2013/January 2014 - Vol. 71.
Kairos Mission team helped
build a house for an elderly woman
and Service in Uganda
by Phil Morrison
Mission team from
the European region of the Sword of the Spirit spent two weeks in July
7-22, 2013 serving in Uganda. The team was composed
of 8 men aged 18-25 from Belfast, Dublin, Glasgow, and London. We worked
alongside local Ugandans, building on our relationships with Kiwoko Hospital
Missions Team, Luweero District. It was such a blessing to continue in
this partnership of mission that was begun last year. Our main aims were
to practically serve alongside local Christians, train young men in leadership,
widen our perspective of mission and to grow in love, humility, and faith
as disciples of Jesus Christ.
What we did
We partnered with the local Kiwoko Hospital Missions Team doing a variety
of mission activities.
During our first week the main project was building a house for an elderly
lady in the community. This lady could not afford to build a shelter and
was abandoned by her family. Through the work of the local church and mission
team we were able to construct a house for her. We started from basic foundations
and at the end of the week she had a fully constructed house (with much
help from the Ugandan builders!). [See photo above.] She was so grateful
for the work we did and started preaching the good news out of gratitude.
All her neighbors heard the gospel because of this lady’s gratitude.
The second week was focused on evanglism in many different places and
settings ranging from the hospital, churches, schools and a prison.In the
surrounding schools we shared gospel messages, performed dramas, sang songs
and played games. This challenged every team member as they shared their
testimony or a gospel message for up to 400 children. God was present and
we fully relied on him in many situations where we felt extremely inadequate.
It was in these situations we saw the power of God at work.
preaching at a school
Patrick, 25 year old medical student from Belfast, shares about a lesson
he learned while preaching in a Ugandan prison:
“This was a humbling experience for me as the whole time I was thinking
who am I to speak to these men about hardship and trusting God when I come
from such a different background. It was reflecting on this that I realised
that actually it didn't matter who I was because the Gospel is its own
authority. It is not me but Christ who works through me. This was a relief
to realise that preaching isn't about me coming up with my own clever words
but rather quite simply presenting The Word.”
[Also see Paul
Mahony's story of his experience speaking to a group of prisoners.]
Stephen Robinson, 19 year old engineering student from Belfast, shares
about how this trip has impacted him:
“Challenge. That is how I describe my trip. This challenge that I felt,
however, was not a bad thing. I think it was exactly what I needed in my
relationship with God. God worked through me in Uganda, there is no doubt
in my mind about that. He took hold of this fear that I had and made me
realise that it was not important. My insecurities or anxieties that I
felt were a barrier between me and these people and in order for the Lord
to work through me, they had to go. And that is exactly what God did.”
Morrison is from Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. He served as the Kairos
Mission Director in Uganda. He is currently in the Servants
of the Word International Formation program in Ann Arbor, Michigan,