Good bye Uganda

It was a splendid day of worship at Prayer Palace.  It is so exciting to circle the clock tower downtown and look to the left where choir music fills the air and the wood beams high in the air announce Prayer Palace expansion.  The chairs have been rearranged to put the construction at the back of the ssanctuary,, so it feeels a bit like an outdoor camp meeting since the platformm is a raised area with a tent where the wall has been taken out.  I was sorry to sit on the platform rather than the front row seats we are used to, but the choir was to our side, and the Spirit moves so mightily there, we were soon caught up in the worship.  They sang all of our favorite songs.  The choir sang “You are Awesome” and Grivas led the congregation in one of our favorite Lugandan songs.  We call it “oh Sunny Day,” but it is actually “Osanide” which means Lord, you are worthy.”

Grivas preached from Psalm 103, a passage I had quoted that morning as I lay in bed and prayed for the service.  It was powerful.  BTW, they take a Thanksgiving offering early in the service, then at the end, a gathering of the tithes, then a third free will offering.  Grivas acctually took up a 4th offering, asking people to pledge payment for one pole in the new sanctuary.  The platform filled with people who would support the building project.  These are giving people!!

Judy spoke on the anointing of David and his extraordinary faith in killing a lion, a bear and a giant.  She affirmed the anointing on Prayer Palace, how we had seen the drawings from their vision 6 years ago, and now God’s call through the television ministry to six nations.  Her prophesy was both an affirmation that God had kept His promise, and that He was leading them as nation changers.  It was an incredible service.  We got out about 3 in the afternoon, and had a last dinner with Eric at Java, which is a restaurant popular with foreigners as well as Ugandans for its semi-familiar food.

Grivas is coming for breakfast with us, and we will pray together.  Brief meetings with Willie from Waterstep and Pastor Steve, representing the Antioch alliance, and then we are off to Entebbe for the 30 plus hour plane adventure.  Our hearts are full,, and our arms are empty missing loved ones at home.   A grand reunion lies ahead.  Pray for our favor in customs annd connections.  It is hard to keep everything together for so many flights andd so little sleep.  The JOY of the Lord is our strength!


About thegriefexperience

I have recently published a book for grieving people called Comfort and Joy available at my website, I received my Doctor of Education degree from the University of Louisville, and also hold a Master of Science degree and a Physician Assistant degree. I lived as a short term missionary in Swaziland, South Africa, prior to my life as a grief coach and author. My story is about the fact that I am an expert in grief, learning through the goodness of God to navigate a life of sudden turns and repeated trauma that brought grief and loss. I have learned about grief as an unwilling student in a life shaken by sudden death, suicide, and devastating illness. I have been widowed three times, and have raised five children in the midst of earthquake life changes. I have counseled, written and taught classes on The Grief Experience because it is what I have learned well. No amount of education or theory prepares you for multiple experiences of death and loss. But I have found healing in Jesus Christ who is the only One who has conquered death. What He has done for me, He will do for you. Visit my blog at
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