Our last mission trip before our recent 2021 trip to Uganda was in August of 2019. After that trip, my wife and I felt the Lord telling us that we would not be going anywhere in 2020. Early on in 2020, it became very clear as to why the Lord showed us that. The Covid-19 situation changed many things, and we were not sure when we would be able to do international missions again. However, in the fall of 2020, we began to see the Lord leading us to go on a return trip to Uganda.
As we planned for this second trip, everything seemed to be falling into place. At the same time, with Covid still hanging around, it seemed like we were facing an uphill challenge, so I wondered if we would truly be able to go. I kept finding myself thinking that there is no way this is going to actually work out and that we should probably just postpone for another year. I knew, however, that this was my flesh talking and that God had told us that we were going to be going in 2021.
We continued on with the planning process, and soon we had four others who also felt the calling of the Lord to go. These were four very good friends who we love very much. As the time got closer, the excitement began to grow and so did my anxiety. Unlike past trips, this one would be much more complicated due to the extra steps required as a result of Covid. However, we moved forward as the Lord led us and found ourselves safely in Uganda.
We ministered in Uganda for nine days and saw the Lord move in some amazing ways. We saw people be delivered from depression and anxiety. We saw the Lord provide in astonishing ways. We even saw people giving their lives to Christ and baptisms taking place. However, when I reflect on this particular trip, the one thing that touched me the most was not the impact that the team had on the people we ministered to, but the growth that occurred in the team members ourselves. We prayed together, anointed each other, learned from each other, encouraged each other, cried together, laughed together, and experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit together. The amount of transparency that was demonstrated and the amount of love and support that the team members showed each other was truly touching. I will never forget the hours that we spent together each evening as we waited for the food to be prepared and ate together. What the Lord did in those hours was quite amazing.
I believe, beyond any doubt, that as much as we were called to go and minister to the people of Uganda, the Lord had a deeper purpose of ministering to each one of us. My personal faith was strengthened, and I was very much encouraged as I watched this team pull together to do the work of the Lord.
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