Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Posho, Mzungu and Mercy Ministry abounding...

My first class was a full class of 17 students, many of them pastors, some in church planting, and one student is an HIV counselor…there were three women and fourteen men. It was a great time…we discussed many aspects of theology and began to look at the application of counseling. I can tell that many of the students having been here a year or two are becoming grounded in biblical and theological studies.

It is encouraging to see the impact that this school is having in this city and this country. Uganda is four times the size of Los Angeles, which has over 100 bible schools, but Uganda only has three accredited bible schools…for the whole country! And yet, in this little part of the world, students are learning about conversion, justification, expository preaching, Biblical interpretation, theology of marriage and family…and they are taking that to their churches around this country…

Across the street from the school is a large church that started the school, and it includes a child care facility which cares for 100’s of children each day…a clinic….in 2008 that very church (right across the street) hosted a Passion Conference and 20,000+ Ugandans came…I played with around 30 orphan & daycare children today…it was a blessing. They call us “mzungu” meaning “white person”.

I have eaten posho & sauce two times (a form of flour & starch…looks like very thick mashed potatoes that comes with a bean type sauce…but nothing like my wonderful wife’s mashed potatoes). Tea time is a ritual here at 10:30 every morning…no exceptions! Last night, I sat with the other guys on my team discussing the finer points of theology as it relates to the open-theism debate while sipping a coke (I must have one in every foreign country). The team is an encouraging group of guys.

I miss my wife and my children…I can’t wait to see them. I have thought about my home church a lot…I am excited to be with that community in koinonia again soon. Keep our health in prayer…keep the Gaba Bible Institute staff in prayer…pray specifically that the class I am working with with display the gospel in counseling and Biblical marriages…

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