Uganda Ministry Trip
In January, members of our team journeyed to Uganda to offer training to a group of pastors. It was our first opportunity to do work in Uganda, and it was a very fruitful time. Here are some of our thoughts and reflections on the trip.
Ministry, Worship & Connections
Our time in Uganda was spent in Kampala, Jinja, Iganga City and other remote areas with most of the time and work in Iganga City. Our connection in Uganda is new to us, a newly formed church body that has great hopes of planting churches in remote villages throughout the country. We are excited to help provide support in this endeavor through training and education. through various connections in the US and Africa We are working on getting to know other ministries to help develop more partnerships in the country of Uganda. Our Executive Director preached in a Sunday worship service. It was a beautiful time with a full worship space with more children than adults! It was a baptism Sunday, and Marcus was asked to do the baptisms for 21 people with a wide age range from infant to adults.
Training & Education
We offered training for about 30 pastors, church staff, and ministry leaders for three and a half days. This training included topics like healthy leadership, healthy church culture, conflict, spiritual formation of leaders, discipleship, missional lifestyle, social ministry work, community impact, church planting, and working with youth. Question and answer sessions also brought out important topics and teaching around theology, baptism, leadership, and more. It was the first time this new denominational body gathered. People came from all over the country and met for the first time. There was a time to plan, collaborate, fellowship, and do a variety of activities to get to know, support, and encourage each other as well as plan together. The feedback from this training was exceptional. Watch for written and video testimonies in the future. It is clear that we made an impact in the lives of their leaders and their ministries. That impact will have a ripple effect on communities and the nation.
The whole Gospel is for the whole world. We are excited about how our international ministry work can help us achieve our mission to revitalize and build the global church.
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director