We are on our last day in Uganda which is a packing, catchup, debriefing day, so it has been laid back and no teaching. I missed going out to the village and meeting with the little congregation of several churches to lay out the principles of church planting. I finished up yesterday after a full day of interaction with a question time and a prayer time. They asked questions for 45 minutes and then I prayed for them and they prayed for me.

The questions were a mix of theological from a church member and practical church-manship from one pastor who has planted one church, then moved on to plant another. His question had to do with how to deal with problems that arose in his first church plant after he left. Should he go back and set things in order in the first church even though he was now at a second church? This is a very Paul-ian type situation and extremely New Testament.

We had discussed Paul’s advice to the Corinthian church several times through the two days as we talked about accountability. We talked about Paul’s strong counsel to cast a man out of the church due to sexual immorality, and how his second letter to Corinth was a follow-up to the same issue. So the discussion was made very live and current by this pastor’s actual situation. We talked about birthing and releasing churches to stand on their own feet, about self-governance as a sign of maturity, and about accountability, authority and autonomy. I guess the thing that strikes me here is that, in a practical sense, this is such strong meat and not just milk. It was extraordinarily edifying for me to stand at this convergence of the New Testament with the modern church and give biblical advice on practical matters right on the field in Uganda, knowing that it would be applied in some manner after the discussion. I felt the Holy Spirit’s presence in a whole new way working to guide my thoughts and words.

We will leave here around 9 am in the morning tomorrow for the airport in Entebbe. Our plane boards at around 4 pm and it is a couple of hours through Kampala daytime traffic to get to the airport. Then we have a very close connection in Dubai, which means that if we miss it we will be much later getting back home since they will have to put us up in a hotel, and we will leave Dubai the next morning. So we are praying that there are no delays and that we make our connection. Kenneth tells me that once he landed in Dubai, but because of multiple breakdowns of the ground equipment there, it took four hours to reach the terminal, so they missed this same connection. This is unusual for Dubai, and we are not expecting a repeat, but stuff happens, so we are praying.

There is one picture I hope I can capture before we leave that I have missed so far. Everywhere here there are huge storks flying about. We see them perched on the very tops of trees and on buildings or flying overhead. When I say huge, I’m talking about a 5 or 6 foot wingspan, so this is a large, long-legged gray bird. The picture I want is of one of them perched on the high buildings in the city, up there like some kind of old, wise, mountain-peak  guru, watching all the people down below. It is truly amazing to see these large, beautiful birds silhouetted against the sky on top of a twenty story building. So I hope to see one on the way to the airport tomorrow. All for now…

 

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