We had such an amazing time this past week in Naluko, Iganga.
We had so many things going on and we bless the Lord for enabling us to have fellowship with everyone else down there.
It was such a blessed experience seeing the people in Naluko worship God is their own local language and just having people from across the sea worship the Lord together in harmony. Jesus is the only one that brings us together.
On a Saturday we had time together with the youth. It was such a wonderful time of fellowship together.
On Sunday, we were privileged to have Pastor Gary kusunoki share with us in John 17:20-26 (Most significant prayer).
In his teaching, what stood out to me was “prayer was a very significant thing in Jesus’s life”
Jesus, knowing that his time was near, prayed.
He prayed for us all, He didn’t end at that, He was tortured, and He died on the cross so that we may live. Jesus gave up his own life for us though He didn’t deserve it.
Jesus thought about each and everyone of us as He was preparing to die. How deep is the Father’s love for us.
Our heavenly Father is so rich in mercy and His grace is like no other, He loved us even before we knew Him and He still continues to love us unconditionally.
In his prayer, Jesus prayed on 3 major things,
- Unity-that we may be one just as Jesus is with the Father
- Glory-that we may bring glory to God
- Witness-that we may witness to people
A great reminder to me was that, we might not feel loved, we might be forgotten by the world, close friends or even family, but the greatest evidence that we are not forgotten and that we are loved beyond measure is Jesus praying for us, suffering and dying on the cross for our sake.
For the joy set before Him (Us coming to the saving knowledge of Him), He endured all things.
I was challenged in to thinking,
If Jesus spent time in prayer,who am I?
If Jesus thought about me and you even when he was nearing his death, who are we?
If Jesus so loved us that he laid down His own life for us, who are we?
Jesus, being blameless, took up the cross for our sake, we full of sin were given life, isn’t this something we ought to be so grateful for?
Lord Jesus, thank you for loving us, thank you for dying on the cross for our sake, heavenly father teach us to love you more and more,teach us to seek you and nothing else, teach us to love one another regardless of our differences, remind us Lord Jesus that you didn’t die for us because we were worthy of it but because you loved us, Amen.
Later on that Sunday, we had time with the Worship team where we had a question and answer time, it was great just knowing what everyone else thought about worship and having to share what the Bible tells us about worship and most importantly how we are to worship God in spirit and in truth.
On Monday morning, we drove to Jinja and a few minutes later,we flew to Murchison Falls where we spent the last couple of days.
We went for a game drive and wow! How beautiful it was out there. We were able to see quite a number of animals and this somehow just reminded me of how God created the world and all that was in it. It reminded me of how man was put in charge of it all and how man together with everything God created were living in the same place, man had no fear for the lions or any animals that freak us out now and likewise the animals. How peaceful it was back when God created it all.
It was such a blessed time just driving through, admiring God’s amazing creation and constantly being reminded of how he loves us and takes care of us. No man takes care of the animals at the park but they look healthy, the grass keeps growing amazingly, its beautiful out there. It’s even way amazing knowing that its all Our heavenly Father’s doing. While driving through the park, I was reminded of Mathew 6:26-31 and Mathew 10:29-31. If He dresses the lilies with beauty and splendor,
how much more will He clothe you?
If He watched over every sparrow
How much more does He love you”.
Time at the park, helped most of us just spend time with Jesus around nature.
Everything we saw at the top of the falls was dynamic, it was clear evidence of God’s power,no science can ever have an explanation of it. We thank God for His protection upon each and everyone of us.
We had a safe flight back to Entebbe we praise the lord.
Continue to pray for us as we reach the people of Uganda.
Pray for Uganda as we are in another lock down.
Pray for good health, God’s provision and protection at this particular time.
Pray for the team that’s flying back to the states and also those that will be staying back.
Laura Grace (Calvary Chapel Naluko)