We have had a strange and wonderful training week at Tororo in Uganda this last few days, Monday to Friday, which we are now in the middle of. Tororo is our second Bible Institute similar to what God has developed on Buvuma Island each time we come to Uganda. This five day Bible training ministry is powerful in equipping the growing Ugandan church and preparing it for the near future when Ugandan churches will learn to steward their finances successfully and, shortly after, begin sending out missionaries of their own.

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The very fine church building at Asignet near Tororo. This building was built by South Korean Christians doing missionary work in Uganda. It is one of the finest buildings we have been able to use for a training.

Last week was topped off after two church-planting meetings, one on the island of Bugala in Western Uganda, and one in Masaka, a nearby city, by requests from both locations for the Bible Institute ministry. The second request was punctuated by a meeting with a number of area bishops formally making the request to bring this ministry to their area churches. That would mean that I would continue to do church-planting trainings, but that I would also teach multiple five day Bible Institutes. My head is spinning. This doesn’t even include the request from Bugembe for the same thing.

The Institute this week in Tororo became more exciting than usual when we realized that we had three distinct language groups in the room, rather than the normal English plus local dialect. We discovered that we had those who could follow the English, those who spoke only Japadola, the language from this district, and another group that struggled in each of those so needed a translation into Luganda, the language we are used to in Jinja and which is regarded as the national language.

The Tororo Bible Institute on the second day.

The Tororo Bible Institute on the second day. It’s a bit hard to see, but there are two translators assisting me.

In trying to resolve this, we had Alfred translating in Luganda on one side, a large middle group listening to my English, and a group on the other side receiving simultaneous translation in Japadola. All through this process, I was thinking that finally I understood what the story of the Tower of Babel is about when the languages were suddenly confused, and everyone found themselves speaking a different language. I got a tiny little taste of the confusion spoken about in that story.

This is actually not that unusual – I’ve heard before of missionaries working with multiple translators simultaneously. However, this is the first time I’ve experienced it.

Meanwhile, the attendance has climbed to a high today of 105 church members and leaders at the Institute. The translators and I are all a little hoarse from talking above the babble. I hope to have the rhythm of it by the end of the week.

We are teaching on marriage this week, and I am told to expect more and more couples to show up as the week goes on because the word is spreading by word of mouth about the principles Gail and I are giving them. Marriage is under attack in Uganda just like in the US, so these principles of strengthening their marriages are extremely timely and valuable to them:

  1. Christians Have Christian Marriages.
  2. Marriage is A Covenant.
  3. Marriage Has A Spiritual Purpose.
  4. Marriage Practices The Blessing.
  5. Marriage is based on God’s Love.
  6. Sexuality Has A Spiritual Purpose.
  7. Family Has A Spiritual Purpose.
  8. Marriage Requires A Spiritual Relationship with Each Other.
  9. A Husband is A Spiritual Man.
  10.  A Wife is A Spiritual Woman.

We’re covering Sexuality tomorrow. Pray for us. PLEASE!!

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