Transform Uganda III – July 2017
July 19 – Aug 2, 2017
Here is a breakdown of the activities of Transform Uganda III, as well as some other CTM activities I was engaged in while down in Uganda. This is the first of a series of posts, as there is much to share!
The Lord prepared our way before us, blessed the entire team while were there, and accomplished much during this mission. Literally hundreds received Jesus as their personal savior, people were delivered from the powers of darkness and brought into the light of God’s love, hundreds were treated by our medical teams, men were counseled and invited to draw closer to the Lord, and women and children were ministered to by the village teams we brought.
July 18th, Tuesday – On the Way to Uganda!
Boarded the plan at LAX for Uganda – which means first a long flight to Dubai, a stop-over, then on to Entebbe, Uganda. Met a girl on the plane from Cornerstone Community Church in San Clemente. She shared that she was part of a team going to Kenya, to minister to primary and high school children.
I told her about Transform Uganda, and CTM, and gave her our website address. Who knows, perhaps this local southern California Church may want to partner with us in our teaching ministry in the future!
July 19th, Wednesday – Met up with eTeamGlobal leaders in Dubai
Upon arriving in Dubai I met up with leaders and team members of the eTeamGlobal organization, with whom CTM was partnering to do the Transform Uganda outreach. These included Tim Robnett, Founder of TR Ministries and eTeamGlobal; Mike Parker, eTeamGlobal project lead and CTM board member; Paul Slankard, TU project lead; and Bill Wagner, accountant and project recorder.
We made it through customs, and boarded the bus enroute to the Copthorne Hotel to spend the night for our layover (Emirates puts you up free in a nearby hotel, if your layover exceeds 10 hours!). It was a splendid room, and I was able to get some blessed rest before wakuch on hising at 5:30 am for breakfast! The meal was served buffet style, and we had our fill as we talked about the upcoming TU3 project, excited about what the Lord was going to do!
We took off from Dubai, and arrived at Entebbe about 2:00 pm in the afternoon. I met up with Tim, Mike, Paul and Bill, and we proceeded through customs and entered the line to get our Uganda Visa. There we paid $50 each for the Tourist Visa, and proceeded on
through to get our car and get going to the hotel. Later that afternoon we arrived at the Space Hotel, and checked into our rooms.
A refreshing meal was served that evening, and we gathered and discussed our plans for TU 3 and the upcoming week. Everyone was in good spirits – laughing, smiling, and getting to know each other better.
Thursday, July 20th – Kampala, Space Hotel
I woke up early, 5:40 am local time. I could hear the 1st of the loud speaker calls to prayer from the local mosque. It reminded me that we are in a spiritual battle for the souls of God’s creation. Yes, we are ministering to the medical, economical and social needs of people during Transform Uganda – but more importantly, we are to share the good news of Jesus while we minister! He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that we all need to life this life to the fullest. And not only that, His resurrection life means we will live with Him and our brothers and sisters in Christ forever!
Nice dinner last night with the TU 3 leadership team. A fantastic meal was served by KIzza’s staff, while we talked of plans for the upcoming week.
I left with Arthur for his home in the outskirts of Kampala. I finally arrived to see a pleasant and well built home just a few miles outside the city. Here Arthur lives with his wife Esther, and his 13 children (4 biological, others adopted). They range from Rebecca, 9, all the way up to Moses, 25 (project lead for local CTM).
Abbigail is 19, and is studying law. To help pay fees, she is setting up a small booth in town to sell tapes, souveniers, and other items. Nathan is 21, and studying software development. Chris 24, is studying filming. Nygoma May is 16, and then there is Geoffrey, 24. Allan, Rachel, Patience, and Emmanual are among the other children. The children that are at home all pitch in, helping to work the farm to raise crops – including corn, fruits of various types, and bannanas.
In the evening I met Wycliff, a member of the local CTM board. Wycliff is a consultant, and specializes in programs and project management. I plan to work with him in developing the CTM programs we have in mind for 2018.
Arthur and I discussed the purchase of a used Benz 4WD vehicle. As you my know, the existing CTM vehicle is very old, with over 300K miles on it. It is rusting, and breaking down frequently (which is why we have had to rent vehicles to get to the villages). This used Benz 4 WD has low miles, and appears to be is solid condition. We are having a mechanic check it out before finalizing the purchase. This will provide us with a reliable off-road vehicle, help reduce expenses, and enable us to visit the villages 1-2 times per month to continue the work God has started in TU 3.
Next posting: TU 3 Begins!