God's Amazing Grace

We have been traveling to Uganda since 2000. Each time is unique and humbling. It never ceases to amaze me how little people have but how much joy they posses. They exhibit amazing faith under daily trials they face just to exist for that day.
   Brooke had a great time teaching the pastors’ wives and women’s leaders through the book of Philippians and also explaining the biblical role of the woman in the home, the community and the church. A huge challenge for many of these women is they do not read, so their understanding of the Word is elementary. We are praying how we can get audio Bibles into their hands. Please let us know if you have any ideas or would like to help.

   The pastors I taught were elated to use the Inductive Bible Study tools they had already learned to teach through 1Peter. I modeled expository teaching through James. The theme to James is “The Mature Christian”. We looked at this book as it applies to us as pastors and teachers. There are many customs in this culture that are followed in the church but are not biblical, so we talked about how to over come the culture and live as biblical Christians...not Ugandan nor American Christians.

   After observing me for 2 days, we had them teach through 1Peter. Some of them did an amazing job. One of the pastors said he never thought he could stay in one chapter of the Bible to teach. But now that he has seen it done through a whole book of the Bible, he is committing to teach through the Bible verse by verse!
   Another had an epiphany moment when I asked them if they only read a few paragraphs when someone writes them a letter or just a chapter here or there when they read a book. He said the Lord confirmed with him that he must teach the whole book so his people  can get the whole meaning of God’s love letters to His people.

   So we are planning to return in September to much of the same and also work with youth and children. We have a few seats open if any one wants to come along. Give us a shout so we can start making plans.
Because of His grace!

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