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Professionals in Mission Seminars (PIM)

PIM GLA

We praise God for the successful Professionals in missions seminar that took place in Arua district in West Nile  and Gulu districts in Northern Uganda  where young professionals were equipped  and mobilized on how to be part and partial of  missions through using their profession. At the end of the training, 153 students  of them committed them selves to do missions through going, giving and praying for missions.

PIM Kampala is scheduled on 24th of march, where students will be mobilized to get out of their comfort Zones through the topic: Out of the salt shaker.  kindly pray that God brings more people to attend and that he will convict young professionals to take their place in Global mission.

 

IGNITE Vision Casting Evening

Global Link Afrika Cordially invites you for a Ignite Vision Casting Evening.

Date: 16th March 2018.
Venue: Namirembe Guest House.
Time: 5:30pm to 9:00pm.
Topic.The unique place of Christian professionals in global missions. Cost: 50,000 per individual, 80,000 per couple, 150,000 per group of 4.
Your coming will enable us to facilitate a delegate to attend Ignite.
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IGNITE 2018 MISSIONS CONVENTION

 

 

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A YES TO THE LORD OF HARVEST

The message of hearing and obeying God’s voice runs through the bible, it did not come only to Abraham, Moses and the prophets but it continues right through into New Testament and right to this day.

Jesus appears to his disciples and gives them a command  Mathew 28: 19-20  “ Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always to the very end of age”.

All of us have a responsibility towards fulfilling the Great commission; If he is our Lord then we need to accept his authority and Lordship over our lives. We must recognize our one commander in chief and his objectives; we must coordinate our efforts across national, denominational and organizational boundaries and respond to his call. Reaching nations will require a level of interaction which has been uncommon in missions.

There are still thousands people who are not reached and unless the church is willing to extend her witness beyond her own culture they will not be reached. In the large Muslim Hindu and Buddhist blocs especially there are hundreds of people groups with very few believers. Statistics show that there is still an imbalance in the sending of workers to these needy groups.

His command remains Go!  Go! Make disciples of all nations.

This command is for all Christians not some, the question is not whether missions is for me or whether missions have a part in my ministry but rather what is my part in missions because I am a believer?  It’s a matter of asking God for his directions in his missions now.

Ignite 2018 missions convention is a place where we will seek to understand the call for missions, and be helped to respond to the Lord of harvest invitation to go to the harvest field. We will have consultations on how then should we go, who should go and where is the harvest field .

The call is with urgency and at this convention we will have a privilege to respond.

At Ignite we will find different people from the globe that are involved in missions in various ways and thus giving us an opportunity to network for missions.

Ignite will be a forum to equip and create networks for effective disciples involvement in global missions.

 

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CELEBRATE PARTNERSHIP INTHE GOSPEL

By Sam Opolot.

I love Paul’s letter to the Philippians, because even though it is written from behind prison walls it has a very joyful tone. The word ‘rejoice’ appears eight times in the four chapters of this book (NIV).

Ordinarily, a time in prison like all other times of difficulty is not a time to write a joyful and celebratory letter. It would be a time to mourn, a time to grumble, a time to complain, a time to be bitter, a time of sadness! It is not the case for Paul, at least not in this letter to the Philippians.

The question to ask is, what is it that makes Paul pen such a joyful and encouraging note instead of a sad, bitter and angry one? The Answer seems to lie in what is the most important thing for Paul. The most important thing and the reason for his celebration seems to be in what he says in this sets of verses:

I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,… And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear…..” and after noting that indeed some people preached Christ for all kinds of motives he adds “….in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice. Yes, and I will rejoice…”  Philippian 1:12 – 18

 Paul certainly relishes and rejoices in the fact the Christ is proclaimed, his circumstances not withstanding, the most important thing is that the good news is being spread! I wonder if we too have a great urge to see the gospel proclaimed, to see the truth about Christ shared! I wonder if that is what brings us the greatest joy? Or are we locked up in the craze to “make ends meet”, have our struggles and pains overshadowed this great urge! Or could it also be that our success and indeed the craze for success has blinded us from seeking to engage in that which should be the source of the greatest joy! We have a challenge to give priority and due importance to the proclamation of the gospel no matter our circumstances.

I would like to note also that Paul is fully aware that he is not in this gospel business alone. He notes and celebrates the part played by the Philippian Church, (and I guess others too) in the ministry, for he says “…I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, … because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now…It is right for me to feel this way about you all, …for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:3 – 7)

 We can see that Paul recognises that his ministry is a shared ministry! We know that his ministry partners from Philippi have demonstrated in a real and tangible way their involvement with the ministry. For Paul had just received a gift of support from the Church in Philippi! It is therefore not surprising that Paul rejoices…first that the gospel is being proclaimed; secondly he is being supported in this work by those with whom he shares the same grace in Christ!

In January 2015, I was involved in coordinating a Bible Training Conference, which brought together 200 College and University students from across Uganda for five days of training! It was such a joy working with a team of teachers, trainers and volunteers in leading this conference. The beautiful thing was to see the variety of gifts and abilities that came into play to make the conference happen. It was a joy to see the diversity in the body of Christ – various ministries, various denominations, a variety of countries all working together to make the Conference happen! This leads to me ask these questions:

What skills do you have? What endowments can you bring? What resources can you bring? What training do you bring? We all must draw together bringing our various gifts and endowments for that which brings the greatest sense of joy- The proclamation of the gospel!

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We give God the glory for the successful conclusion of the Medical Missions Seminar 2015 this Saturday 18 April 2015 at Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery.  We had a great attendance of 120 students doubling the previous year. Facilitators from within Uganda and other East African Countries facilitated the successful seminar. Several students committed themselves to support, pray and get involved in both short term and long term missions.

Samuel Baker Okullo, GLA Administration and Finance Officer talked about the various activities on missions and how the students could get involved. He called on some of the alumni interns to speak to the students about their experiences at the placements. “It is a call you will not regret,” says Komakech Simon, a Clinical Officer, who served in Yivu Abea in Maracha, West Nile. Meanwhile Robinah Nansilombi, a Public Health Officer, who spend 12 months at Kuluva School of Nursing also in West Nile encouraged the students to listen to what their hearts tell them about missions. She mentioned that it is a challenge to decide to go to a remote area where you have never been. “You will be going to a place you have never been to, listen to a language you have never heard or known and eating food you have never tasted and many others, but the reward will be so great,” Nansikombi concluded.  Solomon Nyakuni, himself an alumni and an organizer of the seminar talked about the experiences and challenges he had before and after the placements. “It took me time to decide and act on the calling to missions. At the time I thought whether this was the best decision to take. I could not forget my ambition to work at least in a clinic and in my case I was privileged to have an uncle who owns a clinic and so a job was guaranteed. But my heart told me something different, the call for mission was singing in my head every day and my heart followed that song,” he concluded saying that he had never regretted the one year he spend as an intern at Shalom Medical Centre. It is worth saying that Solomon transformed this centre as well as the community.

Most of the students were anxious to learn more about how they could get involved as missionaries after hearing testimonies from those who had spend 12 months as GLA missionaries in various health facilities, church and communities that they served.

Attending to the tractMiss Connie Jarlsberg of WorldVenture led on ‘Serving as a Professional Missionary’, students asked several life experience questions which she answered encouraging them to look at missions as a calling from God. She testified her own life from childhood to the call to mission work as a health scientist elaborating that it had not been easy but the grace of God has pulled her along to this date with absolutely no regrets. The medical students were so encouraged that their decisions have been influenced and that they would make decisions more easily now that they have heard those testimonies. It was an inspiring discussion on a topic many medical professionals overlook.

We are forever grateful to Doctors Jeff, Godwin and Richard who deliberated on the various topics at the seminar and also lead discussions on some of the tracts for their involvements with us in responding to God’s mission for all nations. The seminar, which covered topics like Understanding Missions, My Career-God’s way, Serving as a Tent Maker, My Profession as a Mission and Serving as a Professional Missionary were so transforming for the medical students.

It is worth mentioning that we couldn’t have done all this without the various supports of the organizing committee comprising of the different Christian Union leaders across the Country and their different contributors to the program. In particular the spectacular involvement of Sylvia Namutebi whom GLA Executive Director Samuel Opolot duped the ‘Mother of Medical Missions Seminar’ could not go unnoticed. “She is such a vital person in organizing this seminar year in year out,” Opolot said applauding her for all that she has done since the inception of the seminar two years ago.

We concluded the day with the commissioning of the students, which carried such a mighty presence of God as all the participants were prayed for and sent out to impact their various communities. Jeff and Godwin the two doctors who both spoke at the conference encouraged the students to get involved in missions through their various professions. “Your professions deal with lives and getting involved not just as a doctor, nurse or midwife, butas a missionary in your professions complete your calls for holistic transformations of your patients and the community at large,” Dr Jeff told the students amidst his teaching calling on them to seriously consider GLA mission placement projects.The day was a blessing to the students as well as the facilitators. It was clear that the seminar has found its roots and bearing and the anticipation is even greater come next.

 

 

 

 

 

 

IGNITE 2015 Missions Convention

ATTENTION !!!!

We invite all contributions and fundraising through our Website for the IGNITE 2015 Missions Convention.

Please be a blessing to this Cause. Thank you!

GLOBAL LINK AFRIKA

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IGNITE 2015 Missions Convention

As we live in a consistently liberalized and progressive society, we cannot evade questions about self sacrifice and life commitment towards Christian mission. There is pressure to mass conformity and worldly standards of doing things. With increased popularity of views, the interpretation of God’s Word has not been spared either.

Who among us will stand out as faithful missionaries of the Lord Jesus Christ both in terms of unwavering commitment to Him and in the way we handle His Word and apply it. We represent a different Kingdom, one that is constantly in conflict with the kingdom of the world.

Our mission is to pray, preach and witness in a holistic way so that the Kingdom of God can come and that His will be done here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

IGNITE 2015 Missions Convention is born out of a desire to see the indigenous church do more on the mission front. It is our goal to see the church realize its full missions potential. This Convention seeks to challenge all of us indigenous Christians to step out of our comfort zones and find our place in global missions.

God through Christ has reconciled all things to Himself(Colossians 1:20). This is the finished work of God! yet we are fully reminded “…He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We therefore are Christ ambassadors as though God were making an appeal through us.”2 Corinthians 5: 19 – 20.

What does it mean for us to respond to the words of God, ‘Whom shall I send’ (Isaiah 6:8).God is still in the business of sending.

IGNITE 2015 Missions Convention seeks in various folds to inform, expose and train on missions.

Are you a church, an organizational leader, a Christian who is keen on Missions? IGNITE is the perfect opportunity for you to build networks and synergize! It is a time to light new missions fires as well as rekindle old ones! Ultimately desiring to hear the voice of the Lord saying “… whom shall I send?” and like Isaiah would we say “…Here I am send me…”.

The Convention will cost us 400,000/= to host and feed a delegate but the delegate will leave with a package of missions and leadership books.

DATES: 16-22August  2015.

VENUE: Lweza Training and Conference Centre, Kampala, Uganda.

GETTING INVOLVED!

Register now and book your place.

Give a general donation to the Convention.

Sponsor a Pastor who you know will benefit.

Sponsor a Pastor who may not afford the fee.

Donate through this Website and categorically specify in which way you would like to give.

 

 

 

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Book Reading

Reading is one of the most fertile grounds for knowledge to sprout well. The kind of literature you read really matters and GLA has always advised and stressed the point of inspirational book reading to its interns; the move has worked for the interns as they come out with strong analytical skills and situational judgement.

Abiti Anyole Hosea, one of the mission interns in the field, has read many kinds of literature but he had to share a thing, so special that he finds in HUMILITAS by John Dickson. The impact that the book causes on Hosea’ life goes without say! He is truly inspired and the skill that he uses to analyse the book is indicative of the secret behind book reading.

He gives the general over view about the book before he is taken through an interview on specific areas to find out how he has understood the book. HUMILITAS is a book written on the human basis and this is how Hosea gives the synopsis of it…

The author of Humilatas John Dickson states that, ‘The most influential and inspiring people are often marked by humility.’ He defines humility as the noble choice to forego your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself.

According to the author, true humility assumes the dignity or strength of the one processing the virtue, thus humility presupposes your dignity. It is a choice that one makes and therefore willing, and no one has to impose it on the other. Humility is social and is about redirecting your powers whether physically, intellectually financially or structurally for the sake of others. And it is more about how to treat others and how I think about myself hence the ability of removing a selfish and self-centred attitude.

The author states that, it is plain that humility has been at the core of success for any people. For example Jim Collins admits that leaders who turn good companies into great ones are a paradoxical blend of personal humility and professional will.

John Dickson puts it plain that Jesus’ approach to preach to those in his time was humility with explicit statements that he made like, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am humble and gentle and you will find rest for your souls.”

The author connotes that Jesus in the scripture does not urge people to accept him because He is humble but rather He contrasts His own light approach to ethical life with the burdensome rules demanded by rival teachers of his period. Hence, the need to know that humility is worth.

Speaking of the Apostle Paul, Dickson says that Paul in his letters to the Romans and Philippians urges the readers to embrace humility. “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than you.”He farther explains that Paul also says that the attitude of the Christian should be as that of Christ Jesus, who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God to be grasped, and humbled himself to the point of death even death on the Cross.

From his book I can derive that Dickson’s perspective is that humility also means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship. True Humanity assumes the dignity or strength of the one possessing the virtue thus humility presupposing your dignity.

Concluding his Book, the author in a nutshell, considers humility core in human relationship both with man and with God and that humility can propel you to heights you cannot imagine and is worth of.

On a bit to capture further on what Hosea has understood, acquired, liked and disliked, encouraged or discouraged by, The Link interviewed him on his personal take from the Book:

What are some of the things that you have learnt from this book?

I have leant that humanity is a choice that brings about influence wherever you are. The humble will always prosper and move to higher heights because humility generates abilities and slows down pride. Humility also results into building self esteem and security. It makes you to become more persuasive in your endeavours and more inspirational than arrogant. It also lifts those around us in all aspects of life. To become humble we need to embrace humility and reflect on the lives of the humble. Above all I draw from the writer’s view that humanity is expressed through being humble by embracing humility drawn from those that are humble, the perfect example being that of Jesus Christ.

What are some of the issues you find unclear?

I find it quit hard to bridge the gap between conviction and humanity in the tenth chapter of the Book.

Is there anywhere you do not agree with the author about?

There is no point asking devout Muslims to accept as valid the Christian idea that Jesus is divine and that He died on the cross for the sins of the world because the Quran explicitly rejects that. I believe that even staunch Muslims can be reached when correct strategies are used because they need the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What practical choices, changes and commitments are you making as a result of reading this Book?

Avoiding pride, self-centeredness, and praying to God to make me humble to be able to recognise others and offer them service. Becoming a servant to others not as a sign of showing them that I can do it but that it is worth giving genuine service. Praying that God makes me humble because I cannot do it on my own

What practical steps are you taking to achieve the above?

Praying that God can help me to be humble. Taking other important and not looking down on any one. Choosing to be humble because it’s a choice. Reading the Bible to understand more about what it says about humility.

Any other comments and recommendations?

I would like to re-read the book so that I can get to understand some things that I have not understood. I would also recommend some people to read it because it is a very helpful Book in the areas of humility and self-discipline.

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The Instructions on Discipleship

‘’As the father has sent me even so I am sending you.” These are the words of Jesus to his disciples in John 20:21. It is a clear instruction to his disciples on that day of his resurrection. Indeed as we read the gospel narratives, the challenge to be witnesses to his resurrection and to the message of the gospel rings out clearly. As Jesus winds up his earthly ministry, the Mission’s mandate for the Church becomes a very strong emphasis in the gospels!

The Church in Africa needs to rise to the challenge of missions and be envisioning and mobilising its large membership for this cause. These missions’ efforts must however be founded in the teaching and practice of that which is truly biblical! And so the Church must embrace faithful, biblical discipleship and training. The need for training, the need for partnership, and the place of the local church in mission cannot be over emphasised.

Just over a year now, Global Link Afrika has sought the championship of cause missions, providing teaching and training, partnering with likeminded individuals and organisations, working with the local churches in expanding the Kingdom, and sharing the love of our Lord Jesus Christ at a very local level.

We are convinced that as a mission’s ministry we are called to serve and bridge the gap between gifts, passions, callings, training and opportunities. We continue to identify ministry and service opportunities and respectively link those that the Lord has called to serve!

BY: Samuel Opolot

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Students Trained in Inductive Bible Study

“thank you for opening our eyes,” “I must now take my Bible Study more seriously,” “Thank you for helping me to see how to make meaning out of what I read in the Bible”  These were some of the comments from the participants at a training on Inductive Bible Study which was conducted at the Mulago School of Nursing and Midwifery. The training in Inductive Bible Study was in response to a request by the leadership of the Christian Union of Mulago School of Nursing and midwifery. This training brought together 21 students, most of whom were first year students who are being groomed to become Bible Study leaders in the fellowship.

On the 18th /Jan /2013, I organized inductive bible study training for a group of youth at Victory Outreach Church in lira. After attending the conference, we decided that we needed more forums that would bring us together around the word of God and learning together from scriptures. This training brought together 17 participants. Our aim was to walk through basic principles in Bible studies. On that date we covered, why we study scripture, different methods of bible study, challenges in bible studies, inductive bible study (OIA Principles)

To many of them, it was surprising to note certain things which they had not known before notable; I have really not been interpreting scripture the way it should have been’. Another person said… “I am not going to rush myself to preach before I really understand what the text means and how it applies to the congregation…”

From the training, they committed themselves to having personal study time and exercising quiet time.

Some though noted challenges of not having a bible, lack of bible study guides.

It was then agreed that we will be having weekly bible studies with the group.

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Community Outreach

‘I wasn’t very sure if I would get anyone to come especially since a cup of tea was not guaranteed’

Usually, most house groups or home cells are made up of people from the same church and living along the same street etc. But in my house it’s a mix of 5 different churches. A few months after leaving FOCUS ministry, I was driven by a passion to do something for my community especially in the area of the study of scripture. I started randomly inviting people in the neighborhood to my house for bible study every Wednesday evening. I made it clear that it would be strictly bible study; tea will appear only when I can afford it. I wasn’t very sure if I would get anyone to come especially since a cup of tea was not guaranteed and yet its often a good motivator. All the same I talked to sellers at the supermarket, people I met on the road regularly, friends at the shops…and whoever God placed in my way regularly, I would invite. Today 7 of us have been meeting for 3 months now on a weekly basis for one and a half hours to study scripture. Every Wednesday 8pm-9.30pm after I put the kids to bed, we start off our study. The members have shared how these studies seem to always tie in to their current situations are helping them grow as Christians.

We completed a study on ‘Wisdom’ by Bill Hybels and are currently studying‘Walking in the will of God’.

It is a privilege to be able to share with these young people (most of them in their mid and late 20’s) from the experience I have had from discipling students, but also benefiting from my theological background.

Pray for the impact of these studies to spread in the community and for members to plant the

lessons deep in their hearts and not loose it to the worries and cares of this world.”

Dorcas Letasi