Uganda Means Young Kids

As you can see from the photos, Uganda means lots of kids. Africa has many of the fastest growing populations in the world. Uganda ranks in the top 5 globally for youngest average age, largest average size family (6.8) and poverty. A number of the kids were rubbing the hair on my arm, probably having never touched a white person before.

Today we finished our two days training 24 Ugandan trainers. Our focus was shepherding through being present, listening, and guiding people to mature in their faith life. Joel was absent today. Then late today he showed up and told me, "I am sorry I was not at training today, but one of the parent's died and I went to be with them. The training on being present and showing care through listening was very helpful to me."

How neat is that - within less than 24 hours he is putting the training to practical use.

This afternoon many of the trainers took turns (in groups of 6 each) to do a dry run teaching one page of the training they have received. Then their group offered feedback, as they help one another make progress as trainers who can train others.

Saturday (Sept 17) we will offer the training to any pastors and leaders in the city of Mbale. I expect perhaps 75-90 people will attend. Three of the Ugandans will co-lead the training with us tomorrow.

I hear rumors that the church will be asking me to preach Sunday, so I will be laying out a sermon sometime in the next 24 hours.

I do long to be home, but at the same time, I am privileged to be among these dear Christ loving, Christ serving people.

Good night from Mbale.

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