We recently discovered that Godfrey and some of the lead staff of Arise Africa do not take salaries so that there is more money to do the work of the ministry. Mark Harvey and I had a chance to sit down with Godfrey and talk about how he supports himself and is able to make a living without ever having a salary.
Apologies for the poor video quality. I didn't realize until it was already uploaded.
I had the privilege of sharing a meal with some people from the Ugandan side of our team, and to hang out a little while with Pastor Moses Wampande. Pastor Wampande doesn't speak English, but he dictated a letter of thanks and had someone write it in English so that he could personally say thank you.
One of my favorite things about coming to Uganda is being able to be a part of their worship services. These are a people who have so little and yet full joy of the Lord which makes itself so evident in their worship. Check out both clips. They will bless you.
I love to watch the children dance and have a good time during worship!
Our mission goes far beyond just the few days that we are here, and is much greater than any teachings and few gifts we can bring them.
Austin interviewed Rachel about the trip so far and tried to get her to commit on camera do doing the bungee jump later this week.
Here, Rob is praying with a woman as she gives her life to Christ and surrenders everything to him.
Luara hanging out the the locals while holding one lady's newborn baby.
Blair shared the gospel with a small group of people and many of them gave their lives to Christ.
My dear friend and Director of Arise Africa, Godfrey Wanamitsa and his family need your prayer. They have been through many trials this past year and it just seems that it won't let up. When we first arrived here, most of his family was healthy except that his youngest boy Joseph was struggling with malaria to the point of causing fever seizures. This was also happening when we were here in March. But now, as I write this update, ALL of his family except for him and his daughter Grace (he and his wife Joy have 8 kids) are sick with a serious and new strain of malaria that has proved very difficult to combat. Please view the video below and then take a few minutes as soon as it is done and lift up his family to the Lord. We need our director and his family to be healthy.
Please excuse the poor audio. There was much activity going on around us.
Helen, Rachel, and Laura lead music with motions during one session of our children’s program.
Mary, Meagan, and Ashely do crafts during one session with our Children’s program
Everyday we send three people from our team to some local schools to minister to the kids at the school and share the Gospel with them. Here Blair is leading them in music.
Okay, here is a ton of videos all at once. This will act as a sort of overview of our first day of ministry out in the villages. Day 1 and 2 we were in Namayingo Zone. Here is Day one.
This was our veiw as we pulled into the first village on our first full day of ministry. You try to prepare your team for this, but there really is just no way to describe it until you can experience it for yourself. It can be very overwhelming but also very humbling and very fun!
Rob Wetzel teaching in one of our seminars for both church leaders and new believers.
Short clip of Stan Cherry sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with a group of children.
Laura Freeman teaching about the persistence of Christ during one of our seminars.
Mark teaching during one of our seminars. The Holy Spirit seemed to move in a powerful as a result of Mark's talk.
It was humbling to see these dear people openly confess their sin and repent as a result of Mark Harvey's talk.
It has taken me three full days to get this video online, but it's finally up! Back on our first day here in Uganda, after Godfrey showed us around the Secondary School out at Bukaleba, he then toured us around the main area of the orphanage, which is nearly completed. They are behind schedule (they originally expected to be moved in by now) but they expect to have it completed and the orphans moved in by late December 2009. Here is a look around orphanage.
Please excuse the rough video and audio. The area is still under construction and can be difficult for your camera man to maneuver when trying to film and walk backwards at the same time!)