‘“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’ Hebrews 13:5-6
It is a great privilege to be part of Word of Life especially during a time such as this. There is godly and wise leadership with the gospel firmly central to everything. One of the key ministries of Word of Life Uganda is to help build and strengthen local churches. Pastors have been struck hard by the pandemic (no standing orders here!). A small team have been keeping in touch and visiting pastors in the Kampala area. Their observations are:
Where do the Muluutas fit in with all of this? We have the blessing of living and working from our compound. We are slowly coming to terms with less travelling and vastly reduced interactions with other people; not something either of us finds easy. Bernie works full-time as a software developer from an empty house on the compound.
Through the support of gospel partners, we have been able to support 60+ families who have been severely affected by the lockdown (see photo at the top of the page). Some of those include local boda-boda drivers, barbers, salon workers, house helps, pastors, friends, roadside food vendors and three people doing ministry (each with many other people) in the slum including the headmaster of the school I was teaching in regularly. Relationships are developing and deepening.
Alongside this, we have been writing a series of audio devotionals aimed at the above people and addressing the questions they are asking about God and suffering. This ministry has somewhat snowballed. At the request of others we are working towards producing one a week written in English, recorded in English and Luganda and formatted for use in a school or church setting for children. The head teacher is asking for lessons that he will personally deliver to the children and those working in the slum would love the Luganda audio devotions to share with those around them. The team at Word of Life visiting pastors would also love the Luganda versions to support the ongoing ministry there.
All Saint’s Cathedral children’s team and youth team as well as the youth team from their plant church have asked for English audios (I’ve also been asked to help with the online youth work with this church). The Word of Life Discipleship Training School and Bible Institute would like the English audios as well as a weekly bible study for the Bible Institute girls. I’m thinking we will work through the book of Philippians.
On Sundays, we spend the morning joining a supporting church from the UK and the afternoons having fellowship with the family of four on our compound. Bernie is preaching through the book of 1 Peter. S and K have been asking excellent questions surrounding the gospel and suffering. So, yes we are in a pandemic. Yes, some ministries and ways of ministering seem to be on hold but new opportunities and ways of furthering the Kingdom are arising. Pray we would serve Jesus wholeheartedly with the gifts he has given us in this new season of married life!
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