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Monday, November 19, 2018

Discipleship is Key!

The longer I am in Uganda, the more the Lord has opened the doors for deep discipleship and Biblical training.  I am so excited to be sharing truth with God's people here in Soroti and surrounding areas.
 Last week I was invited to attend a training with Freedom in Christ and so I took a few close friends with me and we shared a lot together.
 Josh Shaarda led the workshop and the Holy Spirit worked in people's lives!
Lot's of Spiritual breakthroughs!
 Every week or two I drive out to Kaberamaido, 1.5 hours away to lead a workshop on the Apostle's Creed.  Last week the lesson was on the Holy Spirit.  My colleague Pius thought that I should hold baby Jesus, which I had used as a demonstration while doing devotions at a nursery school earlier that morning.
 So I tenderly held baby Jesus and talked about the beautiful moment of conception with Mary - one of the greatest works of the Spirit!!  Life without Jesus would be meaningless!
 Some of the attendees are very appreciative of all they are learning in this 6 week module.
I'm glad that this foundational statement can be studied... a creed that can be shared by all who participate in the holy Catholic church!
 After devotions about the Antioch church in Acts 2:42-47, I asked the attendees to break into groups and draw the church.  Every group drew a building... and yet we just finished spending 45 minutes talking about the people and services of the church family.  :)  Very insightful!
 It was also neat to see most of them drew a village style of church.
And example at a nearby church.
This week I taught about the church.  The material we are using through Third Millennium Ministries is really solid.  And it leads to great conversation.  The church here is hurting - with jealousy, pride, division, lack of vision, milk vs meat... and so we shared and prayed together about how to seek change.  It starts with me.  
 My neighbour kids continue to be another area for discipleship.  I can love on them, share Jesus with them, and teach them new things.  Here they are making beaded bangles and necklaces.
 Each child also made their own photo frame as well.  They had a blast colouring and then decorating with glittery stickers and pompoms. Jesus loves them so much!
I took a photo of each child and they were so delighted to go home with their finished frames a few days later.  Parents are grateful for my role in their lives.  
On Sunday a few of us had another deep Bible study as we looked at Responsibility, through the Lead Today curriculum.  Afterwards we took time to write letters to thank people who have been responsible in shaping us... and I received this letter.  I was blessed!
P.S. MILK stands for a combination of my names - Michelle Imalingat Karen Lubbers :)
And now for a few fun, extra shots....
 Sunflowers are my favourite!
 A field of cheer!
 I love it that this village church is surrounded in beauty.
Finally - Noah's Ark has grown a little since last month.  Kids and adults alike are enjoying the show on my shelf.

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