At the end of November 2017, I had the opportunity to travel to Uganda with Jared Morrison, a friend from our church. I have already documented some of my experiences while I was there on Facebook the hashtag #MissionBellUganda2017 and wanted to compile that here as well (you can find other info on Facebook regarding Uganda at that hashtag as well).
Jared, along with his wife, Kimberly, and their 5 children are planning to move there full time within the next few months to share the Good News and serve the people of Uganda. I am proud of them and their mission and, if you would like, I would encourage all of you to follow them at Mission Bell Music (https://m.facebook.com/missionbellmusic) and BurleyAnn Art (outstanding paintings that raise money for needs in Uganda https://m.facebook.com/profile.php…).
I went to Uganda to share the Good News and reveal the Father as much as I could, but there were a couple times Father reminded me one of my main purposes on the trip was to support and encourage those who are serving every day there tirelessly often without much relief or comfort. That was a good lesson/reminder that there are those who are serving very effectively and sometimes my role isn’t to be the sheriff that rides in and saves the day but to just support those who are saving the day every day.
So here we go. ……. .
Had a great first day on the ground.
Met with the leaders of a group (Tutapona) that ministers emotional healing for PTSD and shares the good news with Sudanese refugees (approx. 1.4 million of them). Going on Wednesday to encourage the team on the ground there and be in a session they are facilitating with refugees.
Then visited Patrick’s home and shop/studio/school that are under construction. Amazing favor and provision of God on him and what God is doing in his ministry. We also got to see the land Jared and Kimberly have for their future home near Patrick.
Then we were able to visit w Pastor Edward Semonga and see his work there. They have a new church location and are experiencing many people coming to Jesus and being touched. We also got to visit the school he started in 2006 that provides education to almost 300 kids. Many of which stay on the school property for shelter and food. We (Jared, Patrick and I) were able to pray/prophesy over Edward and his land/work there and encourage him and some of his leaders.
Was so tired after dinner, felt like I had been stuck w a horse tranquilizer but …. . woke up around 3 am and been up for an hour.
Say a prayer for jet lag (it’s 4am right now), boldness in ministry opportunities and tummy protections. Thnk u for your prayers and support!
Today we began with a ride on motorcycle taxis to visit Patrick’s current home/studio.
We then went to pray for and minister to a single mom and her twin boys that Patrick and Mission Bell have taken to heart. She has been diagnosed with a serious health condition, but we felt we were supposed to pray and deliver message of long life and healing for her.
We also had a chance to visit with Patrick’s spiritual mother who took them off the streets at a young age. She is a world changer!
We finish the day by having dinner with the team from Oregon that we will be doing mosquito net out reach with on Friday.
It is currently 5 AM here and we are getting ready to fly small plane to a Sudanese refugee camp in northern Uganda to encourage a team on the ground there.
Flew out of Kampala early to northern Uganda to go with a team from Tutapona. They are a ministry that brings the gospel through trauma rehabilitation for Sudanese refugees. Many have experienced horrific trauma and suffer from mental/emotional PTSD symptoms.
I was specifically able to share a word with a young woman named Beatrice about God’s call on her life and left a New Testament with her.
It was an all day experience and we finished the day by taking their team to dinner. We will be leading devotions and a ministry time for their team this morning (4hrs from now).#missionbelluganda2017
Thursday was mostly a travel day (you can see the map). Before we left, we had worship and devotions/ministry time for the Tutapona team (Time was short but very sweet). We flew from the north to the south end of Uganda beginning close the border of Sudan back to the capital, Kampala, at the southern end of Uganda.
We picked up, Claire, a spiritual daughter to Jared and Kimberly , and drove to Jinja to drop off supplies to Redeemer House (orphanage Patrick partners with) and get ready for net outreach. Then we met Patrick’s sister and ran a couple errands before dinner at an interesting medieval looking restaurant. Retired the day at a hotel at the beginning of the Nile River (if you follow my Instagram, I actually thought Jared said it was at another location we flew over in the plane – that was incorrect).
We are leaving this morning to go out of town to the village to pass out mosquito nets to about 1200 families that will protect them from malaria, which is deadly for many kids in certain areas. We will be sharing Jesus with them in partnership with local pastors/ministries that will follow up with them. The net outreach is a ministry that Mulondo Patrick began when he was just a teenager in high school. He began the first time by selling crafts to purchase 25 nets.
Will be a great day.
It’s been so fun today.
We started with breakfast on a balcony overlooking the beginning of the Nile River 😀.
We then left to meet the Oregon team at Redeemer House Orphanage for the mosquito net outreach.
I mentioned it in my last post, but this ministry originated when Patrick (follow him @ Pat Studio Uganda.) was 16 after he sold crafts to purchase 25 nets. He has partnered with local pastors to follow up with those who put their trust in Christ or receive prayer. This was the largest net outreach with 1200 total nets.
Before we left for the outreach, we toured the complex at Redeemer House and saw their animals and crops that they teach the kids to raise. We got a little play time in with the kids and then divided into 5 teams led by local leaders, prayed and dispersed through the villages.
I was with some outstanding local leaders and kids passing out nets to every inhabited home in our designated area. We encountered a few people/kids with malaria and prayed healing for them and some others for sickness and one man wanted to receive Christ.
You may have read the earlier post, but we took a path off the main road and found a group of 20-30 people that wanted us to share with them. They asked if we could share a message and we shared a brief account of the Gospel while one of our team translated.
Many raised their hands to receive the gift of forgiveness and adoption to be His children (“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” John 1:12 NIV). They asked us to speak to them and for prayer concerning fighting in their family (much of the group were from one family).
We told them how we are all born into a sinful, selfish nature and Jesus living inside by the Holy Spirit will teach us to serve and forgive like Jesus served and God forgives us.
It was difficult for me to read the people’s responses because they are very reserved, but the leaders of our team said the people were very grateful for the ministry and the nets.
I later asked Patrick how he decides where to go and he said he praya for God to lead him to the neighborhoods we are supposed to go to. I thought that interesting because we encountered a number of people with malaria so it was a place that needed the nets for protection.
One of the great joys of the day was meeting the local brothers and sisters. It never ceases to amaze me when you meet a complete stranger, sometimes from the other side of the world in a different culture and you have the joy and assurance that you are family because of our Savior and Father. Pastor Simon is one that Patrick partners with. He has 8 kids, oversees 7 churches, pastors his own church and gives much time to the orphanage and net ministry. I like that guy. It was also a joy to work with Charlie and Jenay Brewer and their team from Oregon. They were an awesome “show and tell” group that were serious about demonstrating the love of God.
As far as Jared and Kimberly, they will need those who will pray and also give financially to make it happen. They are people of pure hearts, integrity and are a place to sow resources into for eternal benefit.
Also, if you would be interested in bringing a team from your church, (I haven’t asked Jared and he is trying to catch 3 hrs of sleep before he flies out, but.. I hope) I am sure he would love to at least have a conversation with you about that. If you would like to partner with the Morrisons, you can find more info or donate here Morrison Mission https://www.purecharity.com/morrisonsonmission.< img src=”https://abobwelldone.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/img_2779.jpg” class=”wp-image-5431 size-full” height=”3024″ width=”4032″>Until next time, Uganda!
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