We arrived at the church in Kumi to singing, dancing, and tribal calls. You would’ve thought these people had won’t the lottery and we were here to give them the money. They were so excited, so overjoyed to see us that we could hardly move around; everyone wanted to shake our hands and tell us how thankful they were that we came to visit them.
The church also spared no expense for our visit and printed out schedules for the day. This is a village church. The people here are common laborers if they have a job all. The average income for these types of families is $5 USD a month. Hardly enough to support a family, much less to support a church. Yet we were so important to them that they took money they could’ve used for food, clothing, tools, and they had these schedules printed for us. It’s humbling to realize the respect these people have for Americans, but more importantly the servants of God. In the schedule it says “Arrival or Christians to Church”, they see us as something different than what they are, and it is our challenge and privilege to convince them that we are the same: all sinners in need of a savior. We simply had the blessing of being born in a 1st world country where we had no lack or desperate need like they do.
We entered the church to praising and singing, the church praise band played their local instruments as only they could do. This instruments resemble a harp in how they’re played, but are shaped like little sailboats with strings where the sail should be. We sang together to God, we sang in English and Ateso, (their local language). But the speaking was done through interpreters, because although English is the national language, only the school children and people living nearer to the cities are expected to speak it or know it. Out here English is little know and not easily understood, so Sam, our main Ugandan contact translated for Todd Allen who delivered the sermon today out of Matthew 28:1-10 on the resurrection of Jesus and our responsibility to go and tell of the things we’ve seen and heard; what God has done in our lives.
As per the norm, whenever certain of the team are engaging in one activity, because of the size and specific talents of the team, some are engaging in a different activity nearby. So the children’s ministry team are doing a Sunday school outside the church while we are here in church partaking in the service.
To wrap up the events of the morning we had lunch after about a 2 1/2 to 3 hour service at the village church. Then we loaded on the bus to do a little cardio/sightseeing. Some rock formations nearby have ancient hieroglyphs. So we saw some neat wall paintings from 1,000 – 3,000 years ago. It was pretty cool, we got our exercise in for the day.
After some down time at the hotel we all head to Dr. Valentine’s House, (one of the local doctors we work with), for dinner. It was great to be able to minster and be ministered unto; to see the people worship; to hear the word preached and the response given. God is good!
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