Our last few days have been filled with Lead Like Jesus teaching and training, evidences of God’s Spirit moving in and among His people, worshiping, visiting with Tabitha’s brother’s family, and some fun experiences of visiting Mr. Tasty Fried Chicken, a supermarket, an upscale mall and French Cafesserie, and a traditional Chinese dinner at Fang Fang.
We have had extremely limited internet connectivity, which Sandra has now remedied, so now we are eagerly catching up with friends and family back home.
It’s kind of an interesting experience to stare at my iPad screen and wonder what to do now that we have wifi. I first checked email. Junk. 98% junk. Yuck.
I swiped over a few screens looking for something else, not really recognizing any of the app icons. Is this what a week away from being constantly connected to the internet does?
I must say, I like it. I like looking people in the eye, talking, engaging fully with those around me. It is a good reminder that people are more important than technology. It is rather freeing, and feels very healthy.
As I type now, music and song flows up the hill from tonight’s performance at Kika Performing Arts Center. Some of our group are going down the hill to see tonight’s performance, but Rich and I, along with Sandra and Prisca, are staying in the guesthouse.
Rich preached today, after Pastor George mentioned that he would like us to give a word during worship today. We didn’t know which one of us would end up preaching, just simply waited to see how it would work out when the time came. Rich presented the Lead Like Jesus message based on 2 Peter 5:1-7. It was a joy to listen to the Spirit use him to give out the message to everyone in attendance.
Afterwards, Pastor George invited me to speak, and I spoke on 1 Samuel 12:24–
But be sure to fear The Lord, and serve Him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things He has done for you.
I found myself overwhelmed by a fresh awareness of God’s grace as we worshiped together before the message. There are times when the Spirit simply makes His presence so tangible that He takes my breath away.
There is much more I could say about our time here over the last few days, and others on the team are being much more faithful in journaling daily regardless of whether they have internet or not. I confess that I find myself exhausted after a 60-90 minute drive into town, a full day of training, a carbohydrate-laden lunch, an evening meal, and another 60-120 minute drive back through Kampala rush hour.
Friday and Saturday nights’ drives were particularly long and even harrowing. Kampala rush hour has to be seen to be believed. No street lights, dark-skinned people in dark clothes walking alongside and between vehicles, dimly lit vendor stalls, neon signs, boda bodas flitting among taxis and cars, the whistles of traffic police, vendors hawking their wares, barbecued goat cooking over open flames, and fresh cuts of goat hanging on hooks in the open air as vehicle exhaust and red clay dust make breathing difficult. My words hardly do the experience justice.
In all this, we find ourselves at home in this culture so far removed from our own, connecting with people’s hearts, sensing God’s spirit binding us together as brothers and sisters in Christ, and drawing us closer to Him as we rely on Him each day and often moment-by-moment.