I travelled with a small team to Uganda on mission at the end of February, with Peter Ashburner (Elder ZKC), Angie Sherridan (ZKC), and Ann Donaldson (Created to Soar ministries), to Entebbe to spend a transformational two weeks sharing the gospel and joining in the Missio Deo alongside a number of incredible brothers and sisters in Christ.
Last year, at Firefest International with Pastors’ Discipleship Network, we made contact with Pastor Richard. We met with him this year to hold an outreach event in the local slum, where he and Pastor Ronnie regularly minister. The impact was huge; many responded to the good news of the Gospel and received prayer. We followed this with a conference for leaders, where we shared the importance of our identity in Christ. We were privileged to partner with Rose, Abby, Richard and Jude and, as we ministered together as a team, we saw how powerful the Gospel is and the effect this had on all who received it.
We were invited to Rukinjiri, 10 and a half hours to the west of the country. Here we had the opportunity to minister to church leaders on identity, and to share the gospel in a school and a prison. Lives were transformed, as hearts were won for Christ. We experienced the power of God as we saw people healed. The mute began to speak, a man with a paralysed arm was able to move it, and a four-year-old boy was able to walk for the first time in his life, all this in front of their community! Throughout our time we saw breakthrough from fear, hearts restored and young people released into the freedom of following Christ. We had the opportunity to speak to 300 prisoners about the truth of belonging to God, sharing His love and not being forgotten.
At Kamuli, Rose, Angie, Anne and Abby led a powerful women’s conference encouraging a fresh understanding of identity. As this was going on, Peter and I had the privilege of buying a Friesian cow on behalf of the team for Pastor Joseph and his future wife. We joined with Jude in locating the cow, and during this time we had the opportunity to speak to a group of children. Over 35 made a decision to follow Him!
In the two weeks in Uganda we saw 192 come to Christ! We finished our time by visiting and encouraging Paul at FACT, meeting with the teachers, and enabling some essential resources to be put in place. It was great to be able to meet up with him and see all that FACT are doing and the difference they are making in so many young people’s lives.
We hope to continue the partnership and visit with a team in August, which will be an exciting continuation of the work that is going on. Obviously this is dependent on the current coronavirus situation improving and resolving, but we pray for God’s work to continue in these areas, and that more lives would be impacted with His love.
Rev Neal Stanton