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Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Psalm 119:35

Friday, May 11, 2012

Africa

uganda pic2
Courtesy of Doug Penner, Impact Nations

David is in Africa.

It seems strange to say that. It's a continent we have never visited before. We have always wanted to go because of the huge need for clean water. The door opened and God said, "Go".

David is there now with Impact Nations and Steve Stewart. When we discovered the Sawyer water filters while we were in Honduras, David had to let Steve know. Steve was excited and encouraged David and I to come to Uganda and Kenya on a Journey of Compassion. Because of just returning from Honduras, we decided that it would be better for me to stay home while David went this time. The Lord has encouraged  me with what  David says in 1 Samuel 30:24. " The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike." I can share in what David is doing in Africa even though I am on the other side of the world.

Here are a couple excerpts from David's emails and texts since he left on May 4th.

From JFK in New York:
"We are still waiting to take off. Just saw the space shuttle."

From Amsterdam:
"Saw some beautiful countryside. Also discovered that ladies use the men's room here."

From Rwanda:
"I'm in Rwanda.  On our way to Entebbe. Should be there in about an hour and a half. My face is getting quite scruffy."

From Entebbe, Uganda:
"We're here. Google lasagna gardening."

From Mityana, Uganda:
"Hi everyone. We had a 2 plus hour drive through Kampala and then on to Mityana. The president and his convoy passed us on the road.  I got a picture of his car. Cars drive on the other side here--hard to get used to. I'm under my mosquito net writing this. Orientation in a few minutes. It is 5:30pm here"

It does get more interesting, Stick with me!

From Mityana:
"We had a wonderful time of worship. Steve led on his guitar. There is a lot of spiritual strength and love on this team. Words of knowledge, vision, care, intercession. We divided into care groups."

"I am learning so much about the gospel of the kingdom and it's implications for our lives. I feel I'm in a transitional phase of going from passive Christianity to active Christianity as was lived out in the book of Acts. It is imperative that we get beyond the walls of our church to rescue lives with the love and power of God. Read Steve's book to get a better understanding of what I'm talking about."

" Tomorrow starts the very high intensity days of putting into practice what we have learned unlike anything I have done or seen before. They likened it to jumping off a diving board into a pool with no water and trusting the pool to fill up. :) Or we are like jumper cables that need to be connected to a power source to conduct electricity(Jesus)"

"We had quite a good day today. I was crowd control guy today as we saw approximately 150 out of maybe 400 waiting. We saw a number of healings. The first boy I prayed for was healed and many others saw many healings. A deaf and partially mute girl was healed. Another neat thing happened. Towards the end of the day there was a small crowd at the door and the clinic was packed so there was no way to get anyone else in and someone pointed out a nursing woman laying in the grass very sick, so I went and got two of the impact ladies to pray for her and Jesus wonderfully healed her. It's hard to write this without getting emotional. This entire village of 8000 people drink out of a mud hole. I got it on video---- people and cows drinking out of the same hole with a broken hand pump sitting near by. Impact nations and I Thirst are partnering to bring 335 Sawyer filters to bring clean water to everyone in town. Our partner on the ground who will see implementation is a super high integrity pastor named Robert (about 2000 other pastors look to him for guidance.) -  a very humble guy. We also will partner with a Mennonite church in Ottawa, Canada to bring clean water to village they are adopting. Impact Nations is like a hammer breaking open and the seeds fall out everywhere. I can't believe the favor they have with God."


"Today was amazing as we set up 2 water filters outside of the medical clinic (school). When people saw the crystal clean water coming from brown filthy putrid water the reaction was priceless. After the crowd had dwindled once countless glasses of water had been poured, a woman came up and was standing looking at the filter, so I asked her what she thought of the filter. She just said "I want water" and pulled out an empty plastic bottle from under her shawl. I filled it to the brim."

Uganda Journey of Compassion
Courtesy of Doug Penner, Impact Nations