Peter’s Man Up Trip Experience: “Was It Worth It?”

his blog post was written by Peter, a married father of four and General Manager at a concrete production facility in Kansas. He went on our May/June Man Up Missions trip to Uganda.  Here are his reflections of the impact of this trip.

As I have taken the time to reflect on the Man Up trip I finally feel prepared to try and summarize the trip. It is nearly a month since we have returned home and many people have stopped me at work, in the supermarket, and at Church. Invariably they ask, “So how was it?” or “Would you go back?” It is a struggle to verbalize the experience and its “worth”…

I was reminded of the story of John the Baptist and his question to Jesus to confirm that Jesus was The One.  John was sitting in prison awaiting his death and was beginning to question if his ministry was fulfilled. Was Christ really whom he proclaimed to be? John sent his disciples for verification that his ministry had not been in vain that Jesus was truly the Son of God.

Luke 7:20 “And when the men had come to Him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”

Jesus responded in a way that unequivocally said “Yes!” without saying the exact word “Yes!”

Luke 7:22 And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.”

So as I reflect back and I am asked in essence “Was it worth it?” I have chosen to respond, “Ask those on the trip what they saw and heard. Orphans were loved and provided for, widows were empowered, men were encouraged to step up as spiritual and family leaders, the Word of God was handed out, the truth Jesus Christ was preached, and nearly 250 people accepted Jesus as their personal Savior… “

This trip was one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my entire life. Christ was glorified through the team. I was given the honor of being a part of a team in which He chose to use for His glory. The chief purpose of man is to bring glory to God. This trip did exactly that!

When Jesus was asked to verify the validity of John the Baptist as a servant of God He explains His importance in Luke 7:28a “I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John.” Jesus was pointing out that men of faith such as Moses, Noah, Jeremiah and Isaiah take a back seat to John.

Reading this we marvel at the place John the Baptist has in the Kingdom of God. However in reading on we see as servants of Christ where our place is… Luke 28b “Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” We as followers of Christ who have experienced the full understanding of the gospel and live in obedience to Christ are greater than even John the Baptist!

With this realized I ask you this. “Would a two week trip in which your obedience to God and the fruit of the trip that is generated as being seen as greater than all of the prophets as “worth it”?”

Tyler’s Trip Experience: “Babies Holding Babies”

The following blog post was written by a 19-year old student-athlete named Tyler, who accompanied us on our May-June trip. These are his words regarding the impact of a Man Up Missions Trip.

I am currently on the last leg of our flight home and with 3 hours of free time to spare I can’t think of a better time to share some takeaways from my very first Man Up trip to Uganda.

1) “Babies holding babies.”

  • Mark and I coined this phrase after spending our first work day with Return Ministries in Kampala. It was amazing to witness how the children who probably did not get enough attention and love at home, really stuck together and cared for each other. It is not uncommon to see a toddler holding an infant and making sure they get fed and cared for. I first thought about this when my sweet friend Mirembe, age 10, refused to leave my sight all day except to care for her brother Jonah who was probably a little less than a year old. Although Mirembe was 10 years old, throughout the week I saw several instances of toddlers doing the same for their infant brothers and sisters. I’m unsure if it is just an instinct, but I really doubt you find many “babies holding babies” in America.

2) Brohaun (spelling?) from Palissa was an incredible man.

  • I wish I could have seen Brohaun and our “A-Team” (Mark, Chris, and Peter) in action. But our “A-Team” raved about his charisma and power in speaking to high school boys and bringing them to Christ. Brohaun is extremely disciplined and has a bright future. He goes to sleep at midnight and wakes up at 3 in the morning to study the bible. If only there were more of that kind of human in this world.

3) Divine Appointments

  • The team was warned that we need a prescription of “flex pills” as any plans that we had usually fell through and we ended up doing something entirely else. I was blessed to join the “A-Team” for the last two days in Jinja. I felt more comfortable speaking to peers rather than men over twenty years older than me about Christ and this ended up being my favorite part of the trip (even if I did get laughed at every time I announced I was 19 years old). We made four unplanned trips to schools throughout Uganda to preach to the next generation of men, bringing around 250 youth to declare Christ in their hearts. God did such incredible things with the timing of it all. About 200 of the 250 young men that we reached were entirely unplanned but with the curve balls we had thrown our way, it turned out to be a HUGE blessing.