Arrived today in Kampala, Uganda. Tomorrow we drive to Bweyale, Uganda (NW of Kampala) to begin SGM’s first pastoral training in that district. It’s an exciting this for us especially as we heard from the conference organizers. They share our heart to train national pastors and to see the local church strengthened.
We will rest tonight (hopefully) and then depart early tomorrow on the 3 hour road trip. Our flights today lasted for over 15 hours and we spend the better part of 27 hours today in a plane, airport, or car. The mosquito-netted bed is looking very nice right now. But before I drift off I wanted to remind you that our enemy is very serious as he sets out to destroy souls. And, at the same time, we play.
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8 ESV).
During the brief duration of this trip so far, I’ ve noticed an increase in the number of men and women who are followers of Islam. Of course we might expect that in East Africa with the Islamic strongholds like Somalia and Ethiopia. But what I’ve observed today is a steady increase in those who give evidence of being deceived. The enemy is working hard to deceive and destroy. And he’s been fairly successful. Islamic strategy in this part of Africa seeks to put millions of dollars in the construction of schools and mosques. The schools usually come first and offer the very poor an opportunity for their children to be educated. They make sure that those who graduate from their schools have the best grades so that they can become the leaders of the next generation.
What they cannot propagate through generosity they achieve through fear. We spoke this evening over dinner regarding the prevalence of terrorist attacks here in Uganda.
The enemy is not content my friends. He is bent on his mission to destroy and deceive. Yet we often find ourselves locked in the midst of trivial pursuits and meaningless conflict. We play while he makes war.
Please join us in prayer this week. We believe that God would use this work to change the hearts and people of East Africa. We believe that He’ll do that through His local church as pastors study, believe, and preach the Bible.
Enough with playing…let’s get on with the task at hand.