Uganda August 2022

"Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him" Ps 34:8

Give thanks to God for another wonderful mission. This mission to the YWAM DTS and South Sudanese Pastors was contested right from the beginning and throughout. The devil tried to stop us at every stage and the battle increased in the second week when it became clear to us that the Pastors were receiving wholeheartedly. Both the Pastors and ourselves recognised what was happening and joined in prayer against it, then celebrating the victory.

The team came together at Entebbe Airport for the first time since we had to travel on different airlines and from different locations. We were joined by Bruno who had endured an 18-hour bus journey from Rwanda, and Joel completed our team once we arrived in Arua. We were due to fly with MAF, but the pilot had COVID and the flight had to be cancelled. Thankfully MAF was able to negotiate with AIM who generously agreed to take us. We started after lunch with 18 DTS students and some staff members and enjoyed teaching and ministry until the Friday. It was a good week with a mix of hearing and deaf students; a new and enjoyable experience for Flame.

"H" understood forgiveness for the first time. He told us he really understood the teaching, before he would listen and not understand but now the Bible makes sense to him. It's like Samuel hearing God but not understanding until Eli told him what to say. Now he can listen to the Holy Spirit. Now he also knows how to cleanse the land, he is excited to plant seeds.

In 2014, "R" became deaf after being poisoned. His deafness caused him to isolate himself but now God has opened his heart and he is not locking people out any more.

Sunday we went to the 3 churches we visited in March and we all enjoyed a very warm welcome as we preached and shared with the congregations.

Monday was an early start to Rhino Camp, a one-hour drive. We were grateful for dry roads which made the journey easier. Fifty Pastors and leaders from about 8 different churches gathered in the small mud brick church. The unity was a delight and the teaching and ministry flowed in the power of the Holy Spirit. Seven teachings and ministry were easily completed in the allotted time and at 4.15pm we were starting back to YWAM, followed by two minibuses carrying 18 precious Pastors, who were to continue with us in Arua. One lady joined us the following day bringing the total to 19. We returned safely, only to find the accommodation and feeding arrangements were lacking and it took a number of hours to secure temporary sleeping facilities. These were overcome by YWAM the following day, but it was hard for the Pastors and ourselves, trying to find at least a mattress on the floor. Such was the battle. Thankfully, nothing stopped the teaching and ministry, which we continued to enjoy and see God's hand changing lives. The testimonies glorified God and witnessed to the victory won in every battle.

One Pastor testified to many things he had to do in camp but knew in his heart he had to come to this teaching. During the 3 days of teaching he has realised the pains in his heart and hurts that have gone very deep. He now sees that unforgiveness and lack of confession has stopped those pains from being released. He knows this will bring great change in the camps and South Sudan.

Another Pastor said the teaching on healing broken relationships taught him much about his relationship with his daughter. He loves her but had not forgiven her. He realised he had to do something to restore the relationship. He hadn't talked to his daughter for 2.5 months. The same day he forgave her and gave the situation to God, his daughter called him. He has learned not to be annoyed like that again because he now knows the goodness of the Lord. Now he is going to take it and preach it to his church so they can also be free.

One very senior Pastor who mentored other Pastors said as a teacher he realised he didn't teach in a way others can receive. He took videos of every drama so he can illustrate his teaching in a way that people can learn. Since he confessed sin he felt release. His family was living in death but now he has confessed, God has released him to be free. He said he is so excited to use the teaching to cleanse land because the solution is now in his hands. He can even teach the elders. The teaching has brought them into unity and given them the courage to do the will of God.

Our return flight with MAF was not without issues, but all were resolved by MAF and we arrived safely back in Entebbe. A day of administration and rest set us right for the overnight flight to the UK. We were always conscious of the prayer support that definitely underpinned everything that took place. Thank you to everyone who prayed us through the mission. We so appreciated you holding up our arms.

Abundant blessings