Simeon and Gerald arrived safely in Uganda late on 7th March, the Lord overruling in the matter of Gerald’s VISA and Simeon’s luggage. Thank you for praying for us in this and in all other aspects of our time in Uganda.
Bombo report—9th to 12th March
This conference was with the military personnel, most of whom were officers in the UPDF but some were also in the Air Force and the Police Service. The conference was held at Living Hope Church in Kiterede neat Bombo. This is a church planted by the officers who are based at the Bombo barracks of the UPDF. They also have a church in Mogadishu, Somalia, where they have been doing peace-keeping duties.
We had 41 participants who were thoroughly committed to the training and engaged well with the material on the Bible Overview, Interpreting the Bible and ‘What is a Christian?’ We were greatly encouraged that the local leaders had already promoted a Bible Reading scheme, one they had produced themselves, and which they were following together.
The conference was well run considering we were using an incomplete building with basic facilities. They were very keen for us to return again and continue the training.
Emmanuel Magambo did an excellent job of coordination and in assisting with the teaching, especially in providing helpful cultural application.
The last day included a Sunday service at Living Hope church at which Gerald preached. At the end of the day we were able to give them certificates and copies of three books – ‘God’s Big Picture’, ‘God’s Big Story’ and ‘What is a Christian?’
It was a great joy and privilege to be with these faithful men and women of God.
Please pray for them as they grow the church and commit to faithful Bible ministry and as they stand against the prosperity gospel. In response to the training they have already changed their second Sunday service to one where God’s word is preached.
Moroto report—15th to 18th March
It was necessary for us to fly to this location as the road journey would have been long and arduous. We flew with MAF with a new pilot and over most of northern Uganda! It was quite an experience and gave Simeon a great opportunity to gain a much wider perspective on the country.
This conference had a very different feel to the Bombo conference. There were 28 eager participants most of whom were pastors from 14 different denominations. There was a real sense of wanting to work together for the gospel but that was mixed with a very war like tribal mind-set.
The gospel opportunities in this area are very new and you could sense the newness in the enthusiasm of the attendees. We taught the same material here as at Bombo, here though there was a lot more questioning and vying to be heard. Emmanuel Okwalinga who was teaching with us proved to be very valuable in dealing with the questions about some of the unscrupulous actions of those pushing the prosperity gospel to line their own pockets.