Alright guys, I’m bringing it down to a serious level here. Things on this mission trip, things I have described in my little episodes, they are all true. But,
so far, my posts have been centered around the team and the work they are doing, rather than the people of Uganda.
Ugandans are needy people, and yet, they hold Americans, or any white people, in high esteem. By their reasoning, every white man is rich, and really, we are, though maybe not monetarily. To be rich is to recognize what you have, and be thankful for it and content. The people in Uganda have nothing, literally nothing. The average income is 5 dollars a month for a common laborer. That’s devastating, especially in light of the fact that an average family is ten people.
A phrase has been floating around in recent months, when someone complains about something small and insignificant, they end by saying, “first-world problems”. It’s a paradox, because we realize that these so-called, “problems”, are not really anything more than inconveniences and inhibitions to our pleasure.
It’s time to wake up, honestly, that phrase is so overused, but that doesn’t make it any less true? (actually, that phrase is overused too). We need to realize just how much we have, and how much responsibility comes with that. It’s time, to be the Christians we need to be at home and abroad.
We were reading a scripture in my room, rather, the room I share with Zach and Wes Yarber, about what a pastor must be. It was 1 Timothy 3, which begins by saying that if a man desires the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. The passage then goes on to give the qualifications for a bishop, and a deacon. We looked at these qualifications, at least most of them, as ones that we as Christians need to hold, even if we are not in the office of a bishop, we need to desire to be the spiritual leaders in every situation we encounter. In this way we will always remember to help others and be held accountable by our fellow Christians, even as we lead them to be the leaders in their own circles of influence.
The work we are doing here in Uganda is vast and branching out in many areas, but the heart of it, and the center, is the orphanage. The work we are doing there is important to us and to God. The encouragement to you all is to be the Christian leaders in you realms of influence, no matter how old or young you may be. Remember the hurting, help the helpless, and protect the weak.
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist