Sunday April 29th
Church in Jinga with Pastor Isaac with a guest pastor from Mombassa, Kenya. The team split into groups to teach each of the Sunday school classes. I shared my testimony with the adult class.
We followed with the service that was in lugandan, Swahili and English. It was insanely linguistically challenging to listen to. But, I was sitting between Pastor Isaac and his translator, which served as a wonderful place to gain greater understanding for the service. Most of the team was seated so far back that the reverb of the speakers made the audio intelligible. (There is always a benefit to sitting up front!)
The afternoon was spent at Cannans. The children preformed for us and were preciously welcoming. The team then split into out groups and did arts and crafts, music and sports with each age range. With the older boys, we played kickball- which was hilarious. Soccer players can kick! We jumped rope, played frisbee and ultimately kicked the soccer balls around. Some balls were unintentionally donated to the surrounding village children. They were not as gracious to return them. Finally, we ended the day with the old favorite - Goose, goose, cow! The babies were adorable. It was a great day of fellowship.
After dinner, the team spent some time in prayer as a group and had a short worship session. Outside, we were able to hang out with the older boys some more and talk about their pasts, their cultures and their dreams. I could take all of them home. We also shared about the stars and the constellations on this side of the world.
Official Missions update:
Total for all 3 trips : $10,890
Left to raise $395
Thank you, Lord!
thank you, all
How AMAZING is that? I'll tell you- It is spenderifically wonderful!
Like bring me to my knees in humble praise and eucharisteo.
We are a little excited over here. 12 days and counting but we are not there, yet. If you were waiting for very last minute to support the mission trip, NOW IS THAT TIME =)
Don't worry about over reaching the cost of the trip by a plethora of donations. Any extra will go for ministry while in country, like buying goats for food, diapers for babies and medications that the orphanages need. Some things are safer and more inexpensively purchased once we get there. All of your sacrificial gifts will be used to bless those who desperately need it.
Thank you all again.
I was sitting in service and watching the words for a praise and worship songs roll across the screen. The word “ Hallelujah” flashed on the screen. We all remained sitting..... My mind wondered and I instantly felt ashamed. Like I was sinful, wrong. A song with what I will call the third most powerful word in the God’s kingdom was just sung, spoken, read, heard and written and we all just sat.
Hallelujah- meaning praise the Lord
I sat... ashamed. After all it is Praise AND WORSHIP!!!! WE ARE PRAISING AND WORSHIPING. I just said, “Praise God”. And I sat there. Stoic. We all just sat there, blasé to the words being spoken. If someone that does not know God was sitting next to me, I wonder what they would have thought about how sincere my praising was?
Then I thought.....I wonder how God thought how sincere my praising was?
In a world were graciousness is expected and at points demanded, to the point that we get our feelings hurt if we feel that the gratitude was not enough or sincere, I wonder how God feels? If we are to praise God in all we do and say and act and feel, I wonder how he feels about the lack of veracity shown in our body and tonality when we sit in His house “praising” and “worshiping”?
I sat there in worship. I could feel the presence of God. I felt like standing and singing arms held high and dancing around, giving thanks to Him for just merely being allowed to be in His presence. I sat there. I thought...
Why is no one else standing?
Why is no one else singing at the top of their lungs?
Why is no one dancing?
Why is no one throwing themselves on the ground in complete submission?
Do we not do so because we are self conscious of what others would think about the how’s and why’s of the demonstration of the expression of our love for God?
And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.. ( 2 Samuel 6:14-16)
Is this one of the reasons why God loved David so much? David simply did not care about what anyone thought about his expression of gratitude, love and excitement for what God was doing in his life. I wonder if David was purposeful in his praise and worship so that he was conscious of the example he was setting? I wonder if it was even a thought that occurred in David’s thought's?
My lack of sincerity in my giving thanks weigh’s heavily. I run a conversation with Jesus in my head. A conversation where He reviews the fact that He died for me, that God allowed His only Son to be killed for me. And seriously all I did in His house was to sit idle and sing “ Praise ye God” as if I was telling my wife thanks for bringing me coffee.
Is this a means of rejecting God?
Is this a means of rejecting Jesus?
Did I really just choose the judgment of people over that of God?
Did I just despise God?
I want to pray like David prayed.
I want my soul to burn when I hear His name....
God, I am sorry that I take your blessings for granted.
I am sorry that I do not burn a fire in gratitude.
You have given so much.
It is time that I give back the full respect of adoration that you deserve.
For You are King!