Let me first say it has been a really awesome season here in Wabigalo, more specifically at and around the community that is Sojourn Church.
Dan has been stressing our uniform call to proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ve talked a lot about Acts 18:10, “for I have many in this city who are my people.” There are many here, in Wabigalo, in Kampala, who belong to Jesus, they just don’t know it yet. To think on this can make your heart to soar. What a beautiful, encouraging thought. On top of that, knowing Jesus has us in this very place, at this very time for a specific purpose. He has given us new hearts and new minds. We are receivers, beneficiaries of his gospel of grace. We have received the treasure. This should be spewing from every essence of our being. Right? Why is it that so often it does not play out like this? The Spirit of the King and Creator God is living inside of us. This. Changes. Everything. How could it not?
On that note, as we push into 2012 I am excited about the year ahead. We learned so much in rolling out and working through our first year of executing Plant:Uganda on the ground in Wabigalo. As we move into our second year I feel all involved are more prepared to fulfill their duties in an efficient and effective manner. Even more than that, I am excited to be seeing the gospel taking roots here as the people of Sojourn experience personal growth and grounding in the Lord.
At this moment, empowered through Plant:Uganda, the people of Sojourn Church are engaged in relationship with 22 poverty stricken households within the Wabigalo Parish. Within these 22 homes there are 36 children who are receiving an education they were not have been capable of attaining on their own. At Sojourn this is seen as an opportunity to enter into relationship with households, families we would not otherwise know. This is seen as an opportunity to love, care for and encourage families, asking for nothing in return. It is our hope that through our constant and selfless pursuit of them, that they might see Jesus in us. These families, as do most in Wabigalo, deal with the effects of poverty and brokenness to a devastating degree. We know money and programs or ministries can only mask these problems. It is Jesus, through his Church that has promised to bring a lasting and redemptive change to the core of all brokenness and pain.
I have been so encouraged to see how God is working in and through this ministry, these people, this place.
How can you get involved?
Financially. Commit to partnering with us in bringing the gospel into more households in Wabigalo. Sponsor a child and allow Sojourn to dig their roots farther into this community. It is our hope that by the second term of this year, mid-May, that we will have 50 children in school. We are in need of 14 more sponsors than we currently have committed. Might you be a part of us realizing this goal? Perhaps it’s you, individually. Or maybe it’s you, together, with you family? Maybe it’s your community group? I ask you, consider what it would take for you to invest. God is working here. There are many here who belong to Jesus, they just don’t know it yet. People are starved. Invest with us. Become a part of the change the gospel is bringing.
Pray. Partner with us in prayer. We are desperate for your prayers. Pray is our power, our strength, our wisdom, our direction, our everything. We covet your prayers.
Pray that God would take much glory for himself here. Pray that his name, his goodness, his truth would be made known in this place.
On the ground in Wabigalo my role is to lead and direct what Sojourn calls their Family Development Ministry. Plant:Uganda, the 36 kids and their 22 families are all a part of the Family Development Ministry. My job is to disciple, encourage, love on and pour into the people of Sojourn so that they might do the same with these families (and others!). Pray for me as I long to fulfill this role to it’s full. Pray that my decisions, actions and words would honor Jesus. Pray for continued depth in relationship with the amazing people who are Sojourn. A big part of my job here is to replace myself. Pray for wisdom and discernment as we still labor to identify the person who will fill this role. With the involvement required as part of the church body and job skills qualifications we are looking for someone from within the Sojourn community, but who is also college educated. This limits us greatly. Pray that God would make it clear who he has for us. Pray that I would train and equip them well. Pray for humility. I can be such a glory monger. Pray for me that I would learn how to take praise graciously, but in such a way that points to Jesus. Pray for me as I do not know what the end of my two-year commitment here will bring. Pray for patience and trust in God’s plan and provision.
Currently we have 13 individuals from within the Sojourn family who are committed to laboring as “Patrons”. Each one is responsible for looking after one (and some currently have two) of the 22 partner families we work with. Pray that more patrons would be raised up, that we might end the year with more patrons than families. Pray that Sojourn would be a community of disciples, making disciples, making disciples. Pray that our people would walk in truth and light, honoring God in how they approach and care for these families. Pray for relationships to strengthen and grow. Pray that patrons would thrive in their role and always be seeking to bring glory to God and not themselves.
Pray for the partner families and their children. Pray that they would come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Pray that their lives would be changed by the gospel of grace and that they would spend the remainder of their days relentlessly pursuing the expansion of Christ’s Kingdom. Pray that they would also become disciples, who make disciples, who make disciples.
For more information about how to support a child through a sponsorship please email email@example.com.