I had the opportunity to minister with a group of pastors and church leaders on Namitale Island on Thursday. It was a cool experience. There is no electricity or running water on this small island of maybe 3,000 people. The only vehicles I saw were a boda (Motorbike) and massive new earth mover. They told me that the bulldozer was brought over on a ferry in order to make roads on the island. There was indeed a good dirt road, but no evidence of vehicles to travel on it. I guess they are preparing for the future!
|Mukene laid out to dry by the lakeshore.|
We launched out to Namitale from Kiyindi at about 10:30 AM, singing as we went. Several men and women from the Kiyindi discipleship group joined us as our hosts for the day. We were 15 people in all.
Pastor Stephen Tenywa has been reaching these islands for several years, but he has come alive with passion as he began to learn how to accurately handle the Word of Truth through our studies. He started another discipleship group at a church on Namitale 5 weeks ago. This is the dynamic of making disciples!
|About 30 people gathered for training on the island.|
I was taught 12 years ago by my friend, Tim Miller (Disciple The Nations). Tim has since written a book (30x60x100) which is the guide for our study groups here. I've trained two groups of church leaders so far. Now one of them has started another group elsewhere. Other men are also planning to go and share the gospel in this way. This is the instruction of 2 Timothy 2:2, "The things which you have heard from me among many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."
Our training for the day was held in a small, mud structure (pictured left). We were joined by about 15-20 people from Namitale and neighboring islands. Some of the other pastors taught brief sessions from our studies and gave testimonies of how it was transforming their ability to teach the Word of God. I shared a message about making disciples. Then we had a short break before I led the next session, an overview of Old Testament history from Ruth through the kings and up to Ezra/Nehemiah.
|Moses (left) grew up at GSF and translated for me.|
I finished with a favorite teaching from Malachi 4:6 (the last words of the OT), connecting to Luke 1:17 (purpose of John, opening the NT). These passages both talk about God's desire to "turn the hearts of father's to their children." This is a much needed message here in Uganda! It also helps to demonstrate the connections within the entire Bible, which is one of the main points of our study. The Bible is intricately interwoven, not a mere compilation of nice stories.
|Launching the boat back into the water for the return journey.|
|Pastor Stephen and his wife (left) are our hosts in Kiyindi. Pastor Moses (next to me) has a church near GSF.|
A rain storm blew in during lunch and we could see white caps all over the lake, so our return journey was delayed a bit. Once the storm passed, we launched out again. The praise and worship singing carried us the entire journey back to Kiyindi. We said farewell to our brothers there and returned home. What an amazing day!