Wednesday, September 22, 2010

One Of My Best Students

This is from a recent newsletter from Gaba Bible Institute-where Christie and I were in Uganda this summer. This gentleman was one of my best students:

Training Leaders Intl

Okumu Ereya will graduate from GBI this December. He began studying full-time at GBI in 2008 but switched to our Holiday Intensive Program this past year so he could take a full-time position as a construction foreman.

Okumu came to Christ in 1989 and began serving with Reconciliation Ministries in Soroti soon after. While serving in the church he continued to work in construction and steel fabrication.

In 2006 Okumu and his family were called to serve alongside Pastor Luis Mukundo reaching out to the Muslim population in Kibuli, a small community in Kampala. When he began his studies at GBI Okumu committed himself to full-time study and service in the church.

Okumu describes his experience at GBI as a "panel beating." A term steel fabricators use when describing the process of restoring and refurbishing a car that has been damaged. Okumu can see that his time at GBI was meant by God to transform him into the man that God desires him to be.

Through the course of his studies Okumu realized that the majority of his time was now spent only with believers and that he was no longer using his God given ability in construction. So in January 2010 he began working again as a construction foreman and finishing his studies part-time. Upon graduation this December, Okumu will continue to work construction to support the ministry that God has called him to of reaching the Muslim population.

It is his desire to be sent out by Pastor Luis to plant his own church someday while at the same time supporting the church through the "tent-making ministry" that God has given to him.