Thursday, May 24, 2012

Teas...

What a wonderful two nights. Last night, we were invited by one of my students to her house for "tea". This turned into Chai, snacks, "g-nuts" (what they call peanuts here) roasted over an open flame, popcorn and cake. She was so hospitable....one of the best students in my class...the evening was full of laughter and prayer. I could have sat there all night as we all shared and as she expressed gratitude to us. She is beginning a ministry to orphans several hours from our current location. She is sharp and has demonstrated an ability to interpret Scripture well. She is a middle-aged woman with 5 adult children. What a blessing to be in her home. She seemed to be overjoyed that she had 7 white Americans in her home. Connie is her name...what a blessing to have been in her home and to have experienced her hospitality...she likely spent a lot of time and money just to be hospitable to us. On the walk back (in the dark through Ugandan trails), I talked with Silver. His testimony is amazing. He went from being an orphaned, suicidal teenager responsible for two younger siblings, to a star student here at ARCC preparing to one day go to Tanzania with the gospel. What a blessing it was. Tonight, the students invited us to a celebratory tea party (they have been influenced by the British from when Uganda was controlled by Britain...they all have tea a lot). They were so kind, and their words were so meaningful. They are so thankful that we came to teach them. I was already overflowing from my class today where my students broke into 3 groups and were given the assignment to interpret a Scripture passage. They all did a wonderful job and shocked me by their acumen. It was such a blessing to see these Ugandans rightly labeling the context, subject matter, interpretation, application and connection to Jesus within the texts...and some of the texts assigned were not easy ones...like Jame 5:1-6, 1 Cor 7:1-11, Hebrews2. God has been good...and the Word is going forth here...one minute I am walking on streets littered with trash and possible orphaned children, the next I enter a classroom with students ready to go to the nations...Are we ready to do the same?