Central and East Africa Trip: First Update

We made it! After spending a few hours in Entebbe, this morning, we took a charter to fly into a dirt strip in Arua. For a few of us, it was our first time both flying on such a small plane and flying into a rural airport.

When we landed, we were greeted with joy and welcome which we quickly discovered was a beautiful marker of the South Sudanese and Ugandan people. Our team was able to visit one of our partners – TAG, Targeted Aquaponic Growth, and got to hear stories of God’s miraculous intervention and the richness of obedience to Christ’s call. Many times, it was not easy, but God always showed up.

We were also struck by the power of prayer in faith. TAG partners with Calvary Chapel Church to house their aquaponic system which in turn blesses abandoned boys housed on the church compound. Not only was their generosity profound, but their prayer in faith was inspiring. As we met Pastor David, he walked us through a building still under construction. He shared that 9 months ago, the land we were standing on was just dirt. They realized they wanted to create a building space for their children, but they had no money. So in an act of faith, they gathered their church to pray on that ground and ask God to show up. In response, not only did God show up, but he showed up in abundance. Over the past nine months, they’ve not only built out most of the space, but it’s also already funded. God responds to the prayers of his people!

Pray for us as we jump into day two on the ground. We will begin teaching at a trauma conference hosted by ALARM in the refugee camp. Pray for wisdom to teach comprehensively and concisely. Pray also for the other half of the team as they teach about sanitation to the community.

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