Category: Uganda

Uganda

Well, we are just wrapping up quite a day—our last in Uganda.

We taught at length on what it means to dethrone the tyrant of self and find freedom from the pride of certainty in our own perspective. Many of us brothers contributed by sharing testimonies, insights, and truth from the Word of God. The theme has remained consistent throughout: you’re not going to get all the grace you need directly from God alone; you’re going to have to humble yourself to receive grace in its various forms from the body.

After that, we taught extensively on becoming part of the bride of Christ through baptism, by means of the pledge of a good conscience—becoming the bondslave of Christ by losing our independent autonomy and assuming His name, identity, and very Spirit.

The back-and-forth dialogue was intense at times. The pastor who came yesterday brought an even larger contingent of his fellowship today. At one point, he leapt to his feet and asked, “I’ve been baptized in Jesus’ name already, but what must I do to be part of this kingdom community that you describe—should I be baptized again?” We feel a great deal of respect for this man; he could be a pivotal asset to this work.

We had intensive talks about marriage. The culture here necessitates that the bride and groom cannot be married until he has paid the dowry, which costs exorbitantly, and has financed an epic wedding, another fortune. Thus, people live in sin, as if married for years or even decades, waiting for the day when they can pay the dowry and afford the epic feast. Subscribing to cultural customs forces them to live in sin. We did a lot of dismantling and reasserting of God’s patterns and word.

At the end, we had a powerful baptism of five new members to this fledgling church. Two couples also took marriage vows, consecrating their unions for the first time.

Our hearts have been expanded and enriched by this experience. These are dear, lovable children of God, and there are so many more ready to take initial steps toward the kingdom. You feel the burden of the Lord as we search to know how to support, guide, and protect this fledgling work. Please pray for them. One sister, formerly resistant to the path God is leading them onto, said today that she wants to be in the next baptism, and that is a massive victory!

Emmanuel is remarkably gifted—has the decisiveness and authority of a true leader, the anointing and charisma to lead worship like you can’t imagine, and the depth of conviction to appreciate the bona fide word of life. Pray for him—that he might visit us in Waco, and that God would support and uphold him in this enormous task.

We love you all. We head out for Egypt tomorrow. We covet your continued prayers!

Uganda

It’s 7:30 AM as I watch the sunrise over Lake Victoria, feeling the hope and inspiration of God‘s grace for this small fellowship and what they can become for His glory.

Yesterday was incredibly full—one session after another. We presented the following teachings:

• The gospel of the kingdom,
• The kingdom as the power of the Spirit instituted through the church,
• Repentance as dethroning the false king of self,
• And the baptism of the Spirit as the medium through which the King reigns.

Over seven hours, God gave us the grace to make the vision plain. We answered countless questions, ranging from free grace to “demonology” and eschatology. Some in attendance included leaders from neighboring churches, such as Brother Bennett, a dear man whose heart is being knit together with this work.

After our long day of sessions, Kash met with five baptismal candidates—individuals who have been walking faithfully with Emmanuel for some time now and are approaching water baptism in Jesus’ name.

Today, we anticipate baptizing five new members, performing marriage reconsecration for a handful of couples, and continuing to teach the word, bringing the whole message of this whole life in Christ!

Thank you for your continued prayers. We feel sustained and uplifted by your love and spiritual support!

With much love,

Asi, with the whole team!

Uganda

It’s 8:00 AM Monday morning.

We are in the immediate vicinity of Brother Emmanuel, who is pastoring the budding congregation here on a remote finger of land protruding into Lake Victoria, south and east of Kampala, due east of Busiro.

We landed in Entebbe and were warmly greeted by the happy faces of dear brothers—Craig Macfarlane from South Africa, Caleb Scarborough, Emmanuel, and several of his members.

Our journey took over three hours to reach this remote area, often over “roads” whose rugged, chaotic condition defied the moniker. We arrived at our lodging just after midnight on Saturday night. We’re staying on the property of a wealthy tile merchant, whom Emmanuel has befriended.

This is definitely the tropics—everything grows, the trees are massive, there are more bird varieties than can be counted, and tropical fruits are plentiful. It is quite humid. There are heaps of mosquitoes, no air conditioning, and few “modern” amenities.

We met with Emmanuel’s congregation for just under three hours yesterday morning (Sunday). Their beautiful melodies and rousing worship were refreshing. They give themselves freely to worship God, coming as little children, and you feel His smile of acceptance beaming down on their praise. Brother Emmanuel is quite the worship leader, along with Sister Margaret, a lady in the church.

They introduced us and invited us to share. We spoke on expanding our faith by acting on the mustard seed God gives us. God was widening their vision, strengthening their resolve, expanding their framework for what’s possible, and helping them see that one day, they will be an inspiration and example to other congregations, even as so many around the world—Israel, South Africa, New Zealand—serve as such an example to them today. In the meeting, Brother Emmanuel illustrated the admonition to take one small step in obedience by explaining that, after hearing the new revelation and message from Randy and Kash, he asked them, “What should I do? What is my next step?” He said that Kash answered him, not at all as he expected, or desired. He simply said, “Look around this churchyard. Sweep it, clean it, and bring it into God’s order.”

Emmanuel shared that this was the turning point of his life—a decision and test to receive one simple word from God instead of waiting for the magical transformation he thought he needed.

Later, we toured Brother Emmanuel’s farm and church property. God’s glory shone from every corner. The church, though simple, is immaculate, and the yard is swept. The grass is mowed, and they’ve dug a 60-foot well that allows church members and all the surrounding neighbors to draw water, instead of going down to Lake Victoria—a much further distance.

His compound of living structures, where he accommodates 19 church people—families, singles, elderly, and young—is clean and orderly. Our brothers have helped him start a chicken business, where he is hatching, raising, slaughtering, and selling beautiful, meaty birds. This has proved an economic boon to his fellowship. His permaculture food forest is phenomenal—towering avocado trees, 50 feet in the air, loaded with fruit, flourishing coffee plants, vanilla bean stalks, loaded, cassava, tomatoes, pumpkins, bananas—you name it. The 19 people living there are almost entirely fed from that tiny acreage.

Today is Monday, and in about an hour, meetings, teachings, question and answer sessions will begin and stretch on through till evening. Leaders from other churches will also be gathering, some of whom we feel a lot for. Pray for us—that God will give us strength and wisdom, and sharpen our word to match the readiness and need of these people, so that they may run who hear it.

We love you all. Thank you for standing in your places on the wall. We are serving at different locations, but laboring for the same city, the same kingdom, and the same great King!

May God anoint, grace, advance, and bless all our efforts for His glory—in His name!