March Forward

The ministry in Uganda marches on. During this past year, the chairman and his wife were severely injured in a motorcycle accident, the secretary nearly lost her home, Michael Rokenbrodt’s father passed away, a teacher was paralyzed the week before his marriage, another loss of land, and another debilitating illness. Yet the ministry marches on.

The Corona Virus is international news, but almost no one has heard of the billions of locusts that have swarmed East Africa, consuming harvests and putting 20 million people at risk of starvation. These swarms have hit more than 10 countries and one swarm is just miles away from Jinja, Uganda. Yet the ministry marches on. Please pray for Pastor Kevin as he joins the march.

3 Mar – Leadership Team Meeting
4 Mar – Visit Jinja Zone C
5 Mar – Missionary meeting
6 Mar – Musasizi’s Home
7 Mar – Graduation at Mpumudde
8 Mar – Graduation at Kikondo
9 Mar – Rest
10 Mar – Zonal Leaders Meeting
11 Mar – Leadership Team Vision Meeting

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Speaking Swahili

I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 1 Corinthians 9:22-23

The Oral Curriculum now speaks Swahili. That opens the door to be able to introduce the training into the country where this vision originated from.

The year was 2005, our family was in Tanzania teaching at Waama Bible School and presenting the Jesus film to remote areas on the weekends. We were able to get to know many of the evangelists of the small rural mud and stick churches. They loved Jesus but had very little training in the Word of God. The great commission continued to ring in my mind, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them…, and teaching them…”

How were we supposed to make disciples of these remote people and even unreached people? The barriers of language, distance, culture, education, and finances all seemed insurmountable. Even training these rural pastors in a school away from their home, families, work, and ministry seemed irresponsible. There had to be a way to train them where they lived in a way that would make sense to them.

Two years later, in 2007, a ministry using an oral strategy of training was born. It was a ministry with the Word of God at the center. It was following the model of parables and questions that Jesus used. It did not depend on school buildings or tuition. It was flexible and allowed the classroom to go to the students where they were able to meet easily. The student who was taught could become the teacher of the next class of students.

Now, 13 years later, we return to Tanzania. Pray for open doors as we visit Tanzania, March 12-21.