Friday, October 30, 2009
I have been privilege to join in on the Set Free Ministries training. It is a three day seminar on learning how to be set free from sinful issues such as - pride, sexual sins, non-Christian spiritual experiences, bondage, rebellion, etc. There have been 45 regular participants, with a few extras staying part of the time. It has been refreshing to pray through all of these areas and give them to God.
This time together with my Ugandan friends though, has once again shown me that I need to continue encouraging them and praying for them. When we got on to a discussion about witchcraft close to three-quarters of the room put up their hands that at some point in their lives they have dealt with a witchcraft. I was in shock.
And then we started approaching the topic of sexual sins and the room started to giggle. I have learned that laughter in the Ateso culture means guilt or uncomfortableness. Many people had questions, trying to justify the culture... what about polygamy? What about the roles of women? What about HIV/AIDS? Were they supposed to list the sexual sins from before or after marriage? And the list went on. I really feel like the room was challenged to make a choice to live differently from this day forward and to share that knowledge with their friends and churches.
We are finishing up the seminar today and I'm intrigued by what the discussions will hold today. But for now, I had better get breakfast on the go for the gang. Ciao.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Then we got on to prayer requests and they mentioned that every Saturday night they pull an all-nighter to practise kneeology and I thought that was awesome. These men and women know how to pray. I certainly see them as Spiritual role models in this community.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
And the church looked on with sheer excitement on their faces.
I left the service at 1pm to check on my bird and a good thing I did... the oven had turned off, even though the gas wasn't finished, so the bird wasn't quite ready yet. Thankfully all of the guests didn't arrive until almost three. It was super fun having a house full of guests who sport British accents and who also love turkey. Thankfully George and Winnie took the rest of the food with them... rice, sweet potatoes, brown beans and watermelon. I think I had the easy part.
The coach pulled out of my yard at 4:30 pm and then some of the neighbours came over for a photo opportunity.
Here is Lydia, one of the neighbour girls.
Here is one of the ladies pounding garlic and spice for the rice pilaf.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Sarah and I biked home from the meeting and we stopped to chat outside her gate. Children in the background were yelling, "Auntie Karen, give us sweets!" and I was trying hard to ignore them without getting angry. A few minutes into our conversation a trio of secondary students strolled by. Two men and a young lady. They seemed to be minding their own business. Then along the road, bleating angrily, came a male sheep. He started eyeing the students and slowly chasing them. Then he sped up and confronted the group. The young lady played the role of a typical young girl who is in flirty love. She kept holding one of the guys hands and using him as a shield. The other young man stepped aside maybe 8 feet and the sheep stopped and stared at him. Sarah and I were laughing our heads off at this point. Anybody who was out on the road was watching this scene. The sheep was stubborn, determined, and obviously had a reason for picking on this one young man.
How often do I, as one of God's sheep, forget who my Shepherd is and just chase the closest thing that has caught my attention? "I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep." John 14-15. I pray that I will always listen to my Heavenly Father's voice!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I was invited to stay for posho (white cornmeal) and beans.
Monday, October 19, 2009
All of us girls wore our Indian outfits. I brought Lydia and Grace outfits when I went to India in June. They look adorable.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Last evening I was able to catch up with my Coffee Break Bible study group in Newmarket, Ontario. Praise God, the internet worked for a whole hour and a half. I met with all the ladies as they met upstairs for opening devotions and then the computer toured its way to the basement of the church, where I met great friends and sat in on my old Bible study group. Okay, I was a little jealous of the Tim Horton's coffee cups and the dutch treats, but I was totally blessed to sit in with the small group of ladies and talk about Paul's missionary journeys. The Spirit of the Lord sure does move in wonderful yet mysterious ways.
I'm thinking today is going to be another full day... with teaching, visiting friends, running the Resource centre, reading to my friends at SACAB, and attending Josiah's birthday party. Hopefully my toothache won't act up again and that I won't have to carry too many tissues with me. Here's to a new weekend!
Monday, October 12, 2009
For about 20 minutes we hung her from a mango tree, to drain the blood.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Then on Tuesday I went back to continue reading from the Max Lucado book and to check out their progress on knitted purses. After two chapters, my voice was a little tender but it was totally worth it. You see, five of them sat on the floor, (sorry for the older picture, because these women were knitting yesturday), knitting and listening intently. I started reading a chapter called "The Touch of God" and it described how the leper was healed by Jesus. Jesus didn't just say "you are healed", he also touched the leper. Wow!! As I was reading a fictional paragraph about the leper walking down the street, hearing people call out "Unclean! Unclean!" while pointing at him, the blind started saying, "Hey, that happens to us. When people pass by, they say, hey, this blind man is worthless. Nothing. Helpless." And then they clapped and smiled as they thought about how much Jesus loves them. It was absolutely precious to be there at that moment. To encourage the work of their hands and to pray with them. How Awesome is our God.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I just finished having a low-key weekend and those aren't necessarily my favourite. On those days I let the little things really get to me and I don't know how to deal with things rationally. I got really upset with a neighbour who decided to wash her clothes inside my yard. She didn't ask and it was during my Sunday afternoon nap. She took her screaming child with her and I just ran out of patience, inside my head... I was steaming. But, I never spoke to her... she has no idea I was mad. (But I do need to talk to her about using the water from the compound.)
On Friday I had a delightful afternoon. I decided to take some knitting ideas and a book over to the blind at SACAB. I showed them how to make a few crafts out of the wash clothes they have been knitting and then I spent 45 minutes reading to them from a Max Lucado book. They are so excited to have me come back on Tuesday to read more chapters.
I was glad to see that some pastors are coming to check out the Resource Centre. I would love to see all those valuable books being used. (Maybe I need to challenge myself to get out of the Fiction section.)
On Saturday I taught a super long morning of school and it was fun. Then in the afternoon I went to visit some friends to get my hair braided in Kiswahili braids. Nice and tight.
While my hair was being done (it took an hour and a half) I watched some teenage boys do their laundry with great diligence. Goodness, and to think that some people back home don't even know how to turn on a washing machine.)
Saturday night there was praise and worship at my house. The power had been out all day and we thought the rain was going to fall... so we couldn't have a bonfire and had the candles lit. But 5 minutes before the evening started the power came back. WooHoo. Some neighbours came and joined our team for an evening of worship and prayer around the theme of "Grace" and even all of my princesses came. I was so excited and the group nicely filled the living room.