At the end of children’s Sunday School, we handed out some of the pillow case dresses many of our supporters made. The girls were really excited and wore them into the Church service.
A couple of us went to the Men’s Sunday school where another group that is supporting the Luanda Children’s Home (we visited the home on Saturday) gave testimonies. We also talked about what it means to put your trust in God to protect you. A question was asked if you were in the Army and called to serve in Sudan what does it really mean to fully trust God to protect you? Do you do something or do you just wait for God to protect you? Most of the Muzungus had a tough time identifying with this circumstance. However, I bet many of our young soldiers also struggle with this.
The rest of Church was praise and worship and teaching. Lots of songs, I mean lots of songs. All the high energy singing really had the Holy Spirit filling the building. Its loud and Spirit filled. It was such a joy to be in that service. I have a hard time describing how cool this service is so you will just to have to come over and experience an Uganda worship service.
On the way home we stopped to buy medicine for tomorrow’s medical mission. It was amazing to see the medical team pack up all the medicine we think we will need for one day of clinic. Great care was taken to make sure each box had the medicine we were purchasing. It gave me great confidence to see the stewardship of our efforts by our Mbale team.
Afterwards we walked around the shopping area to experience that part of the culture. We were tempted to buy some of the raw beef hanging outside the shop after being “assured" it was fresh this morning. Pastor Morris seemed a little worried we might actually purchase some. Next it was across the street to a super market. They had a lot of stuff you might need but probably short the inventory of an HEB, actually way short.
Some of the team spent time getting things ready for the women’s conference on Tuesday and Wednesday. 500 to 600 women are expected. Then it was R&R. Justin and Doug were off for a short run with kids chasing them and adults looking at them wondering why two men would run with no particular place to go. (Many of the COTHA team wondered the same thing about Justin and Doug.) Halfway through the run a tremendous downpour hit and the looks were even stranger.
Tomorrow starts 3 more days of medical missions and the women’s conference starts Tuesday. We ask your prayers for strength, wisdom, faith and protection as we move into the next week. God Bless all for their support because none of this could have happened without your prayers and generous funding. You are making a huge difference and the Ugandans are so grateful.