GLOBAL ISSUES PROGRAM (GIP) 2019
GIP IS a short term cross cultural mission outreach with diverse groups of participants which brings attention to Global Issues and enhances mission awareness and passion.
From 29th July to 9th of August this year, GLA, together with a group of 26 GIP Participants from USA, All Nations Worship Assembly headed to Karamoja for a 10 days Mission Trip.
During the ten days missions’ trip, these were some of the activities that took place.
The Team was able to fund and help construct the building of a Missionary Home in Lotrir Karamoja, Uganda. This project was especially special because it will literally bring continued care and support to the indigenous missionaries who will always be sent to Karamoja. The building project also afforded the opportunity to hire local construction workers who needed work to provide from themselves and their families; meaning that from conception, this project is a blessing
The Team designated two days of medical outreach. Tents were setup and turned into mini-clinics where missionaries along with medical personal were able to provide medical attention to locals who were in dire need of medical care and treatment. Without this effort locals would not have been able to get this medical attention due to lack of funds, and their wounds would have otherwise gone untreated. Also, a great host was treated for Malaria, a disease that has resulted in thousands of deaths. However, The team was able to be a conduit of help for these who again otherwise would not have been able to receive.
School Ministry / Children Ministry.
The team was able to visit two primary schools . They had sports activities with the pupils, Passed out school and sport supplies but also had the opportunity to connect with the youth both in fun and inspiration.
The gospel was preached on one on one encounter between the missionary team and the students and a sermon which was given after the first half of the foot ball match.
The girls were able to receive sanitary towels and educated on how to use them. In addition to that, Scholastic materials were given out to all pupils who came to school that day.
The youth were encouraged by the interaction they had with the missionaries who told them about hard-work, entrepreneurship and the endless things they could accomplish with a little determination and hard work.
Spreading the Gospel.
The Gospel indeed was spread. We had door to door evangelism, Market evangelism, and Sunday Church services. Below is a highlight from one of the participants concerning witnessing Christ.
“SPREADING THE GOSPEL of course was one of my personal highlights of the trip! We were able to do door to door evangelism; literally praying for encouraging those from the local community. While the cultures may be completely different the love of Christ transcended and was welcomed amazingly! On Sunday, we hosted church services at 5 separate locations and hosted children’s church to well over 1000 children at the different locations. This was amazing! We used hands on activities and interpreters to teach the children about God and life. They had a ball! Then yours truly had the opportunity to preach to over 200 people at a crusade during a local market day. This was literally one of the most fulfilling moments of my life! Speaking to people about that which has changed my life, then declaring over them that because of this moment and the word of God their lives would never be the same…. OMG!
We were also able to work alongside our Uganda missionary counterparts. This experience taught both cultures so much through interaction, partnership, and ministry. I can say that the connections made, and the friendships started are like no other and will last a life time. The Ugandan missionaries literally worked tirelessly to serve and complete every project we had before us and they worked HARD! Literally teaching us that God will afford strength to the willing workman! I for one was in awe! They also had such a fiery love for the Lord that it was beyond inspiring to all of us Americans. Their knowledge of the word, enthusiasm to help the people, and love for the work we were doing was nothing less than a blessing to both the locals and us alike”. Sergio Dixon
Mount Moroto Experience.
The team had a privilege to go for mountain hiking at Mount Moroto. These are some of the personal Highlights from a member of All Nations Team.
My personal highlight of the trip was on our second to last day in Karamoja. Our team all put on our mission shirts for pictures on Mt. Moroto which we were all to hike. Mt. Moroto is one of the tourist attractions in Northern Uganda. Mt. Moroto has an elevation of 3,083m (10,115ft). Literally I could not wait to go hiking up the mountain, little did I forget that I was not 20 something anymore nor was in any shape to go mountain climbing. BUT GOD! With great help from our Ugandan counterparts about 25% of our team including myself made it not only to the top of the mountain but to a waterfall deep in the heart of the mountain. Here we prayed, worshiped and I led us in a moment of reflection. God was literally speaking and ministering to our hearts. The difficultness of the journey and the shape of us (some better than others and some [me] worse than others lol) but as a community, through heavy encouragement we made it and without each other we would have failed. God has literally created us to be in communion! The Holy Spirit lead us and took us and then ministered to us upon the completion of our journey!
(GIP) is a one to two month global issues mission experience with youth and students from across different cultures.
Global Link Afrika does this with a goal of helping students to understand holistic mission’s .This happens through giving them practical experience in relevant global issues and how they relate to the call of Christ in advancing his kingdom.
We endeavor to give participants a broader view of missions by challenging them to consider a missional life style and even long term consideration to Global missions.
We also hope that through this cross cultural experience the participants will learn how to communicate across cultures.
Click on the link below for you to apply . You can send your application and inquiries to: [email protected]
Above: Group of missionaries who participated in the June mission as part of the GIP programs 2017.
The Global Issues Program is a one month’s cross-cultural program for individuals and groups seconded by churches or evangelical organizations with the goal of helping them to understand holistic missions in a cross cultural community. The program focuses on both the global and national issues like Poverty, Politics, War and Refugees, Special needs, HIV/AIDS, Illiteracy and Disasters among others. The program also provides the challenge to participants and the organizations on how to relate the call of God in advancing His Kingdom across cultures with the opportunities to respond to such global issues for gospel centered transformation.
The Global Issues Program is an initiative that aims at providing exposure and training to Christians particularly young people on the various global issues.
Through this program we seek to bring Christians face to face with the reality of global issues such as HIV/ AIDS, poverty, war, intercultural conflicts, refugees, special needs among others, with the view to challenging them to think of ways in which these issues could be addressed from Christian perspectives. Over the last two years we have had the privilege of running the program in partnership with InterVarsity USA. We have managed the program in such a way that InterVarsity and GLA both identify students who are then teamed up to work together for a period of a month. This provides a perfect opportunity for cross cultural Interface as the two teams serve alongside each other and learn from each other.
The program is arranged in such a way that the joint teams work together in supporting the work of local organisations that are already addressing numerous global issues. The last two years have seen us work with Thread of life, Great Army School and Miles to Smiles in Kampala. All these organisations address issues of poverty and slums by empowering women with income generating skills and education for slums children in Kampala. In Gulu we worked with Child Voice International, an organisation, which is rehabilitating formerly abducted children who are now mothers. The participants in the program received cross-cultural training, training in missions and bible handling. They also participated actively in what the host organisations are doing without disrupting their normal routine, but instead support their initiatives.
The program farther encouraged the students to be part of God’s redemptive work to those who are marginalised, forgotten and broken. They were involved in community services such as cleaning homes and re-thatching huts of vulnerable elders in Gulu. They responded positively to the communities through providing their basic needs and outstandingly rebuilt a hut for an 83 year old blind man. This was one of the six homesteads that the team rehabilitated. Many of the students did not come out of the mission the same. They have not only learnt to live a holistic life of compassion and love but also to love and serve the communities.
The program The following is an article from the September 2014 edition of “The Link”, a newsletter produced by Global Link Afrika. It describes the experience of some of the GIP 2014 participants.ad tremendous impact on the individual participants as can be seen from the following comments:
- “This trip has really made feel encouraged by God to pursue long term mission with seeking to provide clean drinking water and education to the marginalised, though I don’t know how when and where. In the mean time I feel encouraged to pursue meaningful relationship with God.” (David, USA)
- “I pray that God gives me the wisdom of discernment to know how to pursue and serve communities worldwide” (Petek, USA)
- “I can now use my art to tell stories of God’s work in Uganda and write to people to think about global issues. I will also use my education to create innovative solutions to social issues around me and live simply” (Wes, USA)
- “Jesus says I am the vine you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear more fruit; apart from me you can do nothing [John 15:5]. I will abide, live imply and pray for CVI women and children” (Immy,Uganda)
- “I will pursue support to o grow in leadership and ministry as I trust in the gifts God has given; I pray to make decisions for the Kingdom with clear answers and details” (Megan, USA)
- “I chose to live a low profiled kind of life in order to support God’s ministry. I will commit myself to pray for GLA staff and volunteers.” (Winnie, Ugandan)
- As for GLA, the Global Mission Program has opened a new door for community service through active mission participation and partnership. We are therefore looking forward to collaboration with our partners in promoting the understanding of Global Issues in the urban and rural communities.
SOME OF THE PICTURES FROM THE GLOBAL ISSUES PROGRAM (2016..GLA/IV TEAM)
Global Issues Program 2017
It all started on 29th June with a briefing at Global Link Africa Offices at Ntinda by Gillian Edube, the missions and partnership director about spiritual leadership.It was followed by an Inductive Bible Study (IBS) session conducted by Barnabas Omenda on how to study the Bible texts in depth with three key points to consider; that is; observation, interpretation and application, then a movie night. The GLA team consisted of two students, Okello Innocent, Cheptoek Scovia from different social cultural and religious background and one staff Rose Tinze who led the team; while at the GLA the students had enough time to interact and to know each other before meeting the Cambridge team from United States of America. The program went up to 1st July 2017
The GLA team then headed to Banana village where they met the Cambridge team on 3rd July and the team was oriented by Gillian Edube and Grace Park.
A)IBS/ Inductive Bible Study.
Mr. Barnabas Omenda took as through the IPS section and the new interns learnt how to approach the bible through three approaches of observation, interpretation and application. He argued the interns to adopt the approach for faithful handling of the word of God written within the biblical context in order to correctly apply it to real life, Christian community and the world in general.
- B) Quite time and journaling
Ms Grace Park introduced the team to the subject of journaling and quite time which enabled the team to understand it’s importance and how to apply it. She emphasized the need to seek God on individual basis apart from corporate time with others believers.
- C) During orientation, Mrs. Gillian Edube introduced GLA as an indigenous Evangelical mission’s agency, its origin and cause existence, the founders, the core values, the mission and vision and how one can be involved. She also explained the GIP program goals and objectives as well as setting ground rules. Team spirit was encouraged as the GLA team waited for the Cross Bridge team/USA team at Banana village. Whatever she said was helpful and understood by the team.
WELCOME OF THE USA/CROSS BRIDGE STUDENTS.
The Ugandan team traveled on 1st July 2017 to Banana village. The team arrived early eagerly expecting to meet with the cross bridge/ USA team, interact, have meals together and spend one night before setting off for Lukodi community in Gulu.
- D) Culture and Christianity
This session was a requirement in preparing the team to be ready for any adjustments in case of any need so as to contain their differences without causing disruptions of unity love and a sense of unity. This helped and equipped us to appreciate the differences the gospel appeals to in different cultures. Mrs. Gillian charged and challenges the team to recognize the diamond face the gospel has taken and hence learns that as different cultures reach out to God, their lights reflects thus calling for flexibility to learnt from each different religious and social backgrounds they come from. The common slogan was “love binds us together” which simply meant that it is neither wrong nor right but just different. This was very helpful in the entire mission trip. She further helped the team to understand the history and the current stage of the church in the two contexts of both Uganda and America and to see how they can be part of what God is doing.
- E) Survival tips
Mrs. Grace Park helped the team on how different things mean differently to different people depending on one’s background. This helped us to understand terms and signs in communication and in styles of worship. This helped the team to understand and be aware
WELCOME CEREMONY AT CHILD VOICE CENTRE
As it is the culture in the North- Gulu to show warm hospitality to visitors, the girls together with the help of the staff organized a hot cultural dance which made us so amazed at God’s given talent as some of the girls acted like men.