Medicine In Your Pocket

Training in Kumi went well, about 45-50 attended. Three of the trainers led portions of the training on our focus topic - understanding suffering and helping those who suffer. Some of the questions Ugandans ask about suffering are:

- Is suffering from God or from Satan?
- If Jesus become poor so we could become rich, why am I still in poverty?
- Is suffering a generational curse, a punishment for bad that my parents or grandparents did?

How would you answer those questions, biblically?

We had everyone memorize 1 Peter 4:19. I said, "You now have medicine in your pocket from God's word. You each can give that medicine to anyone who is suffering."  At the conclusion of the training I asked all to stand and we prayed over them (I read 1-Peter 5:6-12).

On the drive back to Mbale, traffic came to a halt for 5 minutes. It was a large crowd of young people, about 100-150 people running up the highway. They were following a female "prophet" who was wild-eyed and waving a machete to chase away "demons."  In truth, she herself was influenced by the demonic. But a huge crowd was following her. Ugandans fear spirits, and if someone claims power to chase away demons, people follow and listen and pay money.

We are 8 hours ahead of USA central time. Today we drive 2 hours to a poor, rural area named Pallisa. Pray for safe travel, and that we can adjust our training (these people will be lower educated and possibly have several different dialects). Then Sunday morning I give the sermon at the main church in Mbale, then drive 6 hours to Entebbe. My flight to Ghana departs Entebbe Monday morning at 4:20, connecting through Nairobi, Kenya. So prayers for safety, health and physical stamina are appreciated.

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1. Towner home group wrote:
Greetings Pastor Paul,trainers,trainees&those believers under your care.As promised we covered you all in prayer as each individual group member prayed through the list of requests from Pastor Paul. Our study on prayer urges us to be earnest to bless in Jesus' Name, so we send you this verse:Acts20:32"So now brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." We sang "God Be With You", another old hymn.Verse 4:"God be with you til we meet again; When life's perils, thick confound you, Put His arms unfailing round you"...We as well find great encouragement from good reports and the blessing you sent to us as we remain prayerful.

Sat, April 1, 2017 @ 12:47 PM

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