True life

What is the life that is truly life? We started our day with a devotion on 1 Timothy 6:17-19. After a wonderful discussion on sharing and what truly matters in life, we were spiritually re-fueled from observations and assumptions to go serve the Lord again.  


We visited Soroti Community Church and learned about their children’s sponsorship program. To our surprise, all the children were sponsored by individuals from our church since 2008, started with a mission team visiting Soroti just like us. 


Helping one child at a time, up to date, over 300 children were sponsored to be able to finish school. Pastor Julius and his staff showed much gratitude to the contribution from Mariners for all the support from building funds to car payment, yet, they also took pride in their facility and the work with children and their current ways of seeking to be self-sustainable.  


We visited the children who are in class. The physical conditions of the classroom is nowhere near the sophistication of a U.S. school – no computers, no projector, brickwalls without doors or windows to the classroom and don’t even think about heater or air conditioning…  


Yet, just like their pastor, the children greeted us with such gratitude and joy as this is the best place they can be at (which may be true for many of them). 


Life without much possession but with such gratitude and joy, they are sharing with us what true life is.

Our next mission is to invite the villagers to the crusade tonight. A new church will be planted in the village of Kamuda this coming Sunday! We are to accomplish this mission by Door-to-Door Evangelism!! Say what?!  

For those of us who has never done this before or have no idea how this should be done or only read this from biographies of missionaries, the struggle was REAL! After splitting into three teams, we went on our journey completely replying on the grace of God.


Unexpectedly, people welcomed us into their homes and allowed us to share our testimonies. They listened and asked questions and were willing to come to the crusade. My team had the opportunity to visit a Christian home and heard their stories.  


They prayed for rain for three months and for healing of their child’s sickness and the Lord answered both! I wondered how come it didn’t even occur to me to pray for the draught back home during the past two years. Are we trusting in God or our science or technology that may help resolve the situation?


Questions aside, the villagers all came to the crusade with two of our wonderful team members sharing their testimonies. 


 We sang, listened and danced-definitely the African way of crusading!  


At the end, many adults and children stood up and walked to the front to receive the Lord and we held each other’s hands, prayed and hugged. When our hands were joined together, regardless of the 15,000 km distance between LA and Uganda, regardless of our skin color or cultural differences, regardless of the fact that we are complete strangers, the love of Christ fell on us as we were one in Spirit.  


And this is heaven on earth… What is life that is truly life? To share the love Jesus showed us with others, to know the true joy is to abide in the Lord, and to have a new and abundant source in you… I can’t summarize it all, but maybe you can come to Uganda and see for yourself. 

~Lily


Source: Mariners Faith Adventure

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