A Light Shines in Uganda
Recently I went to Uganda on a mission trip with a
small group. We were there for about 2 weeks and we saw some amazing
things and had some incredible experiences. Here are a few of the
highlights from our trip to Uganda.
Once we settled in and met the long term team, we were
informed that our team would be breaking up into smaller groups,
working with a national translator, and doing some evangelism and
discipleship lessons. These national translators are being groomed
into leaders who will go out and plant their own churches.
At the end of the first day, I returned to the hotel
to lie down, journal, and process the day. As I reclined in my bed I
began to experience an intense headache and I had trouble focusing my
cloudy thoughts. I sensed that I needed to get up and pray. After
praying for about 5 minutes, the headache went away and my mind became
clear once again.
That evening after dinner and team time, as I lay in
bed with the lights turned off, I heard what sounded like the scuffing
of feet on the tile floor and it felt like someone walked up beside my
bed. Then my bed began to rock slightly. I prayed and asked the Lord
what I was supposed to do and I sensed Him telling me to “just ignore
it.” I prayed in a whisper something to the extent of, “I am a child
of God, I am covered by the blood of Jesus. You have no power of me;
so you must leave in Jesus name.” The rocking continued for a few
minutes but I closed my eyes and went to sleep and eventually it stopped.
Over the next several days, my small group found
ourselves in the same part of town every day. There was one spot with
a bench next to the door to a shop on the side of a small building.
We started calling this bench the “anointed bench.” It seemed that
whenever we stopped there we always ended up meeting someone and
sharing Jesus with them. It was amazing how many people continued to
come to the Lord. It seemed like everyone we shared with prayed and
accepted Christ into their hearts.
One evening as we were out on the town, I met a young
man named Dennis outside of a pub. He said he had come there alone.
I began to share with him why we were there. As I shared the “Steps
to Peace with God” tract, he seemed to be following everything I was
sharing with him. Then I explained how it was Jesus who bridges the
gap between us and God. I told him that we could pray together right
there and he could receive Jesus in his heart and have peace with God.
Dennis finally accepted to pray. Afterwards, my
friend Jeff and I prayed that Dennis would be filled with the Holy
Spirit. We asked Dennis to pray and ask God to speak to him and tell
him what He thought of Dennis. Dennis asked, “God, speak to me.”
After a few moments Dennis began to smile and I asked
him what he had heard. He said, “In my mind I heard God say, ‘You are
a changed man’.” We rejoiced with Dennis and shared some more. Then
I noticed my friend Todd sharing with another older man named Charles;
so I invited Dennis to go with me to share with this Charles as well.
Charles also prayed and accepted Christ. Then Dennis, Todd, and I
laid hands on Charles and prayed that he would receive the Holy
Spirit. Then we encouraged Charles to ask God to speak to him.
Charles prayed, “God, speak to me.” After a few
moments, Charles opened his eyes and I asked, “So, what did God say to
There was a long pause before Charles responded, but
then he said, “I think…he said that I am a changed man.” I looked at
Dennis and he and I both began to smile and laugh. I then told
Charles, “Charles, Dennis just prayed to receive Jesus into his heart
about 10 minutes ago and God said the same thing to him that ‘He’s a
changed man!’ “
At one point, another one of our small teams had gone
out to share. They met a man named Simon and he prayed to receive
Jesus then he asked them to pray for his wife who was at home and
really sick with Malaria; so, the team prayed for Simon’s wife. The
following day they ran into Simon and he greeted them with a huge
smile and said, “My wife has been completely healed of her Malaria.
We even went to the doctor to have her checked and they could find no
trace of Malaria!”
On another occasion, a different group had left town
and went into one of the surrounding villages to minister. They
eventually came across a little girl lying on a mat beside one of the
trials. The team asked one of the girl’s friends what was wrong with
the sick girl and her friend said, “She is suffering from the Malaria.”
The team then gathered around the sick girl, laid
hands on her, and began to pray. The girl’s head was burning up with
fever. As the team prayed, my friend Namitha received a word from the
Lord and she boldly said, “Little girl, you need to get up and walk.”
Then the little girl got up, picked her mat up, and began to walk.
Now, the girl’s head was cool to the touch.
Interestingly, I have never been on a trip where we
were asked to “Please stop evangelizing.” Too many people were coming
to the Lord for us to do follow up and discipleship lessons with all
these new believers. We were encouraged to focus more on setting up
discipleship appointments and helping the translators develop their
leadership abilities, since they were the ones staying in the country,
ministering, evangelizing, and building their own church. However, we
were told that if our follow-up appointments “fell through” then we
should follow the Lord’s guidance in who to share the gospel with at
It was an amazing, fruitful trip. People were warm,
open, and accepting everywhere we went. One lady even named her baby
daughter that was born shortly after we left: Namitha. What an honor
it was to serve and minister to the people of Uganda! In all I
believe we saw 59 salvations, 14 healings, 17 baptisms, 5
rededications, and about 130 gospel seeds planted in people’s hearts.
We also helped facilitate around 120 discipleship lessons during our
2 short weeks. Truly, God used our team to shine a light in Uganda!