I am taking a break after a couple of long days, and it will be wonderful to have a night in at the hotel. Our all day meeting at Faith Tabernacle Church was wonderful. We watched the sky, and this time, the rains threatened, even some bolts of lightning, but we stayed dry. Pastors Steve and Gordon came and lent their support. It was so great to have them. There were many children there, and they seemed a bit restless, so I suddenly had an idea. When my children were growing up, they often asked to hear the story of the lost sheep and the Good Shepherd. Over many years of telling it, I embellished the details and added lots of motion. They never got tired of it. So I asked Lewis’s permission, and pulled a chair into the middle of the pile of kids, and told my story. Just like my grandchildren, they were counting the sheep and listening for the faint baaaa in the thicket. It’s a cross cultural story.
The adults began gathering in and Judy gave a profound word of encouragement based on the story of Gideon. Did I mention that five goats also came to church? One stepped up to the keyboard and I thought he was going to sing a solo. We prayed for the people and anointed them with oil. We left just before 5 to figure out how to beat the jam and outrun the rain. Lewis said the people stayed until 6:30 asking for prayer. He has set Tuesday and Thursday for prayer and praise from 4 to 6, and will have Sunday services at 10. I believe we have had a small part in birthing a new church that will bless Nyanema and beyond. Doesn’t it make you want to jump on the next plane to Uganda? There is such glory here!
A few more donations have come in, so we have commissioned Pastor Steve, who has excellent building skills, to start laying brick for a couple feet of wall so the water will not rush through the church when it rains. He sent pictures already! The bricks and sand and concrete were delivered today, and the church will have a perimeter of red bricks.
Art and Judy left early this morning with Grivas to work on the legal side of the television station and NGO that has been formed to get the equipment into the country. Their meeting with the lawyer went on for hours. I felt sorry for them. I asked Eric to drop me off at the craft market, and I had a couple of leisure hours to shop for gifts for family, especially grandkids! We went back to the hotel where we were to meet up and go eat. We are eating out one meal a day to save money, so I had a snack with Eric while we waited. Grivas called, and Eric told him we had eaten. I finally got a a message to Art to bring me a to go box of some real food, whatever meat and vegetables was available. They were too far away to get through the traffic to come here first. Judy arrived a few hours later, and was very proud of the box she handed me. I looked at it. It was bumpy like coral rock, and mushy like pasta. What is it? She said the waiter told her it was beef stuffed with a curry sauce. I ate a couple of pieces, but it’s hard to eat something when you don’t know what it is, and you’re in the middle of Africa. She was disappointed, and I was hungry.
A couple hours later, I looked it up on google. Sure enough it was beef–cow intestines to be exact. I’ve heard of tripe, but I’ve never eaten it before. The moral of the story is, don’t send Judy for carry out, and use the internet before you eat, not after…. We all laughed hysterically and I fried a couple of eggs and had ginger snaps for dessert. The ginger in Uganda is amazing. They pour it in fruit juice, and anything ginger is very strong with the spice.
Tomorrow morning early, Art and Judy will go to Signet, the television people who will finalize what has to be done to get on the air. Art and Grivas are a great team. Never give up, persevere, keep asking, seeking, knocking. It is going to happen, and millions of people will soon hear the gospel broadcast from Prayer Palace. I wish I could give you a report on all of the legal and tactical work that they have done on the ground. I will pray, and be involved in the logistics as much as I can. There has been significant work here for each of us in very different spheres of influence. I have felt so much a part of the body of Christ with the coming together of business, preaching, church planting, painting, building, praying, celebrating!!!
Three more days. There are lots of loose ends to be tied!