Thursday, August 28, 2014

By God’s grace I will be back next year.

 “For every vision there is a provision.” I’ve heard that saying before; I think it was T.D. Jakes who said that. But it is the truth. I had a burning desire to go to Uganda with ACF this year 2014. How the money was going to come I had no idea. But God provided; that’s what matters.
 Brother Emeka doing what he is called to do.
I didn’t really know what to expect from this mission trip. All I knew was that I wanted a deeper relationship with God. For years now I’ve been reading my Bible daily and trying to pray every day. I really wanted to know the voice of God so that I would be able to do the right thing.
I didn’t worry much about what role I was going to play on this trip. As a musician, I already knew that I would do something involving music. So I brought my bass guitar along. I was thinking I would use it during the crusades, and then hand it over to someone in Uganda afterward. Outside of that, I had no plans coming into this trip.
The first thing that struck me as we left Entebbe Airport was the amount of dust flying everywhere. When we got to the hotel, we were cautioned about using the running water, so at one point I was a bit paranoid that I would get sick. I remember waking up the next day wanting to go home. That was when God checked me and told me that I was being selfish. I felt foolish; it was only a matter of adjusting to the environment so that the team could do God’s work effectively. I took my focus off the water and started to focus on the mission. From then on I was comfortable.
I noticed that the team put a lot of emphasis on the morning and evening devotions. Just about every morning and evening, before breakfast and after dinner, we would gather together, praise and worship God, share lessons and experiences, and pray. I see that was where the power was. It was our collective closet where we communed with God and each other, building each other and ourselves spiritually.
God truly is the Master Planner. In Kumi, I started a conversation with Bryan and David, ACF Uganda young adults. The conversation drifted into music and musical instruments. I told them that I play bass guitar. They told me that they were interested in playing bass guitar. So I said that I would give mine to them. The bass guitar now belongs to King Jesus Church.
Brian and Emeka just make a perfect combination in music.
Just like his father, Emeka is a down to earth young man and always ready to give a helping hand in everything.
The devil tried to mess up his ankle but he wasn't successful at all. Emeka is a true soldier of the Lord as he laughed off the situation.
The crusades were my favorite parts of the mission program because I played my bass guitar there as well as piano. I felt like I was playing a huge role ushering in the presence of God, which is primarily what worship leaders do.
I’ve seen that God really loves to show what He can do through our weaknesses and faults. I saw how He proved Himself to be sovereign when I hurt my left ankle in Fort Portal on the first day of medical missions. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to walk well on the second day. God turned that thought on its head. As I moved around, my ankle (which was taped up) got stronger. I ended up playing soccer with some children, mostly using that same foot that I had hurt.
The ultimate goal was to reach people with the Gospel and make disciples of them, as Jesus’s Great Commission goes. So I kept that in the back of my mind and prayed that I would make that my goal as well, not only for the trip, but for when I return. I began to think of my school, George Mason University. I am starting to see that is my mission field.

I thank God for giving me the desire and opportunity to enter the mission field. I have seen the heart of God in a way I have never seen before. I’ve seen some of the ways that He moves around. I am thankful for the people I have met and the relationships that I have built with them. This experience has helped me to focus more on my relationship with God and to search Him out all the more. By God’s grace I will be back next year.

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