At the publishing time of this post, our first Man Up and Go missions team is probably fast asleep after a busy three days in Kampala, Uganda, with Return Ministries
leader and pastor, Samuel Bubonero. Tomorrow they make the long bus ride east to Pallisa, where they will be ministering with another Pastor Samuel, founder of Kerith Ministries and pastor at the River of God church.
Some of our team members are blogging about their experience, so we thought you’d like to hear directly from them (below). We’ve also linked to their blogs so you can get the full scoop.
God is moving through the men’s conferences we are helping to facilitate, and among the orphans and children we are loving on. We continue to pray for His blessing, for His will, and for His divine providence to reign supreme over both our team members and the Ugandan children, men, and women with whom they interact. We hope you’ll enjoy the pictures from the first three days of their trip.
From team member Tyler (Read his blog HERE)
When we went to go pickup team #2 from Return Ministries I was able to find the girl I sponsor. Her name is Mirembe Winney and she is 11 years old (and she’s so tall!). I met her last year on my first day in Uganda and she impressed me so much with how attentive she was to her younger peers. When I walked in she started dancing up and down and ran immediately to me (my heart melted) and she pulled out a picture of the two us together that I had sent her at Christmas time. She wrote me a letter and told me all about her school, friends, and family. It was such a special moment for me and it is one the highlights of my year. Mirembe (which means peace) continues to impress me with her selfless heart as she told me that if I send any gifts, to send a ball because her brothers would love to play with it as well. It was hard to tell her goodbye after such a short time together, but I was able to tell her with confidence that God willing, I will be back again!
From team member Karly
Yesterday, I sat with a Muslim boy (who I also met last year) and his friends for a few hours and was blessed with the opportunity to share the Gospel with my misled Ugandan friends. Please be praying for Mohammed. 19 young men came to a saving faith in the Lord at our first men’s conference!! Our team is healthy and pumped to be traveling to a new city tomorrow to share the word or God and Jesus’ love to these beautiful people. Thank you for the prayers!!
From team member Peter (Read his blog HERE)
When the conference ended a young man came forward and shook my hand. He continued to say “Thank You” for coming. He said that the truths shared were very powerful and he had learned a lot during our time together. He said that he could not thank us enough for coming. He told me that he had accepted Jesus as his personal savior 5 years ago. He said that the Bible he had been given at that time was torn. He said that the the binding of it was also gone. He asked if we could spare another Bible to give him Bible of his own.
I said “Absolutely!” He followed me to the van and I dug out a Bible and gave it to him. He was extremely happy to receive his own Bible. He asked why I came from so far to see them. I explained that it was because I loved Jesus.