Monday, November 10, 2008

Lunch Today

Today Sarah and I ate lunch with our good friend Geoff Price, and his friends from Uganda Godfrey and Joy. Geoff is involved in helping starting an orphanage in Uganda along with Godfrey and Joy. Godfrey and Joy are pastors, and they help run an organization for pastors and churches in Uganda called Arise Africa. Godfrey's heart is in the church. He overseas about 200 churches. What he does is either start churches or go to churches that are struggling and train leaders from within the church to do the work. His biggest concern is helping churches to help meet needs. I asked him what are the basic needs and problems that African churches deal with. He says it is mostly clothing people, feeding people, and mentoring young ministers so that they can take the leadership of the church. Godfrey and Joy's joy were contagious, as they explained how they live out the Gospel in Uganda. This has been a war-torn country, and yet the church has survived and even thrived in the midst of poverty, war, and a lack of theological education among its ministers. Godfrey even invited me to come and speak with the pastors to help them with their theological training. What I always leave impressed and blessed on my life anytime I talk with an African Christian is their reliance upon prayer. They have to rely on God to meet their needs. Godfrey and Joy have 8 children, and they could not pay for school this past year. So that had each one of their kids pray for the money for school, and to be grateful even if God did not provide, and God ended up meeting way beyond their need. Listening for God's voice and prayer are woven in the fabric of African Christians. I need them, and their example. Godfrey and I talked about how he listens for God's voice in every decision he makes, and the joy he sees in God's provision. Certainly the African Church are not without their problems, but we need them as examples of prayer and God's provision.


michelle said...

in Tyler currently .... where is Mertens exactly?

heather said...

Just back from 2 weeks in Southern Sudan and the IMB Commissioning Service in Houston. I'm amazed by the young families that are leaving it all to proclaim the gospel in some desolate, dangerous places. The streets in Kapoeta are littered with 50 caliber shells. Never dreamed I could tell Bible stories to people who can't afford clothing but carry ak47s. The children there hadn't seen bandaids and neosporin but knew about landmines. Pray for the Toposa people. Tell your folks hi.

Kristyn said...

Wow. I think your friend understands the gospel. What a challenge to American Christians- our comfort has become our prison. Maybe one day we will understand as he does. Thanks for sharing!