But God Knows What It is
|Gaaza's first public prayer|
That was my observation several months ago on my initial stop to meet the young men who have become known as the Island Boyz. One Saturday night, not long ago, I had a different picture. He was on both knees with his arms extended as if to embrace his new Father. He and a 13 other men had been invited to our house for dinner. 25 showed up! By his own initiative gone was the Gaaza's external signature mustache as a personal indication of his new internal nature.
|Chicken on a stick & sodas|
But, something's happening. Jesus is changing the prototype. If anyone is in Christ they are a new creation. After six long and warfare filled months, Pam and I rejoiced in having 13 transformed Island Boyz escort us to Entebbe Airport for our flight back to the States. Multiple times throughout the day we heard them question one another, "Who are we? Paul and Pam have many friends and even family here in Uganda. Many others could have escorted them. Who are we?"
|Delighted over money for Driving Permits|
Alex, who is not one of the Island Boyz, began to share his story with them. He had been a soldier, spent 15 months in prison, and met me 5 months earlier. I shared Christ with him, gave him a bible, enjoyed lunch with him, and even took him to Jinja Main Prison with me once. Three days before our final trip to the airport Alex came to our house and told us, "I couldn't sleep last night. I want to give my life to Jesus." Three days later he is explaining spiritual truths to these Island Boyz from the Word of God. Something is happening.
|Medical Clinic fills our house with the IB's families|
But, first we gave most of them their first look and ride up and down an escalator. Later we gathered in Cafe Javas for a memorable dinner and fellowship together. Finally, we put about three days wages in each of their pockets before leaving.
Pam and I both took turns at the door of the van giving them parental advice upon our departure. People are watching you, we told them. Make the Father proud of you. Depend on Jesus and the Holy Spirit to change you. Don't let behavior management become your goal. Love Jesus and let Him empower you for demonstrating the change He has accomplished in you. We will return in three or four months and we expect to see you maturing in Christ.
|Love feast in Kampala|
|Jesus is making them part of the New Creation!|
We left enough money with our driver Peter so that he can meet with these men every week until we return to Uganda later this year. He is learning to disciple as he has been discipled. A couple of more experienced men will assist him. But, this is his first real opportunity, outside of his family, to make disciples of those he helped lead to Jesus. We anticipate seeing development and the maturing process going on the next time we are privileged to meet with these men ... our Island Boyz!
Just over ONE WEEK away!
Next Generation Ministries
August 18, 2012
Jimmy Kiwanuka and Abdu Wasswa
of Jinja, Uganda,
long time associates of
Next Generation Ministries
will be attending the BBQ!
Abdu is already in Pocatello, Idaho, and Jimmy is flying into Portland, Oregon on August 16th. If you would like to help them with their airfare please make out a check to Next Generation Ministries and mail it to 29940 South Dhooghe Road, Colton, OR 97017 and designate it for them.