The eyes have shifted to Uganda through the viral video of Kony2012. People who may have never been challenged to look beyond their home have seen just a tiny fraction of a world across the ocean. The movement has come with mixed reviews. I will just say that capturing Kony will not heal the hearts and lives that have been shattered by his war. The victims will be thankful that he has been stopped, but that does not stop the war going on within their own hearts.
They do not want to speak of the war here. They have pushed it deep down into a place where they hope to not have to shed light into. But what if we shed Light into that place? “I will lead the blind by ways which they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn their darkness into Light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do, I will not forsake them.” Is. 42:16
We as a ministry have committed to doing just that. We have planned to start 400 churches this year. Now I will be honest, when I heard this, I laughed. 400 churches? How is this possible? But they have a great strategy in place. The 167 churches that we already have established will train people to move out and plant. We started this morning at a new church in Bukolongo, which is a camp for people who have moved from Northern Uganda (where the LRA were) and come to a Sugar Cane plantation to work the fields. There is much devastation and darkness in this particular area.
It was so refreshing and freeing to be the church this morning, under a tree, no entertainment, no musical instruments, just a language I couldn’t understand but I a love I knew so well. This is what the Kony2012 movement should be about. Breaking the chains and bringing light into the darkness.
After the service a young pregnant woman approached us to ask if we could go pray in her home. She had been experiencing a lot pain and black outs where she didn’t know what was going on around her. She felt like she was experiencing demonic activity in her home. Her husband and herself are not believers. As we entered to their iron sheet home, we began to speak the Name of Jesus. Jesus. Demons flee…
She began to weep. As we prayed for the Holy Spirit to break through the darkness and chains, you could feel the evil fighting and leaving. This is all new to me. I know that the war is not against this flesh and blood but against the evil realm but very rarely have I participated in this kind of prayers. As foreign as it might seem, it is real. I saw it with my own eyes today.
The devil has many captured in his darkness. But we have come to take the captives and bring them into light and life.
“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his JOY he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” Matthew 13:44
Notice it was in his JOY that he went and sold everything he had to buy the field which is the Kingdom of Heaven. Could we really believe that? That it truly is our Joy to leave behind this world, it’s comforts, it’s temporary fulfillment, it’s surface beauty, to give all of it up to gain the Kingdom of Heaven! I have so much fear in losing all I know. But in a world where I don’t know much, with little comforts and resources, I am finding that it truly is just “things and comforts”. He is bending me low, stripping me and I am finding the JOY to go and purchase a field, so I can gain the Kingdom.