Visiting Uganda was rewarding in ways I didn’t expect. I knew it would be culturally very different and that I would be challenged in my thinking. But I was changed in ways I couldn’t have anticipated.
I was warmed by the generous hospitality of Ugandan people who had little in the way of material resources but with hearts that were lavish in their love for family, community, relationships and for the God who they trust in implicitly. Their faith was tangible and lived out in day-to-day life in a way that is foreign to us who have everything we need and an excess of it. It was foreign to me. We are taught here to be self-sufficient. I have learnt to be self-sufficient.
Self-sufficiency is anti-Gospel. Trusting God and leaning on Him rather than on or our own understanding (or on our ‘stuff’ – Proverbs 3:5,6) means not propping ourselves up. I have a great deal to learn here; I suspect that you might too.
I pray that as you hear about Uganda today you will hear much more about the God who loves Uganda and her people as He loves us: recklessly, lavishly and completely. You can trust Him!