Bringing Change!February 22, 2011
|Abdu with Hannah & Moses|
He was part of a small minority drifting in a vast African population. His English was good enough to make him a desirable interpreter. He was a trained accountant. His marketable skills existed in a small hiring pool. He would be a risk but his pastor hired him anyway. He would be one of the primary interpretors for a first time and naive short term mission team. His pastor was sure he could intimidate him enough to control him. He was wrong.
I met Abdu in 2001 as a member of that short term mission team on my first trip to Uganda. Our relationship is one of the longest and most significant I've enjoyed during my tenure. We both paid a price for involvement with his pastor. From the lips of the contract killer I heard how he was given approximately $50 from this corrupt pastor to silence Abdu.
Abdu has taught me more about the culture than any other Ugandan. Pam and I shared the same house with Abdu and his family for four years. We lived life with them. They benefited from our lives and we benefited from theirs. We could never do what we do without the huge contribution Abdu has made to our lives.
|Quality Dairy Cows|
"The youth in the church have been lied to. They have been told to simply believe in God for money and blessings. But, I have discovered that whatever you do in your occupation that brings glory to God is worship. I want to earn money to support pastors and to train youth to work and show them how they can use the little they have."
Change is coming to this developing third world nation. Some of the next generation of leaders are committed to the integrity of the Kingdom of God. They are the change agents that Uganda needs. Abdu is one of the finest returns on the investment many of you are making in the Pearl of Africa. Two weeks from today Pam and I will again share our compound with this amazing family ... and we will help change each other for the glory of God.