Greetings from 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!

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