Saturday - Training in Mbale

One hundred people came to the day long training today in Mbale. Many are young in their teens, twenties and thirties (see the photos). That is hopeful for Uganda - future leaders in a country with such a young average age.

We involved three of the trainers doing portions of the training today. Oh they did well. They relate the Bible teaching to Ugandan culture and Ugandan issues. People were laughing, "amening" and applauding as these Ugandan trainers delivered solid teaching with real practical examples. Late in the day I noticed the audience was still actively listening and actively engaging. Pastor David said to me "Paul, many of these people have depression or anger or worry and they do not know how to deal with it, so they are finding help and hope today." (Our training included God's way of handling difficult emotions.) See David and Joel (hamming it up in photo).

As we ended, my training partner, Mark Wold, prayed for all who attended. Christopher, a young pastor in his 30s extended his arms in the air inviting Mark's prayer of blessing upon his own life. (See photo of Christopher from behind).

They are examples of unity, joy, being at peace with one another even though they do not agree on all matters. They love the Lord, and it shows in how they love one another.

As we sang our closing song (and Ugandans know how to SING with their whole body), people voluntarily came up and contributed money as a thank you offering to Mark and myself. These people have little or no money. Poverty is the norm here. Yet here they were filing up front to lay some money on the table (just like the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8 who "gave generously out of their extreme poverty"). We told them thank you, but like the apostle Paul we keep no money for ourselves. We let them know their funds would be used to help very poor believers in Malawi where Mark will be going soon.

Tomorrow I preach at the Mbale church from James 1:2-25.

Your prayers are giving me good sleep, inner peace, and stamina to love and teach. Thank you - keep them coming!

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