Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sam, Duncan & Francis

Now approaching my 3rd day of teaching here at Gaba Bible Institute (www.gbiuganda.org). Things are going well. Yesterday’s class was a study of marriage & Biblical Manhood and Womanhood from Genesis 2, Ephesians 5, 1 Cor. 7 and Proverbs 31. It was a wonderful time of study (had to compete with all the noise outside the classroom, including a very loud block party sounding musical advertisement that lasted close to an hour (to advertise products here in this part of the city, a company packs a truck full of speakers, blasts music and has a dance party in the streets and then encourages people to come and buy). Our study not only included these topics, but an intense look at the gospel in terms of the atonement, our standing before God in Christ Jesus, and Christ as our Righteousness…what a joy to teach these things in Uganda, and to apply them to the marriage relationship. This culture, like ours, is full of sexual immorality, and in many ways, in even more blatant ways such as polygamy, adultery, HIV, and male unfaithfulness. The questions that I received involved many of these issues, and our class together was able to look to the Scriptures for answers as we counsel others.

My class is full of students who are pastors and ministers who live in a culture of polygamy and marital unfaithfulness, and we were able through our constant class mantra “Go to the Gospel and Go to the Text” to look at how marriage displays Christ and the Church. One student seemed throughout the class discussion to be rejoicing in that he was receiving. The blessing of this type of work is that in a week and a half, I leave and return to America, and these students will take the content of this course and potentially be used of God for generations to change the face of marriages here in Uganda…marriages that display the gospel of God, and marriages that picture Christ and the Church (Eph. 5).

Gaba Bible Institute is made up of a lot of local staff…staff that have been students, staff like Sam…a Ugandan man who comes everyday to cook for the school (both staff, including us, and students)…outside, here a hut. Staff like Duncan, the man who gave us a tour of the local mercy ministries (incidentally, he gets married in 10 days…and in our discussion on marriage he said, “marriage is a ministry”). Staff like Francis, a man with a Masters degree in Scripture Translation who leads the Biblical Studies department…this school is changing the face of theological education, and therefore the face of the church here in Uganda, simply by teaching the text.

It is a joy to be here. Still no illness on the team. I spoke with Christie and Micah and Lydia last night, and it was the 1st time I heard Lydia voice the phrase ‘I love you daddy” with unmistakable clarity…miss my family, but sense a major benefit of the work here. Keep us in prayer…

In the uttermost parts… Acts 1:8