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.
Posted on Sat, April 1, 2017
by Amy Henderson