Over the past five years, Orality Institute has had the honor of coming alongside the Ambassador Institute oral training in Uganda which is under the Association of Free Lutheran Congregation World Missions. The AFLC missionaries have guided local Ugandans through the oral curriculum and have seen hundreds of students graduate from the 2-year certificate and Romans courses.
This year, the AFLC missionaries and representatives invited Pastor Paul Kneeland, his wife Ruth, and daughter Alisha to help preside over the graduations in Uganda. Time was spent interviewing some of this year’s 94 graduates, attending a prayer summit, and interacting with the missionaries.
There were five graduations in total. There were three graduations on the first Saturday, one the following Sunday, and another one the following Thursday. Each celebration was well attended by the local community and included lively worship, gospel preaching, food, and fellowship.
The graduations in Uganda are a reminder that this ministry is multiplying beyond the borders of that one country. The Ugandan leaders are hopeful to begin training in South Sudan, since it is their neighbor to the north. This would be their third country to train in. Last year, there were two oral introductions for four ministries in Malawi and one oral introduction in Ethiopia. While in Uganda, Pastor Paul had the opportunity to meet representatives from South Sudan who would like to have the Orality Institute train their leaders. South Sudan has been plagued with war for the last 38 years. Please join us in prayer as we navigate how to best come alongside them. May God continue to bless the oral training in Uganda through the Ambassador Institute as well as these new open doors.
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all generations for ever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Our new friend in India comes from an area where persecution of Christians is real and dangerous. We will refer to him as Peter. Peter said that the situation in Northern India includes a high degree of persecution and only 4% know the gospel. He and his friends are bringing Jesus to the rural communities and the unreached areas.
Peter received his degree in software engineering and had a good job with a salary, house, and car. In 2004, God called him to ministry. He was called to go to the unreached, unengaged people groups and tribal areas, the places where there is no gospel. His parents are also believers and doing ministry. In 2017, Peter was married to a nurse. She also left her career to serve Jesus. Together they have two daughters. He was trained in theology and has dedicated his life to bringing the hope of Christ to those who don’t know Jesus. India is the third of the six invitations that we have been in contact with since January.
In Pakistan, Rayan gave us a two-year training proposal. He is proposing to translate the curriculum, to print the books, and to train 15 master trainers for $4670 per year which is less than the cost of a trip to Pakistan. Each of their master trainers would be responsible for 10 of their own students, which would mean 150 students would be trained at the same time. Consider all that the Lord has been doing: Ugandan graduation of 94 students; Ugandan’s teaching in South Sudan; open door in northern India; and 150 possible students in Pakistan. Exceedingly, abundantly, beyond what we could ask or imagine.