Sunday, May 20, 2012

8:15am until...

Today was a busy day for our team in different churches. I preached in a particular church for three services...yes that means three different sermons (Rev. 5, Walk through Ephesians and 2 Cor. 5:21). I hope and pray the gospel was clearly proclaimed. For two of the three services, there was an interpreter. It was tiring, but wonderful...in the last service they also asked me to lead in a time of praying for babies/children...their version of a baby dedication...there were over 20+ children on the stage...many I was asked to hold one by one as we prayed. There was praying for the sick, personal testimony and several offerings. The music was vibrant, including dancing and shouting. The church was nestled in between houses in a village surrounded by mud, trees and some trash. It was up the street from the school. A typical Ugandan Sunday church experience can be from 8:15am to 1:00pm-ish where many persons sit through all three events (service 1, Bible Study, service 2). Children were walking all about, and the sanctuary was a brick framed building with a metal roof, and many holes...only windows, no Central AC. A Ugandan pastor extended an invitation after I preached and one person came forward...it was different than back home, but I basically was asked to pray for him...I treated it like our membership interviews at Grace...and publicly asked him about his recognition of sin and belief in the gospel. I had only a moment following the services to speak with him and a pastor there at the church regarding follow up and discipleship...it is hard to walk away and not know what will come of this person in terms of discipleship, but God is in control. I enjoyed worshiping there today and it was another reminder of the need for Bible centered preaching. Many preachers in these areas are simply listening to a prosperity gospel leader or a cult leader on the radio and re-preaching the same sermons to their congregations on Sundays. Pray for this congregation- Buloba Community Church. Hearing voices raised in praise in the local dialect (Lugandan) is a wonderful experience...