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!
All it takes is water! Water makes growth happen and the green hillsides taking shape all over our valley are pure evidence of that.
Have you been to “THAT” bakery and tasted their brownies? Don’t get me wrong there are all kinds of breads and pastries, cookies, croissants, pies, and cakes out there… but brownies, this is what the public really wants!
The Santa Clarita Valley is part of an Arbor Day Foundation movement called Tree City USA, and I’m glad!
Do you remember what you were doing four to five years ago? In 2012 what were you considering and contending for? What was consuming you?
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.