Predation

Namuyomba: defiled, out of school, no medical care

This culture clearly believes that men have no control over themselves, that their virility must be unchallenged, and so young girls have to bear the burden of their licentiousness and selfish lust. As a nation, we must end the exploitation of women by predatory men. We must train our boys that manhood does not require using women, and that a true man controls his own body. Fornication is a social evil that is forbidden in the Bible, and for just cause – it destroys souls and creates a society that has no respect for women at all.

“For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: That no [man] go beyond and defraud his brother in [any] matter: because that the Lord [is] the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-7

Ebola Represents a Failure of Leadership

Ebola, Like AIDS, is a Poverty Disease, and the Poverty is Caused By Corruption African Scientist: African Corruption Made Ebola Worse

Africa has vast natural resources, which are largely untapped because most of her countries are technologically backwards and pre-industrial. Those resources are squandered, and, more often than not, are simply sold off to the highest foreign bidder, usually the Chinese, and the money lines the pockets of Africa’s many kleptocrats. These foreign parasites feed on the African continent along with her native corrupt politicians, while its people get nothing. Africa should be among the richest, most developed continents in the world, but its pathologically crooked leadership guarantees that its people will continue to be denied even the most basic advancements, education, and comforts routinely enjoyed in the West.

I’ve seen it time and again in Uganda. The multitude of government agencies, all of them on the take. All of them “eating the money” to buy laptops and big American pickup trucks, or big fancy houses or supporting their mistresses. For example, Uganda’s road authority. They have a fleet of shiny new trucks, while the roads are allowed to deteriorate to the point where they aren’t even safe for foot traffic. Can’t keep the power on to the less than 20% of the population that even has it. Can’t drink the water, while most of the nation is still fetching water from wells in jerry cans. No manufacturing jobs, or any kind of real economic opportunity other than in agriculture, unless it’s working for one of the many foreign NGO’s (mazungus) in Kampala. So all their brightest and most talented people leave to work in nations where they have a shot at getting a job, leaving the country in the hands of the greediest and most incompetent. And arching over all of it is pervasive apathy – the feeling that nothing can be done.

One of my biggest jobs as a preacher of the gospel is re-establishing in the minds and hearts of our people the essential dignity of humanity. They are not animals. They are not “poor”. They are not helpless. They are divine beings, made in the image of God, royalty even, adopted into the house of Almighty God when they get saved. As such, they have boundless potential, and great value, because God deems them to be important. They don’t have to accept “the way things are.” They can change. 

It starts in the heart. First you come to Christ. Then you allow the Holy Spirit to change everything about you. Slowly, you transform from what you were, from your native culture, to God’s culture. You don’t have to go get drunk. You can love your wife and your children. Girls have more value than just being sexual playthings for predatory men. They don’t have to get knocked up. They can stay in school and make something of themselves. Men don’t have to prey on women. They can be gentlemen – like Christ. You can say no. No to sin. No to society. No to your own flesh. You can be free, unfettered by sinful desires, habits, cultural prejudices, and wicked ignorance. 

When God takes a man or a woman, He will inevitably make them greater than they were alone. His greatness becomes their greatness. Anything is possible.

“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34

 

Perspective

Some much-needed perspective for the geographically challenged (*cough*Americans*cough*). Folks, Africa is just plain big. Consider that, pastors, next time you tell a missionary to Africa that you “Already have a missionary in Africa.” By the way, Africa is NOT a country – it’s a continent.

Africa in Perspective

MISSION: Uganda Blog Update 10-21-2014

Greetings! God is blessing greatly out at Nakivale. October 12 we conducted a joint service at Sangano of the four churches to whom we minister. I baptized 23 people and married two couples. Many of the baptized were children from our Sunday Schools and VBS. It is tremendous to see the gospel do its work in their hearts. You have to wonder sometimes if you’re getting through, and then you watch them growing and progressing in their faith and it’s awesome.

One of the men I won to the LORD came to be baptized and also be married. I have been preaching very firm against fornication, and at the same time, making the Biblical case for marriage. Marriage is holy before the LORD. He created it in the Garden for Adam and Eve, so they could live with each other and enjoy each other without sin. It’s purpose is to protect us against fornication, to deliver us from loneliness, and to give comfort and pleasure. God defines marriage as between one man and one woman. If any relationship diverges from this pattern, then it’s not marriage, no matter what human judges may say – the Divine Judge has already spoken and His decision is final. These folks had simply cohabited, but they wanted to be married before God and the churches. I have to say, I was a bit nervous, as this was my first wedding, but it went off without a hitch (well, actually there were two hitches, but you know what I mean) and the church was greatly edified (another purpose of marriage). It rejoices my heart greatly to see the Bible change hearts and alter lives like this.

We remain and continue our work, training our leaders and our people, preaching, serving, and spreading the simple Gospel message of Jesus Christ to Nakivale, and through our people, beyond to Congo, Rwanda, and around the world. Things are going to become much busier for us in the next several months. Pray for us as we continue holding forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout East Africa.

God bless you all!

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Wedding