Close to our hearts

If you are like me, you tend to somewhat ignore news that mention countries which end in stan, or sound quite far away, such as Uganda, Somalia, or Tibet. It is easy to skim past news headlines similar to the following.
A Somali Islamist militant group, Al-Shabaab, issued a direct claim of responsibility Monday for three bombings in Uganda that left at least 74 people dead.
However, it truly is a small world. Below is an excerpt from an email I received today from one of our Wildmen in Tampa, The Angela mentioned below is his daughter.
“Last night in Kampala an explosion ripped through a large gathering of people watching the world cup soccer game. The news reports 70 people were killed. At this time one American died. His name is Nate Henn. Nate was one of Angela’s first mentors at Invisible Children.They have become close friends. Angela introduced her girl friend to Nate, who have been dating for quite awhile. This is a very dear loss to Angela, IC, and the family.”

When one of God’s children hurts, we should all hurt with them. “Joy shared is double joy. Sorrow shared is half sorrow.”

Further, one of our former Tampa Wildmen, Mike Gilbert and his wife Deb, are missionaries in Uganda with One City Ministry. This has struck very close to their hearts as their ministry is first response disaster relief.

It has struck close to our hearts… however, it should every time we hear of God’s children being murdered.

Please pray for them, and all of your Wildmen brothers. We’re all going through something.

Also, please pray for Troy Vanden Heuvel, one of our Wildmen from Sarasota / Bradenton. He has accepted God’s call on his life to be a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM).

Youth With A Mission
is an international organization of Christians from many denominations dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.  Founded in 1960, it is now one of the largest interdenominational and international Christian ministries, with more than 1,000 bases in over 150 countries, with a staff of over 16,000.

Troy needs prayer and financial support. Please pray for him. If you can help him financially, please email him directly at

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