June 2, 2014
Greetings from the Uganda Outreach Team! Our time in Uganda was incredible, not only because of the work we were able to accomplish but because of how we saw God miraculously move. We had the opportunity to stay for two and a half weeks on the Buvuma Islands of Lake Victoria as well as in Arua, a city in north western Uganda. Just like our location was split between two YWAM bases, our ministry also divided itself into two categories: spiritual outreach and physical support.
At the Buvuma Islands, a collection of 15 islands, our first day of ministry took us by foot across the island of Lingira to preach the gospel in two remote villages and encourage the tiny churches there. This was just the beginning of our speaking ministry which eventually had various of our team members preaching in churches, teaching at a leadership conferences for pastors, and evangelizing at a large crusade on a neighboring island. It pushed most of us out of our comfort zones but the reward of seeing 12 men and women from a variety of religious and economic backgrounds give their lives to Christ in response to the words God put in our mouths made up for any unease.
The YWAM base on Lingira is known for the medical aid it provides to the local community through a small clinic, run by one man in a single room building divided by hand-made wood walls. We were able to temporarily relocate the supplies in the clinic so that we could do construction work on the damaged ceiling and prepare it for rebuilding. Since not everyone on the surrounding Islands can find their own transportation to the clinic, several of our team joined an immunization team and traveled by boat to the surrounding villages providing vaccinations to babies, children, and expectant mothers. Various other activities included rebuilding a damaged village hut and working in the base’s large maize fields.
After our 2 and a half weeks at the Islands, we traveled for 10 hours by bus to the mid sized city of Arua. The large YWAM base there has many ministries both with the local area as well as with refugee camps located several hours away. Our physical activities were limited to practical base support and landscaping work. On one day we were able to walk into town and share the Gospel with a group of motorcycle taxi drivers who were mourning the death of two of their friends. In town we also served with a Congolese church, populated with refugees, where we helped with their outdoor evangelism and encouraged the congregation during their services. We spent a day at a Sudanese refugee camp, praying for and preaching to the people there. Twice we were also able to partner with Compassion International and taught the over 250 sponsored children spiritual and practical truths.
Back on the base we were able to build many strong relationships with the staff and their families. During our first week there we were able to teach the youth as they were preparing to return to boarding schools. We taught them how to use Scripture to defend themselves against temptations and had a great time getting to know them and hear about their struggles in small discussion groups.
Unfortunately, part of our time was taken up with illness but even in this we saw God’s provision. Two of our group were diagnosed with typhoid fever but by God’s grace all of us were healthy by the time we finally packed and traveled over 30 hours to return to Romania.
Sadly the nature of the illnesses we had have prevented us from going on to Hungary so instead we look forward expectantly to the next two weeks of Romanian ministry! We appreciate your prayers and support, knowing that many of you have sustained us spiritually even when we didn’t even realize it. If you would like to continue supporting us through prayer here are some of the things to pray for:
1. Continued physical healing and protection for the duration of the last two weeks of outreach.
2. Strategic and effective ministry openings for the next two weeks.
3. Continued growth in the seeds we planted in Uganda even though we can’t see the fruit.