It is the rainy season in Northern Uganda. That makes the roads “impassable” — but by God’s grace and with Ephraim and Jova’s 4WD vehicle, we made it safely to every location. The countryside is astounding in lush beauty. Maize, cassava, sweet potatoes, groundnuts, sesame, and many other crops fill the fields.
The shrieks and ululations upon our arrival betray their joy in finally seeing this “Omondi” they have only heard about. We are likewise deeply encouraged to meet them. In every DOVE church that we visited, members have given sacrificially to buy land or build a meeting house. This practice of giving is also evident on the day of our visit. When we arrive, the firewood for cooking lunch has already been brought. Soon, live chickens are toted in on bicycles. While a few women are busy cooking, the service continues.
For us to hear from them the testimonies of God’s faithfulness becomes more important than them hearing from us! Miracles of healing. Powerful deliverance. Reports of God’s favor and God’s provision. Every single story builds our faith. The peoples of rural African tribes do not have much else to depend on — they MUST depend on God. And He IS Faithful.
One elderly man explained, “Five members of my family were overtaken with mental illness. I sold my crops, my bicycles, my land — everything — trying to get medical help. For six years, there was no change. I had no hope. I did not know where to turn. Then a pastor came and prayed for us in the name of Jesus. God brought healing. Today some of my sons are pastors; my grandson is a choir leader. For all of this, I thank God. Then at age 65, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. The doctors gave up on me and sent me home from the hospital to die. But God has healed me. I am still strong at 70. Praise God!”
One thing is for sure: God is at work in Uganda!