Uganda 2014 saw us going to 74 churches, schools, and crusades during our 90 days in the country. I was delighted to have two others with me on this ministry trip and both Crystal and Nelson significantly contributed and rounded out CCIM’s presence in Uganda. We had a great time as a team and I thank the Lord for putting us together.
Moving from church to church, from host to host (we stayed in over 20 homes) we partnered alongside ministries already in place bringing God’s touch. At the core of our work is inner healing and deliverance. God’s desire is to see his people fully equipped and empowered to do the work He has gifted them with. This requires that hurts and shame and the lies believed are brought to the cross; personal revival is an ongoing and necessary work within the heart and mind of all those who give their lives to the Lord’s work.In fact, the call to revival is a call to the body of Christ, to show the way, to lead forward in humility and to act as a forerunner for the repentance and freedom of communities and nations. This I preached most everywhere we went. The body of Christ must continue to know the transformative touch of our Lord if they are to effectively translate Him to their communities and congregations.
The passion for the Lord is rich in Uganda. Leaders are ministering within their communities and are on the forefront of positive solutions for those in need and to which the Lord has called them. We were blessed beyond measure by the passion and heart and prayers for the things of God.
At the same time, we were told by many every bit of our time there, that those in leadership in the churches are often untrained and ill-equipped to bring the fullness of the wisdom of the Lord to their congregations; as one leader put it, “Christianity is wide in Uganda, but it is not deep.”
We therefore spent much time teaching about how bad fruits are the result of the roots in our lives. We taught about the wounds in our lives and about healing prayer. We called churches back to their first love and the core gospel of Jesus Christ. We looked at how we can be in ministry but not completely aligned with the heart of God and maybe even outside of the Lord’s specific covering. We gave bigger pictures of the strongholds of poverty.
People came to know the Lord, many were healed of deep emotional wounds, regrets and losses were surrendered to the cross of Christ. Strengths were renewed, hope was refreshed and we were all encouraged by mutual fellowship in the Lord and each other. And corporately in church after church we repented of our involvement in strongholds of religion and claimed instead our lives, the churches and the communities for the gospel and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And as we went along, nearly every single leader sat me down and implored me to bring CCIM presence and materials into Uganda in a more deliberate and strategic fashion. It was a very good thing I was in the country for three months as it took nearly that long for me to really hear the requests and to shift in my own being into the next level as the Lord is leading within the country of Uganda.
And of course, we shook hundreds and hundreds of hands, often within a single day, as we visited many schools and attended many crusades. Both Nelson and Crystal brought songs and taught children how to pray healing pray for others. It was rich and delightful and powerful in the presence of the Lord.
There is so much to tell, it will take some time to unearth all the stories. There are though, a few HERE, and HERE, and HERE, and even HERE.
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favouritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18