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KARAMOJA! THE KARIMOJONG!

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MY ENCOUNTER WITH THE REALITY AND IMPACT OF SIN ON A CULTURE! Impressions from my Mission placement! – ESTHER WANJOHI MISSIONARY KARAMOJA, MOROTO DISTRICT LOTIRIR PARISH 2018-2019

Let me start by saying that I look forward to serving for a long time as pioneer missionary; it is something I have felt called to do for some time! It is thus with this commitment clear in my mind that I accepted this call to serve for one year at this place that the Lord through GLA posted me for a year. I’ve been here for three months now. The greatest achievement I can count so far is what I think I have seen and possibly learnt about the Karimojong through observation, from one-to-one conversations and through questionnaires.  I am posted to operate as a laboratory assistant in Lotirir Health Centre II and thus I’ve had opportunity to interact with the locals.

Karimojong are a beautiful community with a very colorful culture, yet it also a community in need of liberation from deep spiritual darkness! In some ways it seems that many in the community are totally lost and in deep spiritual darkness, strongly bonded and embedded in their good and evil cultural practices and traditions. They worship their gods in shrines. They do sacrifices to appease the spirits and as a means to get forgiveness from the elders when one has done something termed as sin. The girls get married without their consent as long as a man is available ready to pay enough cows worth her price. Very few are learned and generally no big difference between the learned and the non-educated. Mainly because their problem is not education as per say but like all men everywhere the problem is sin and the need for savior!

This community has only one farming season where they plant maize, sorghum and sunflower. This happens between March and September. After harvesting, they feed on this harvest until the next harvesting season. During the harvest period the major business that happens is preparation of the local brew (Ngaguwe), selling and drinking. This means that the whole community (breastfeeding to the elderly) feed on this local brew. It is as if no other food is existed apart from Ngaguwe. This drink happens to be very strong and thus everyone who takes it is always drunk (young or old). Am convinced that this is not actually their major problem but sin and they need a savior.

By mere observation, the Karimajong community in Lotirir do not smoke. But what is hidden from outward capture is the small containers where they carry tobacco. This is taken through nasal inhalation mainly by men and women. Many in the community are truly addicted to tobacco but that’s not their major problem but its sin and they are in need of a savior.

As a normal human being, walking through the villages (Manyatta’s of a whole clan enclosed by a single fence and each households Manyatta separated from the other by an interior fence) would expect to find the usual components of a complete homestead. One of these is latrine. This community does not have latrines. Even when taught how to construct one, they don’t know how to use them. They direct the human waste anywhere on the open ground. The air in this place is always odoured. One might wonder “how then can they be helped?” If the gospel was there and in effect in their lives they would have understood SHALOM (WHOLESOMENESS) and thus I insist their problem is not latrine or inability to utilize them but sin and are in need of a savior.

Hospital records and the results of the questionnaire survey indicated a very high prevalence of malaria, (8 out of 10 treated people are diagnosed with malaria). Watching keenly at their Manyatta’s are mosquito nets made into strings for fastening the sticks of the houses and fence together. It’s a huge challenge that as the facility we intend to focus on education and treatment outreaches. Many organizations have come and dealt with this and many other diseases but the solution is not yet found. I would imagine such a community enlightened with the gospel like most of us and realizing the beauty of prevention is better than cure and so their problem remains sin and they are in need of a savior.

Hygiene is very poor. In fact they rarely bathe. Neither do they wear shoes. Actually men (older ones and young boys) just apply lesu on their body. Women try their best to make skirts out of the same lesu’s. The tragedy is these lesu’s for men and skirts for women are worn without being washed until they are rendered non-usable. I’ve not witnessed utensils used in Ngaguwe preparation being washed. Neither the containers used for storing and drinking. Thus the cases of diarrhea are very prevalent. And so I ask “how can they learn how to prioritize, appreciate and practice personal hygiene, isn’t the solution found in the light of the gospel?” and so I re-echo that their problem is sin and are in need of a savior.

Any one of us who proclaim Christ as the Lord and Savior would agree with me in the fact that “the gospel has power to save individuals and to bring wholesome transformation to individuals and communities.” Am not trying to be ignorant of these very immediate needs of this community but am just pointing out the real urgent (emergency case) problem. And as believers we have the solution right in our hearts, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

If you are there enjoying the comfort of worshiping the one true God, strongly believing that the greatest problem of humankind is sin, acknowledging Jesus Christ as the final sacrifice for the atonement of sin, offering your body as a living sacrifice holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship (Romans 12: 1b), enjoying the comfort of basic requirements of a complete homestead (latrine), enjoying the knowledge and wisdom from God on how to take care of your body and to stay clean, healthy and well dressed, if you really bless God that He saved you from any forms of addiction and the world, I have a charge for you. Christ Jesus left His glories above to come and experience our life so that He may save us. He showed and modeled an unconditional love for the lost and frequently affirmed “the son of man came to seek and to save what was lost (Luke 19:10).” The Karamajong need to hear this truth. We thus need to arise brethren from our comfort zone and join other men and women who are reaching these people and other tribes with the gospel, if you can’t Go, get on your knees and intercede for these communities asking the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers to the harvest filed that is very plentiful (Matthew 9: 37-38) and as you pray channel your resources for the support of this great and noble task (financial support) for the work of the kingdom is funded by gospel minded people.

ROMANS 5:16-18 “again the gift of God is not like the result of the man’s sin: the judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses brought justification. For, if by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men.”

Jesus Christ is the only way to the father. The only solution to sin and all human problems that springs as the consequence of sin. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them I the name of the father and the son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you to the end of the age (Matthew 28:18-20).”

MISSIONS EXIST BECAUSE WORSHIP DOESN’T (JOHN PIPER). SHALOM!

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ITS GOOD NEWS.. ITS URGENT.. WE WILL GO TELL IT OUT.

 

ITS GOOD NEWS.. ITS URGENT.. WE WILL GO TELL IT OUT.

GLOBAL LINK AFRIKA – GLA·THURSDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2018

Its “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations” yes that’s the mandate. We are followers of Jesus and just like we follow him we help others follow him.. Are you part of this as a believer? Are you making disciples of all nations?

  1. a) Go therefore … does anybody stay nooo we all go . ITS THE WHOLE CHURCH TAKING THE WHOLE GOSPEL TO THE WHOLE WORLD. You might be asking how do i go?
  2. The practice of literally going across cultures as a missionary ,God is still calling people with great or small professions, old and young, married couples or single people to cross cultures and make disciples.
  3. The practice of welcoming : The nations we are talking about are living next door. They are here. How intentional are you to get to them in their houses next door .. in our nation right here in Uganda we have millions of refugees that have been brought to us through war. How can you be part of this?

its welcoming the missionaries in your home listening to their stories and refreshing them, its providing member care to them as they stay front line ,its visiting the field and praying with them.

  1. The practice of sending; Giving financially to those who go. writing cheques and doing standing orders , its sending food and other resources that are needed. I write in Bold Money doesn’t save souls its more than throwing cash ,its creating a rich relationship with the missionary and the mission field.
  2. The practice of Praying : We advance the gospel amidst opposing powers and their is need for people that intercede for the efforts that are put in mobilization and even implementing the strategies. Our strategies can only be only effective if birthed in prayer.
  3. The practice of mobilization: working to cast vision for the whole world in such a way that other believers can see Gods story and find ways to be part of. its networking and rallying people to take their positions . creatively finding ways of reaching all Gods people to tag in as we face the task remaining.
  4. b) Make disciples – any follower of Jesus should be making disciples, its people in need of change helping people in need of change. Its the ability to draw attention of people to Jesus who transforms them.
  5. c) Of all nations- this are not political entities or countries but “a people” There are many nations which are not reached even within politically divided nations like Uganda.

We still have many Un reached people groups, and so we must GO .

For many Christians the apostolic passion has died in our hearts , Instead of dreaming of the whole world covered with the glory of God, We have other dreams.

TEST YOUR PASSION TODAY

  1. The passion has died when we rarely spend time with the Lord of the harvest . If you hang around Him , He will give you a new assignment.
  2. The passion has died when we keep going to church and sing about heaven but live as if earth is our home and get attached to the things around here.
  3. The passion dies when we dream more about visas,plots,cars.etc instead of dreaming of nations worshiping God.
  4. The passion dies when we keep planning to go and be involved but our hearts are willing to stay and do nothing.

 

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A REFLECTION ABOUT MISSIONS.

Is there still a place for the Traditional Missionary?  By Samuel Opolot

In February last year (2017) we were invited to one of the Universities in Uganda to join in the “Ministry and Missions Week” organised by the chapel of that Campus. The “Ministry and Missions Week” is an opportunity not only to reach out to the Campus and surrounding community  with the gospel of our Lord Jesus but also a time reflect on the command of our Lord Jesus to be “…Witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea, in Samaria indeed to the ends of the earth…” Acts 1:8. It is a time to wrestle with the implications of that command to the Church of contemporary Uganda. And so there were number of talks in the evenings and some days during the lunch break. My most favorite time that week was the face to face interactions with some of the students who visited our desk to inquire about our work. It was so refreshing to share with students about our ministry and the great need for some of them to sign up to serve as missionaries in some of the more needy places. Of course the responses varied from great enthusiasm to the passing “yah, ok good work you guys are doing.” I will not however forget this one conversation I had with this one final year female student, very active and very helpful to us as we settled and set up for the exhibitions. She was one of those you sure wanted to consider talking to about serving in missions. However on hearing that Global Link Afrika was involved in mobilising and sending missionaries, and on being challenged to consider going to some rural place to serve through the GLA Mission Internship Program, her response was clear and unequivocal, “Can’t I be Missionary as I serve though my profession where I am working?”  Indeed she went on to ask, “…aren’t we really missionaries wherever we are? Must I really leave my home, my people and to go to another place somewhere to be a missionary, really? ” and you needed to see the seriousness with which she asked these questions to appreciate the full gravity of her convictions! I must admit her challenge took me a little by surprise, for I never really saw it coming.

Yet I completely understood and even actually appreciated where she was coming from. Because I believe that that line of thought is absolutely noble and truly central to Christian witness in the market place. We ought to be ambassadors of the gospel everywhere and every time. Clearly the cooperate executive, the teacher, the nurse, the doctor name it, who sings and worships passionately in Church on Sunday, should indeed carry along with him/her his values and convictions to his/her office on Monday and bear witness to the transforming Gospel of Jesus in that way. And so yes I agree in that sense we are all “missionaries” wherever we are!

 

Yet that understanding of missionary raises some very fundamental questions. Of course the obvious one is who then indeed is a missionary? The response to that question is dependent on your view and convictions on what Mission really is. I have no intention at all to deal exhaustively with these questions here – I am more interested in the question raised by the implications of this “rather new” understanding of missionary. This understanding of missionary forces us to ask the question, is there still a place for the traditional missionary? The one who leaves his home, his people and moves to live and serve among a different people – is there still room for that kind of understanding of this term missionary?

 

For us to fully appreciate these questions, we must wrestle with the implications of Jesus words and commands. Let consider what he says in  Acts 1:8 “… you shall be my witness …to the ends of the earth…” His witnesses must consider being so to the ends of the earth. That is not far from saying “…make disciples of all nations…” Mathew 28:19 or even saying “… And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations.” Mark 13:10 These statements of Jesus have serious implications to our understanding of mission work and therefore on our convictions on the missionary in our contemporary Church. It is clear that the Lord’s intention and desire is for the message of the gospel to go to every nation, for clarity purposes here I will add that the real meaning of the term nation here is not the geographical political nation or country as we know the term today but rather it is a reference to a tribal or ethnic group. In other words what this means is that the message of the gospel should be preached to every tribe on the face of the earth! In light of this the big question before us therefore is, can we say that every tribe on earth has heard the gospel? Can we say that there is a vibrant church in every tribe and ethnic group and that therefore in every tribe there are enough Christians who can be “missionaries wherever they are in that tribe”? I wish the answer to this question was yes, we could very easily discard the “old fashioned” understanding of the term missionary! The reality unfortunately is that there are still tribes without witness – who need someone to go and serve among those people. Some people who need to leave their home, their people and go live among another people so as to bring the message of the gospel among those tribes. Recent statistics suggest that we have nearly 650 people groups that are completely un-evangelised and unengaged by a missionary. As of 2015 the estimated number of people that are considered un-evangelised and indeed living among unreached unengaged people groups was 2.1 billion. If we are to take Jesus words seriously, we sure cannot run away from the old fashioned understanding of missionary. The “new understanding” of missionary – even though it challenges us to responsible Christian witness at all times – a good thing in itself,  could very easily become a nice and convenient excuse that will deter us from committing to respond to the need for gospel workers in those places that in dire need for the gospel workers. We can settle to be missionary where we are really comfortable in thus not challenged and not feel any sense of responsibility towards those tribes and people groups where there is hardly any witness.

 

With all this in mind, when any one rightly asks me the question, “is there a place for the traditional missionary?” My un-equivocal response is a resounding yes! Is there a need for the traditional missionary – yes unequivocally I say a resounding yes! There is a need for missionaries that will intentionally and deliberately go across ethnic, linguistic and geographical boundaries to evangelise and gather communities of disciples among the nations and the tribes. There is need for this message to resound again and again on our pulpits, there is need for our churches and Christians to support these missionaries! For this gospel must be preached to every tongue and tribe!

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

Presents

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

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Word of Truth

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth” 1 Tim 4:15

At the heart of Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in this verse are two critical issues that the Church in Uganda and probably the world over needs to grapple with. These two issues are Personal Integrity In The Sight Of God, and Integrity In Handling Of The Word Of Truth.

It is God’s desire that His children who represent Him in the world ought to live in such a manner as to bring Him honour and glory. This we do by demonstrating God’s attributes to the world, in other words our lives should match up to our beliefs and teachings.

This means that our moral standing must be of the highest standard because we know that the one we represent is one who is pure as pure light. The Scripture declares that “…in Him there is no darkness…” This means that in our choices daily we ought to choose to honour Him in our use of time, in our relationships, in the use of our money, in our money making adventures, in our ministry and service to Him! It is also our mandate to work hard not only to understand God’s Word but also to teach it and apply it correctly and faithfully.

Paul charges Timothy to correctly handle the word of truth. Today we see God’s word twisted and used to justify abuse, greed and deception. It is important that God’s people seek to study and understand God’s word. That we seek to apply it faithfully to our life situations if indeed we recognise God’s word as the ultimate authority for our beliefs and practice.

This however requires that we have the necessary knowledge and skill to fully appropriate the treasure that is God’s Word! We ought to invest in learning how to learn from God’s word.

I am convinced living as one approved, not needing to be ashamed is highly dependent upon how deeply we are immersed in God’s truth. It should be the goal of every believer to be deeply rooted in the truth of God! It is with this recognition that our efforts to teach people God’s word, how to study it and how to teach it should never be diminished.

Samuel Opolot