Uganda YWAM Project (III of V)
Part III of V
|Overlooking the YWAM site, with a small inlet of Lake Victoria|
off in the distance.
Days 7-8 9th – 10th September
This morning, YWAM had an all campus worship and prayer time that we joined in with. It was good to be a part of something with their ministry. One of the Ugandan leaders spoke about putting on the armor of God. It was a good message and reminder that evil does still very much exist in this world.
Our team is making good progress on the work ahead of our presentation Wednesday afternoon. We had intended to present Thursday evening, but it worked better for the ministry to do it Wednesday, so Thursday will be a bonus day where we can work on finishing as much of the work as possible.
This has been a good trip for me as I’ve particularly enjoyed being in the company of Christians from such a variety of backgrounds. Our team consists of people from England (3), Scotland (2), Northern Ireland (1), Hong Kong (2), China (1), and the USA (5). It’s the most diverse team I’ve had and the biggest team I’ve had, so it’s been a very different dynamic. The team has gelled together very well – I couldn’t imagine a team from so many different countries getting along any better than this one has.
|Walking the site with Emma, one of the members|
of the YWAM Hopeland base leadership team.
|Volunteer Geologist/Geotechnical Engineer|
Ray, testing one of three soil test pits. No, this
is not at a nearby cemetery.
|The engineers, who in this instance doubled as the|
soil pit excavation crew.
|Gettin' 'er done...wait, are my eyes closed?|
|The work room|
|Nobody leaves this room until the project is ready to present.|
One thing I learned about the recent history of Uganda was interesting, though not necessarily directly connected to this project (though certainly there are people on this campus who were affected). But regarding Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), I didn’t realize how prayer had an impact on ending the crisis in Uganda that ravaged the North of the country in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Apparently, after years of terror reigning in the north, with the LRA kidnapping children by the dozens and turning them into either sex slaves or soldiers, a group of Christians had had enough. Fear had gripped the people for years, with many IDP (Internally Displaced People) camps created virtually overnight as people from the rural areas flooded to the larger towns for safety (the LRA largely preyed on rural villages). The LRA was very much into witchcraft and a false version of the bible, with Joseph Kony treated as a deity amongst his followers. Many shrines had been setup in various places throughout the jungle, and people were deathly afraid of these places.
So, this small group of Christians went up to the north and began visiting each shrine site to first destroy it and then pray over the place. The local people were amazed at this since they were very fearful to go anywhere near the shrines. But after awhile, word got out, and word has it that Joseph Kony returned to these sites and found that his ‘power’ had gone. Soon after, he announced that he had to leave Uganda because his power had been stripped there!
What the exact details are of this story is hard to say, but the group that went there to pray did so with a boldness and willingness to confront evil that some may have thought foolish at the time. But their confidence in God and lack of fear of anything else was an enormous encouragement to the people in the area who had been gripped with fear. With the animism of the past and being within the highly spiritual context of life in rural Africa, such boldness in the face of dark spiritual powers spoke louder than any preaching or evangelism could have to the power of the true God and his son Jesus.
|Gathering data / fiddling with my favourite pen.|
|Jean and I, in uniform, checking the water sample results.|
|The engineers on the EMI team (i.e. the smart ones, plus me)|
|We took a break one morning to climb the nearby hill to get a|
bird's eye view of the site. Uganda is such a beautiful place.
|We got treated to a massive thunderstorm, complete with|
hail, torrential rain and thunder.
|Selfie, with the site and lake in the background|