Watching God work in our lives is one of the most wonderful parts of walking with Jesus. Over time a peculiar thing begins to happen; every so often God may begin to show themes as He works in and through us.
For the Uzabakiliho family, when asked about themes God is playing out in their lives, after a moment of thought they remember the title of a classic hymn. Looking at her husband Faustin, Anne says “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Faustin nods.
With three wonderful kids: son Jemma (15) and two daughters Faustine (13), and Shalom (11); God has indeed shown his faithfulness to Faustin and Anne Uzabakiliho. Married for 16 years they originally hail from Rwanda. Growing up in this central African country they came over to escape the 1996 Rwandan Genocide (Faustin wrote a book documenting the experience, Flight for Life: A Journey from Rwanda).
In this way, God showed his faithfulness as a deliverer. They remain connected with their homeland through Exodus Vision, a non-profit that seeks to teach African pastors through Evangelism, Education and Economic promotion in southern and central African nations (Malawi, Zambia and Burundi).
In addition to this organization, Anne works as a bus driver for a school district and Faustin works as a high-school science teacher.
They have been an important part of our Sanctuary community for 10 years. They have served as a part of our hospitality team, as well as participating in CHAMPS and our GLM Women’s ministries. Their two elder kids, Jemma and Faustine attend UTURN events, and Shalom is working her way through CHAMPS.
As a family they enjoy watching Netflix together as well as music. Everyone in the family plays an instrument, and they use these talents to hold family Worship nights. They have also been known to hold family dance parties (the kids aren’t shy about the fact they are better dancers).
In all of these things we see the same chord ever since the beginning. For the Uzabakiliho family, God has shown himself to be a faithful deliverer. More so we also see God use this family to impact the lives of African pastors, as well as their ministry here at the Sanctuary. So make sure to stop them on a Sunday and introduce yourself, and learn more about this awesome family!
Recently, I was reading the scheduled Growth Journal verses in my Bible. It was the account of God telling Noah to build the ark in Genesis 6.
We were driving along the 5 Freeway on a rainy Tuesday when Bob remarked, “She won’t know who you are. Sometimes she doesn’t recognize her own children. She has moments when she is quiet and times when she’s more talkative. It all depends.”
One day the disciples asked Jesus how to pray—which is hilarious when you think about it: they were talking with Jesus (aka God) asking him, ‘How should we talk with you?’
Remarkably, Jesus gives them the lay of land, a characteristic of How Things Work.
Here’s how it works, fellas: be stubborn, mule-headed and unstoppable in pursuing what you want. Be SHAMELESSLY PERSISTENT.
What a great motto for living, huh?! I love this motto most days. Flexibility is a quality to be encouraged and championed.
Welcome to Advent! The term is from the Latin word meaning "the coming, or arrival." It is a season of holy anticipation and disciplined waiting... more of a contented peace while listening with prophetic hope for the nativity of Jesus.
Anyone who knows me know that I LOVE CHRISTMAS!!
In fact, 4 people posted memes on my Facebook wall, celebrating that November means it’s time to begin the Christmas fun!
I’m one of those. . . you know, one of those people who pulls out the Christmas music and movies the day after Halloween and likes my house to be fully decorated by Thanksgiving.
Today has been a day filled with mixed emotions. The most unwanted, and dare I even say it, the most “hated” president in history, will move into 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. (the White House) in January. What are we supposed to do with
Lately I’ve been asking us to toss our political affiliations out the window!
Even if you’ve been a loyal Democrat your whole life, or dedicated to the Republican cause since you were able to vote, forget about it! Our political preferences are just not that important! …and Independent-Green-Tea isn’t the answer either!
Do you remember the first time you came to The Sanctuary or the first time you went to any church? You didn’t know anyone, you were nervous.
My husband Eric and I have had the privilege of helping several young adult couples prepare for marriage through pre-marriage counseling. Every couple has a different story to tell...