Our Course, His Steps

A joy of being missionaries is witnessing the LORD’s faithfulness. Time and again we see His ways, timing and provision are perfect.

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Our desire had been to complete funding by April 1 to construct a teaching, worship and event pavilion for 150 people on land we already own at Kingdom View in Uganda. God has drawn us within $10,000 of that original $25,000 goal through donations and favorable builder negotiations.

Our prayer is He will touch the hearts of those He wants to give; that they will respond in obedience to Him; and that they will be blessed as they are a blessing to others. (2 Corinthians 9:7) Some may want to provide ongoing ministry and missionary support (not enough funds for a housing allowance this month); while others may feel led to help with the pavilion.

God is rewarding us with heavenly treasures. (Matt 6:19-21) We see disciples rising from depression and defeat as they grasp their identity and freedom in Jesus. Saturday’s “Relationship Forum” at Kingdom View was particularly encouraging as two young men praised God for using us to lift them out of the despair of rejection. Earlier in the day, we had spoken to a choir group of about 25 and answered questions on how to nurture Godly male-female relationships. The choir prayer chairman asked Mark to mentor him. The student leader of the choir currently is mentored by Mark.

Meeting space outside in the shade is great when it isn't raining.
The reason we need a pavilion!
God also provided the opportunity last month for us to speak to 30 resident assistants on the Uganda Christian University campus. These students from each floor of each dormitory are shepherds to the 70 other students on their floor. We received an enthusiastic response as we talked about God creating each believer as His temple. (1 Co 3:16-17) We shared how to recognize and avoid sexual predators and unwanted sexual advances.

All this is in addition to our ongoing pre-marriage counseling (currently two couples) and Margaret’s ministry of guiding 8-12 students weekly during individual appointments to recognize their God-given skills. This helps them gain confidence for interviews, develop their resumes and strategize to launch their careers after university.  Many are beating the odds and finding professional jobs in Uganda. A few weeks ago a young man pulled Margaret aside at church thanking her enthusiastically for helping him get his new job.

All have jobs with large international corporations, banks or non-profit organizations. These are the types of blessings that sustain us.

We continue to pray for provision for day to day operations and for the next phase of construction.

With grateful hearts,

Mark and Margaret

The Vision-Pavilion, Master Plan and Fire Pit

As we prepare for the future we see a Kingdom View. God has much in store for us as we minister to the students and faculty on a one on one basis and we need your help. God loves for people to be involved in a personal way. At Kingdom View we believe that God provides specific gifts from a young age that can be used for Kingdom work that honors God. Won't you join in where God is already at work?

So often people arrive at Kingdom View and comment, " this is such a peaceful place, a safe place to share what you think and heal from past hurts." Isn't that what God is all about. He is the great restoration expert. We live in a world of conflict and challenges and seek peace. At Kingdom View there is a respite from the cares of the world that provides comfort. God want us to experience an abundant life that is free and peaceful filling our hearts with joy. At Kingdom View we strive to provide a place where through prayer, submission to God and unconditional love people who are searching to heal and find peace can find solace. We don't have all the answers but we can at least point people to God and the restoration He provides for all of us with struggles.

It is God's desire that we find peace and joy in our lives. As we continue in ministry to the students and staff of Uganda Christian University we pray others will join in to complete the vision with a pavilion, fire pit and safari tents for overnights. See the future plans we have for Kingdom View below and pray about how you might get involved. Contact us to share with your small group or church how they can be part of the ministry financially or by visiting us in Uganda at Kingdom View.

Proposed Pavilion
Master Site Plan

Proposed Fire Pit

Doing Life Together at Kingdom View

Click link below to see pictures from the 2017 December Pancake Breakfast

Doing life together at Kingdom View is what discipleship is about.

Lots of Activity and Need for Pavilion

Kingdom View is getting known as a peaceful place to pray, do Bible study, share testimonies and get away from the pressures of campus life. Students are in classes for long hours from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with discussion groups lasting until 10 p.m. The scheduling is much different than what U.S. university students experience. So having a place to visit nearby to rest, read your Bible and enjoy the view is a great joy.

March has been an active month. We have had several requests from different fellowship groups with more than 20 people to use the facility. On average each fellowship of the 40 plus on campus have more than 50 students in the groups. With the addition of the open air pavilion we will be able to accommodate choir groups, chaplaincy fellowships, and departmental fellowships. Each year different leadership teams are voted in or appointed and there are always a hand-over celebrations when the leadership of these groups pass the baton to those that follow.

The construction of the pavilion which accommodates 150 people includes engineering plans, excavating, laying foundation, partial walls, roofing, lighting,drainage and electrical is $25,000. 

For the AV equipment for sound, presentations and computer and furnishings such as tables, chairs we need $20,000.

Would you consider participating in the construction of Phase 2 by doing a fundraising coffee with friends, setting up an online auction, having a garage sale or any other creative ideas? We need your help! 
Please email Margaret at margaretnoblin@rockoutreach.org with your ideas.

The Next Step At Kingdom View for 2017

Blessings abound at Kingdom View as we completed Phase 1 in 2016. Several of our Dallas friends joined us for a Christmas Pancake Breakfast recently and we shared the progress made in 2016.  The pictures show the construction and the activities we are doing so far.

Phase 2 is the fundraising, constructing and completion of the pavilion for 150 people. This facility will support the 40 fellowship groups on campus, the other ministries doing discipleship such as Navigators and Life Ministry Uganda (CRU) along with departmental fellowships.  In October we already were getting requests from a choir group of 70 and the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of over 100. So we know the demand will be great with a campus of over 8,000 students and limited space to meet.

Enjoy the pictures and pray if you might want to join us in serving East African, Uganda Christian University students with this facility.

Click here to see pictures

Vision To Reality

As we rejoice in experiencing God turning vision into reality by completing Phase 1 of Kingdom View Ministry Center last week, we are reminded the real foundational work has only just begun.

Mark oversaw construction of the ministry home across from Uganda Christian University and can testify Phase 1 of Kingdom View is built to last (we consumed 938 bags of cement along with many tons of sand, aggregate stone, hard core and iron bars). Excellent construction honors the Lord, but the real measure of worth is impact for Jesus. 
For Mark's Take on Construction in 
Uganda Click on the Photo Above

Scripture has many references comparing structural foundation with spiritual foundation. At the Rock, we got our name from Matthew 7:24-25:

"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”

Jesus is the Rock and that’s where we are standing. The Apostle Paul makes a similar point in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11:

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

The psalmist minces no words on the folly of building on any other foundation:

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” (Psalm 127:1)

As we finished Phase 1, we are excited to have a new beginning.  More than ever, we are equipped to encourage others to believe and thrive in the freedom of the new covenant of acceptance, security and significance through trust in Jesus alone.

Ugandans are amazed we completed the ministry house and welcome center in just six months. God’s hand is with us. He answered our daily prayers to protect the workers, defeat corruption and construct a center that honors Him.

Guests love the specially designed bancos (built in benches) along the walls of the media room and dining room. Already students have pitched in to help cook in the large kitchen created with fellowship in mind. The warmth and coziness help create an atmosphere conducive to one-on-one discipleship, small group teaching and the ever-popular movie nights.

Margaret continues to meet individually with two to three students 6 days a week to help them discover their God-given skills and develop their CVs (resumes.) You find her at the dining table with her laptop recording the seven stories recalling their earliest praise worthy achievements which are evidence of the student’s skills.  As believers in Jesus we need to understand how God designed us so we know in a practical way “our plan and future.” 

In some ways the time has flown by with the construction, but in other ways we have been planning Kingdom View for over four years. We welcome you to visit.

With joy and thanksgiving,

Mark and Margaret