Well, we've just recently gotten back from Uganda. What a great trip. I think this is around my 6th or 7th trip there and it is never a disappointment. God really moved while we were there. Our primary focus was to provided training for the pastors and church leaders of Arise Africa's over 200 churches that spread across 22 zones in Uganda.
God has been moving in a powerful way and he has been greatly using Arise Africa to accomplish his mission. This is the way it usually goes: Arise Africa plants a church; the church grows and people start coming from surrounding villages; eventually the church decides to plant another church more convenient to those having to walk long distances; that church grows and flourishes and people start coming from surrounding villages; eventually that church decides to plant another church more convenient to those who have to walk long distances… you get the idea.
The churches are growing so rapidly, and many of them are so far out in the bush that it has become very difficult to make sure that the churches are being properly trained and cared for. For some time now Godfrey Wanamitsa (the Director of Arise Africa and good friend of mine) has been expressing his burden over his responsibility to properly care for his pastors and churches. So when Jimmy and I first started talking with Godfrey about how we could be of use to him and his ministry, the one thing he kept coming back to was training and encouragement for his pastors and church leaders. After much discussion, Godfrey and I finally decided on a plan of attack that would reach all of the churches in all of his zones by traveling each day to 1 zone and providing the means to bring the pastors and church leaders from the surrounding zones to meet us there. Then we were able to spend the better portion of a day training and encouraging them. To reach these zones, however, would still be an enormous task. For instance, one day we did 13 hours of travel to do 5 hours of ministry. It was an 18 hour day! At one point in the day, Beverly (Jimmy's wife) turned to me and said, "Smooth, it's 12:00. We've been going for 8 hours, and the day has just begun!" That particular day, we got up at 4:00 am and got back in bed around midnight. The video below takes place on that day!
It was a long hard trip, but it was very rewarding. I look forward to being able to do it again.