There’s a team from California made up young adults who are here serving in Uganda. The fundraising and team building they did to make this trip a reality was impressive to watch in the virtual world. They are here for three weeks and planning to do work all over Kampala, Jinja, and some fun projects for Kirabo Seeds.
I met them the first day they arrived, freshly dazed by the amazing life scape of African way of life. I remember my first view of it, and it captured me as much as I could see it got a hold of them. And their eagerness to be a blessing to whomever they encounter was inspiring.
I gave them my testimony of my experiences here in Uganda, beginning to end, good, bad and ugly, and opened up a discussion with them about the realities of serving here. For me I feel it is important to be shrewd on one hand, and gentle on the other. Trust but verify. And I explained how I got the boot camp for doing ministry in Uganda and now I’m a probie but I’ve got better sense about it than I did a year ago.
The most important bit of advice I gave them was to be sure to get enough quiet time in the bible and in prayer before they go out to serve. It’s impossible to give from our own reserves, it’s got to come from God, so I feel like it’s wise to top up with a daily dose of the word and conversation with the Lord before stepping into the work.
I mentioned how Mzungus are viewed here and advised them not to give out material goods but to generously give scripture, bible knowledge, love and prayer. There will be many hints for needs to be met, out right requests, and even some demands, but the most important thing to give away is God’s love and truth.
They came to eat dinner with us at our Kirabo Seeds house last night and meet the children. After a few days serving here, beginning to bridge new relationships with Ugandans and settling into a slower pace they were glowing with excitement and bursting with stories.
It was so fun for me to experience their wonder at the way they see life happening here. They are falling in love in the same way I did on my first trip. Their curiosity and love will teach them much about doing ministry here. I look forward to spending Sunday with them and getting them really involved with our beautiful children here.
my internet connection is too slow to add photos today. Wah.