Gail and I were commenting this morning, as we finally are enjoying a day of rest after a hard week of teaching and some sickness, that this land of Uganda, and perhaps even most of Africa, is spiritually very different from the U.S. The people here live much closer to the spiritual realm with more constant awareness of it. Of course, this does not make them particularly spiritual because they are still steeped in their flesh and in the desires of the world just as westerners are, and much of their experience is with the “dark” side of spirituality, but certain experiences with God are common here that seem uncommon in the West.

A Fruitful Week in Soroti – Instense Teaching with serious questions from the students. Will preach in a village church-plant under a mango tree tomorrow, then back to Mbale on Monday.

Many times we are told testimonies about dreams that people have received which either came true or demonstrated such clear spirituality that it could only to be from God. One lady spoke of a dream about a terrible car accident where people were killed so that when she woke up in the night, she prayed against these things for a long time. Within several days the dream proved itself to be true. When she reported it to Gail, she was walking under the deep burden of guilt that she had failed to pray strongly enough and thereby had caused the deaths. Hopefully, she received Gail’s counsel that this was not the case, that she did what she could, but that one cannot make the strength of their prayers into the cause of another’s death.

Alfred often has this kind of prescient dream, but also has deeply symbolic dreams where God shows him spiritual truths which can’t be discerned with the human eye. For instance, he once dreamed of one of the many places we minister. He saw our vehicle traveling down a  road with pastors from that place clinging to the outside of the vehicle trying to get in. As we prayed about his dream, it seemed evident that God might be showing us the spiritual stronghold of this region. The people are very isolated and there seems to be a general sense among them that they have been forgotten and abandoned by everyone – their overseers, outside visitors, etc, and that they can’t “get in” to receive the benefits that others in Uganda receive. We often hear many more complaints of such neglect in this region than in the others we visit. We have observed that even when we come to teach there, they have difficulty receiving, but it is not an educational difficulty; it is more like they can’t believe that these teachings can apply to them in their sorry condition, that no one could care for them, so they are wary and only cautiously eager in receiving and applying the teachings. The insight from this dream has given us a spiritual handle on how to pray for this group of believers as we continue to minister there and bind this particular stonghold.

Another instance is a young pastor from the Bible Institute in Soroti this last week. He approached me on Thursday to thank me for the teaching and to say that these biblical principles were changing his life, which, of course, I was grateful to hear. He then went on to tell me that several weeks ago he had not heard that our conference was coming to Soroti, but one night he dreamed that two musungus would be teaching there in the town. The Lord made it clear to him in the dream that he should go and sit under the discipleship of the musungus. Then, the next week, he heard the news that there would be a Bible Institute for a week in Soroti. He knew for sure that he should attend that teaching, but he was still amazed on the first day to see two musungus.

These few instances are not isolated but are just samplings among many such reports. So why, we ask, does God deal with the people this way in Uganda? Perhaps it is the simpler lifestyle which demands from them a higher drive toward daily survival – I mean to say, these people live closer to death that we do in the West. Perhaps it is the much lower level of distraction from television, movies and sensory stimulation than we have in the West. These things are arriving in Uganda, for sure, but most villagers only have cell phones, many at the level of a flip phone, and rarely have access to the kind of “white noise” that dominates the West and distracts from the spiritual. Or perhaps it is the lack of Bibles – God speaks to them more in the old ways because they do not have access to reading His words in the scripture, so He speaks to them according to Numbers 12:6-8 (NKJV):

6 Then He said, “Hear now My words: “If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
7 Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house.
8 I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; And he sees the form of the LORD….”

We musungus are the beneficiaries of enormous access to scripture. But even acknowledging that, isn’t it cool when we get to experience a bit of Numbers 12 in our relationship with Him also?