Team 51 has had the chance to experience life change in many different ways. This week we have enjoyed spending time with the PCM children at our schools and the new babies at Omwana House. However, we have also had the chance to be a part of some evangelism opportunities.
It started with door to door evangelism earlier this week where we had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people around Mbarara.
It was amazing how easy it was to just share about our relationship with God and ask them if they enjoyed the same thing. Many of them were already believers, but there were also many more who did not know the life changing grace of Jesus! Our team partnered up with a Ugandan evangelism team from several local churches and in small groups we got to share with many people. In all this week 61 people gave their lives to Jesus just by walking up and starting a conversation!
We also had the opportunity to see the latest progress on Glory FM which will have its grand opening next month.
Pastor Charles and our other partners Francis and Isaac have been hard at work preparing the studio. Of course Emmy D had to help show off the studio
When it is finished it will be a wonderful place to be able to share the love of Jesus with hundreds of thousands all at once! Stayed tuned for much more to come on Glory FM in just a couple of weeks!
One of the highlights of our trip has been the opportunity to share the Gospel along with several churches at a crusade in Mbarara. Two of our young men on the team want to share some of their experiences:
The Crusade was amazing and a life changing experience. The first night twenty-one people accepted Christ. In all eighty-five people came to know Christ.
There were multiple people who preached and told their testimonies including Steve Alberts, Justin Hayes, Jeremy Roy, and Heather Allen, along with more pastors,
but the one that moved us the most was Jeremy’s testimony.
Here it is. So it all started when a brown recluse bit him. And two months later he was in the hospital with a high fever. He was in there two weeks, and his kidneys were shutting down and his heart started to stop pumping blood. And they told him he has a couple more hours to live. And they told him they had to do a dangerous procedure and Jeremy said “NO” and the doctor said I’ll be here all day but you won’t, and by that time he said ok. So he fell asleep and he woke up, and he found a plastic bag on his face and his breath on the bag, and the doctor said last try and poked the needle straight into the his blood vessel in his neck, and he passed out again. While he was passed out he had a dream. In his dream he saw a red button with the word restart. He pressed the button which propelled him into his destiny. God healed him and he got out of the hospital.
-Andrew Allen and Reed Alexander
Hearing the boys’ reflections on the Crusade reminds me that, though an ocean apart, we share with the people of Uganda the same spiritual needs, and spiritual healing. The team worked with the local churches to go door-to-door, telling people about Jesus and inviting them to the crusade. On arrival to the market square, we found people who wanted to celebrate King Jesus.
We found people who were faced with their lostness and wanted to find salvation. With the stage right in front of a bar, people heard the testimony of His children, they heard the gospel preached, but most importantly they heard the voice of the Spirit call them to the salvation of Jesus!
Reader, you would have been proud of Team 51 as they let Christ live His life through them. As I preached I was witness to team members walking through the crowd, sharing and praying with men, women and children.
The pastors of Uganda work so hard to proclaim the glory of God and in leading the Church to serve as the full body of Christ. I think I can speak for the entire team in saying that we were blessed because we saw how hard they all work to plow the soil and plant seeds, that was our honor to be a part of the harvest work, and was to see people respond to the Good News of Jesus Christ!
– Steve Alberts aka Pastor Steve
The work continues in Uganda. Pastor Evard (pictured above with Steve and who will be coming to the US in November with several other pastors) headed up the evangelism team that went door to door, and he also has been sharing the Gospel at a camp for Congo and Rwandan refugees. What the people want more than anything in the camp are Bibles!
If you want to help us purchase some Bibles for refugees in a few different languages as well as others in Mbarara you can fund one for $10 each. We love having a partnership where we can join our brothers and sisters in bringing the Gospel to the nations!