are very diligent to pray for their sponsors, and even know them by name and where they live. The many children that I talked to while I was visiting Watoto last year said they hoped to one day meet their sponsors! I love how personal the sponsorships are with Watoto!!!

 Also, Nancy will be speaking at Watoto Church this weekend – one service on Saturday and four services on Sunday. Please cover Nancy in prayer as she continues to minister in Uganda. I know she would greatly appreciate it!



Thursday, June 21, 2012

From One Generation to Another… AYC2012!!!

Hey Guys,

I had the awesome privilege of speaking at the most amazing youth conference Tuesday night in Memphis, Tennessee called Axis Youth Conference. It was held at Life Church where Pastors John and Leslie Siebeling pastor. It was one of the coolest conferences I’ve ever been to, and the place was packed out to the max with teens and young adults of all ages. First of all, I felt so honored that someone my age would be asked to speak at a youth conference. Secondly, I was blown away by the awesome night we had and the huge response to the altar call at the end. God is such a good God and He truly moved in amazing ways in this very special conference! The estimated attendance was approximately 2,000 with over 20 churches represented. Thought you might enjoy seeing a few pictures from this awesome night…

Hope you have a great weekend! PLEASE pray for me as I will be leaving this weekend for Uganda to be with Watoto Ministries led by Pastors Gary and Marilyn Skinner. I will also be speaking at all of their weekend services as well as spending time throughout the week in the multitudes of outreaches they have. I will be gone for approximately 10 days…it’s going to be an intense schedule, but very rewarding. Please keep me in your prayers.



Friday, June 8, 2012

Cherish Conference – It’s AMAZING!!!

Katelyn and Reid here. Nancy is currently in the UK speaking at the Cherish Conference (and having SO much fun) so we thought we’d show you some pictures of Nancy’s time there thus far. This year is the 10th Anniversary of the Cherish Conference hosted by Charlotte Gambill and has grown so much over the years that they have to have two 3-day back-to-back conferences to fit everyone in (six days total). How cool is that?! Thousands of women have been showing up to the conference…women from all over Europe and beyond! Along with Nancy, the other guest speakers this year include Lucinda Dooley, Pastor from Hillsong Church in Cape Town, South Africa, and Donna Crouch, Pastor from Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.

Nancy has been calling us everyday going on and on and on about how amazing the conference has been! She has been telling us about how much of a flow there is of the Spirit of God, and how they are seeing people get saved, healed, and delivered. There has been a unity among the speakers and leaders and a great expectation for God to continue to do more! The girls from Mercy UK have also been able to attend the conference and spend time with Nancy!

Not only did Nancy speak at both conferences, but Charlotte asked Nancy to lead a special afternoon breakout session to train people in how to reach the broken and how they can get more involved with Mercy Ministries in Europe. Our UK Director Arianna Walker co-hosted in the session along with Program Director Debbie Harvie, who is a 2001 graduate of Mercy Ministries in America. It is so amazing that a girl who flew over to the US from the UK and walked through our doors 11 years ago is now happily married with two children and is the Program Director working under Arianna’s leadership. We have an amazing staff in the UK and are so thankful we are able to reach out to the hurting young women in Europe.

Another highlight for Nancy has been seeing the Watoto Children’s Choir perform! Nancy is actually going to Uganda to visit Watoto Ministries with Founders Gary and Marilyn Skinner this summer and will also be speaking at Watoto Church while she’s there. It’s so cool to hear how excited Nancy is about going to visit Watoto and see the ministry firsthand.

Check out these pictures to get an inside look at the happenings at Cherish Conference!!!

Charlotte Gambill, Amazing conference host
and speaker - She's awesome!!!
Welcome to Cherish!
Nancy speaking
It's a packed house!
Donna Crouch, Pastor at Hillsong Church in Sydney Australia
Lucinda Dooley, Pastor at Hillsong in Cape Town, South Africa

Watoto Choir from Gulu, Uganda

Hope you all have a great weekend!

- Katelyn and Reid