One day, out of the blue, I was asked if I’d be interested in building the stairs for the house the Jore’s were constructing in Uganda. For me, it was kind of a no brainer since that is what I do for a living. After a few days, I felt I had the “green light” from the Lord and in 2-3 short months I was embarking on the trip of a lifetime. As for the construction side of things, it was often a comedy of errors, with tools breaking down and failure to locate even the most basic materials and tools; but somehow, we did achieve the major goals we had hoped to accomplish. God was ever-present in it all.
Aside from getting to know the Jore family, one of the highlights of that trip was getting to watch Pastor Kevin do a kind of impromptu mini-session of the Orality method of teaching with a couple of college age workers at the guest house where we stayed. This was the first time I had ever seen this presented and I sat there totally sucked in as I saw how this approach worked to communicate God’s Good News. The questions Kevin asked after relating the Bible passages were nonthreatening and yet so thought provoking that I found myself wanting to go deeper into the meaning of the verses than I might have otherwise. From time to time other people walked in on the exchanges and found themselves wanting to offer input as well. It was an amazing illustration for me of how it must have been for the people of Jesus’ day to sit at his feet and be moved by the compelling truths of God’s kingdom in a way that reached right to the heart.
I am excited to be a board member of this wonderful ministry and would encourage anyone else to partner in prayer or other ways.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13