This is one of those times we are able to acknowledge the need for a saviour. I believe for some on realising that we don’t have every-thing figured out as humans are probably looking for someone to step up and save the known world from the pandemic that seems to be holding us hostage. So may I take this time to remind us of a saviour I found in Christ Jesus. A saviour not just from the sickness but also to carry us through the uncertainties that we always carry around.
In this time the devil will try to whisper in your ear, “you see; I told you, He (God) doesn’t care about you. Where is he? (His old age trick to challenge His (God’s) goodness; does Genesis 3 ring any bells)
But the question for me for him is, “but Satan this is your very scheme devised to tear down our confidence in our Father’s loving character. We know this world is under your control (albeit temporary) 1 john 5:19 and that you’re the god of this age (again temporarily) 2 Corinthians 4:4.
What this corona virus that is spreading all around the world has of all things reminded me; is how urgent our work of world evangelization is. The work has always been important, but this pandemic is even helping me to see much deeper than the importance of world evangelization, but to also put into clearer perspective the urgency of the gospel to reach the lost on time. We never have as much time as we think we do, time to tell that young man who has never heard about Jesus that there is hope. Unlike this covid-19 which we don’t yet have a vaccine (which I hope we get), there is a vaccine for our sinful, rebellious independent hearts and we are reluctantly taking it (that is even when we do take it) to the spiritually dying world.
It’s now been two years and two months since I moved to Karamoja. I didn’t know much especially on the how or where but one thing I knew was Jesus had commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations; now more so those who have little or no access to the gospel. And I knew from reading the scriptures that going to the least reached was the will and desire of our Lord, so compelled by his love and convicted by his word I went. I honestly didn’t know how this work would look like, but after two years certain things start shaping up.
Greetings from Kaabong. I want to thank you for always standing with us in the work of propagating the gospel to the least reached people in every way. The year 2019 ended well with me taking time off to visit family at home. This was also affirming of the work as I am always aware of how different our societies are in as far as knowing our saviour Christ go. Back at home Christmas is a time we are looking forward to being home with family and remind ourselves of the birth of Jesus Christ our saviour while many other places including Karamoja this craze is almost non-existent. This helps me to appreciate the step our fore fathers took to stand in the gap for us to be able to have a culture filled with the gospel. And it’s because of this knowledge of the risen saviour that I am convinced explains the love people back at home in Mbarara have for each other and it’s this same love that has taken me to share the good news elsewhere.
God has not called us to be rich, but to be extravagantly generous like He is. He did not so much love the world that He immersed wealth but rather He so loved the world that ‘He gave’.*1 That is who He is and that’s who we are or at least ought to be as believers.
"As I have loved you, love one another." *2 - Jesus
Over 100 years ago white missionaries came into our beautiful land bringing the good news. Frail as they might have been and imperfect as all men are, they weathered the hardship for the joy of having fellowship with us in the Father and his son Jesus. Many of them didn’t even survive the journey to the interior with disease and wild animals slaughtering them, and those who survived, our fore fathers killed thinking they were enemies. Nevertheless they kept coming for the call beckoned them on and it made them restless until they would see their African brothers know who they had come to know and love. In their sacrifice they portrayed the very sacrifice of their master and Lord.
Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
And this has really been one of God’s foremost promises for me concerning what He is doing around the world especially among those places and peoples with little to no access to the gospel. It’s this promise that gives me confidence and deep assurance that it will happen; that the Karamajong will know God, they will follow Him and worship Him. Overtime I have come to realise the issue isn’t whether it will happen or not but rather a matter of when and of managing my own expectations. Because He sure is at work.