Uganda

"I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some."
1 Corinthians 9:22 (NASB)

Loren here...

This day before our team leaves for Uganda (here's a link to Joshua Project information about Uganda) I am struck by the above words from the apostle Paul.  You see in a sense, we aren't really going where the gospel isn't.  We are headed to a place that has been Christianized, like Spokane. There are local churches there.  There are even different denominations (some more gospel-centered then others). But like Spokane, there are expectations of what a Christian is, even if those expectations are different in this particular culture, that have nothing to do with King Jesus and His gospel. There are idols and worldview issues that pay lip service to serving Jesus but aren't necessarily motivated by right actions. Just like Spokane.

Our brothers and sisters there struggle with similar issues: materialism, idol worship, selfishness, anger, bitterness, gossip, shady business dealings, and marital and family problems.  And the gospel speaks in Uganda just as powerfully and gloriously as it does in North America.

I have been reminded in my reading, praying, and conversations with Brian, Joselle, and Amanda that we are going to Uganda, fundamentally, as learners. Our Christianity here in the States is no better or more intrinsically worthy of God then our brothers' and sisters' is in central Africa.  We simply want to be faithful gospel partners.  One group of beggars saying to another, "Be imitators of us, just as I also am of Christ." Together we run to the foot of the cross as we become more fully devoted disciples of King Jesus.

Please be praying that we would 'get out of the way' and let God work through us to His glory as we travel to Uganda over the next few weeks.

Below are some maps about where we will be.  May God bless us as we endeavor to serve Jesus in Africa.  And may God bless you as you endeavor to serve Jesus in Spokane.

Where in the world is Uganda?
Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region of central Africa and borders Lake Victoria.

Can you find Kasese and Kampala?
The Kasese District is in the southwest of Uganda between Lake Albert & Lake Edward.  This is where the Bible college is located.  Kampala, north of Lake Victoria, is where Hope Alive! headquarters is situated.  

As way of reminder here is what we will be focusing on as we travel to Uganda.

  
Prayer Points

  1. Travel - connections would be smooth in Seattle, Chicago, and Brussels on the way over.
  2. Relationships - gospel connections would grow with the leaders and teachers of the Western Uganda Baptist Theological College (WUBTC), with our contacts at Hope Alive!, and with Darrie & Debbie Turner, the WorldVenture missionaries who will graciously be facilitating our trip.
  3. Wisdom and discernment about how best we can help the local Kasese church, and what future teams might provide in gospel partnership.
  4. That our family's would trust in God's sovereignty and goodness during this time.
Soli Deo Gloria!