Uganda—The Work is Not Done, part 1 of 3
By Dave Kroeze, Outreach Pastor
This Week’s Blog Series
Just because we are not in Uganda right now does not mean that our work there is done. You know that we send a mission team to Uganda over New Years, but what you don’t see is the ongoing relationships that we have throughout the year.
This week, allow me to share with you how we are at work with our Ugandan partners throughout the year to empower them to do the work that God has called them to do.
Supporting Our Partners
Missionaries used to go to Africa, convert a bunch of people, and then leave.
It was wonderful that there were a bunch of new Christians who had said the sinner’s prayer, but they were unequipped to encounter the immediate struggles of life. They had made a profession of faith, but oftentimes they did not know what that entailed nor the implications of that decision.
As a result, the quantity of people sitting in church services each week increased because being a Christian was the popular thing to do, but the number of people reproducing their faith was minimal.
Today, many churches take a different approach to international work, including McLean Bible Church. Instead of flying overseas to convert people, we fly overseas to support our partners.
“We see so much more fruit when we
support the work that God is already doing.”
Yes, we have salvation conversations and many people are born again. But, we see so much more fruit when we support the work that God is already doing and when we empower these local pastors for the ministry that God has prepared them to do.
In Uganda, we have two partners that we have grown to know and love over the past two years of our short-term mission trips: Saint Gate’s Church and Destiny Village Boarding School.
Background: The Village of Katwe
The village of Katwe is a small urban community within the limits of Kampala, capital city of Uganda.
There are approximately 500,000 people who literally live on top of each other. To get from home to home often involves a climb on a rickety bridge across a stream of contaminated water at best. The children have significant health ailments with basically every one of them having worms in their tummy’s and rashes and sores caused by rabies. These families are in need of redemption in a way that only Christ can provide.
Our Partner: Saint Gate’s Church
Right in the center of this community is Saints’ Gate Church. This church regularly has 1300-1500 attendees that have nothing but trust and dependence upon the Lord for their needs each day.
Sometimes, the Lord uses us, MBC Loudoun, to provide in a tangible way. This past trip, we had the opportunity to work with Saint Gate’s to provide a 3-day medical clinic.
How beautiful it was to see nearly 1000 individuals come to the church to receive medicine for physical healing while also hearing the Gospel for spiritual healing. This was an amazing opportunity to empower local doctors, pay them a small salary for the day, and get out of the way so that the Lord could work through this church family!
It was truly beautiful.
Our Partner: Destiny Village Boarding School
Closely connected to the Church (in that the staff overlap completely) is an evangelical school called Destiny Village Boarding School. On this campus, there are 1800 students, including 100 children from infancy to 5 years old who have been rescued from the worst of situations.
The vast majority of these students come from the community of Katwe where they have been abandoned or orphaned. They receive sponsorship through World Help. The school and church are run by the leadership of Pastor Fred, Momma Evah, and the Worship Pastor/School Director Pastor Julius.
Our short-term mission trips this year and last were hard work but so rewarding. We worked side-by-side with Pastor Fred, Momma Evah, and Pastor Julius as well as many others, and we have become friends and partners with them in remembering the poor (see Gal 2:10).
Today, take a few moments to pray for Pastor Fred, Momma Evah, and Pastor Julius as they lead these people and shepherd the flock that the Lord has given them.
Father, we lift up Pastor Fred, Momma Evah, and Pastor Julius as they lead your people in Uganda today. As Paul says in Philippians 1:3-6, we thank You every day with joy for their partnership in the Gospel. We pray with confidence that the good work You have begun in them would be brought to completion in Your perfect timing. Use us, Lord, as humble and generous supporters to provide resources that enhance Your kingdom through their humble efforts. For Your namesake and not our own. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Blog Posts from our Uganda Mission Trips
If you’d like to re-read our blog posts chronicling our trips to Uganda, follow the links below.