That’s right, same old message…yesterday, today, forever! I might even dare to say, same old response, but that would not be quite so true. Yes, the usual hearers were there: Geoffrey, Robert, Steven, Peruth and her friend, but again, always someone new. It was my first week back to Kajjansi, this semester, and I was joined by the same old Godwill who translated for me, but also, by a few new First Years (whom I hope to show you sometime soon).
Thursday is always market day at Kajjansi, even if Christmas Day fell on a Thursday, you could be sure of there being a good supply of sellers on the street. And even though this Thursday was Eid (Muslim holiday), and Uganda is a Muslim country (since Idi Amin befriended the Arabs), there were still plenty of traders selling everything from shoe polish to Polish shoes! There were also a few Muslims around, though not selling their wares, this week, and plenty of passing trade (as you can see from the photos below).
As it was a religious holiday. I thought it apt to ask the question, ‘Are YOU Good Enough to go to Heaven?’ It is an old message, but never out of date. The message is simple: the Bible says there are none good, not one, except Jesus; all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; and the wages of sin is death! Sinners can’t go to Heaven, or else Heaven would turn out just the same as here! So we need something to be done about our sin. God sent His Son, Jesus to die for our sin – Jesus became the sacrificial Lamb of God – like the sacrifices of the Old Testament, and if we turn to God and ask Him for forgiveness, our sin will be laid on Jesus and we will pass from a sentence of deserved death to Undeserved eternal life!
Nice guy, Ken and the Great White Hunter – hunting sinners for the Saviour!
Many stopped to look at the pictures, and this gave me and the team (Lazarus, Benson, Opio Godwill (all Ugandan), Confiance (Rwandan) and Herma Vincent (Malawi) the opportunity to talk to individuals and small groups. Me, I got talking to a Ragamuffin Ugandan called Ken. Ken, 26, used to go to church, but says he saw through the so-called miracles, prophecies and money grabbing. Now he seemed distrustful of the church and doubtful of the Saviour. He has also turned to the bottle – he is the first Ugandan I have seen blatantly carrying a bottle of Whisky, in public! He seemed sober enough to engage in conversation, and did express an interest in a church where there were no miracles except the salvation of sinners. He said he would like to come to church with me sometime, and we exchanged phone numbers. My difficulty is that the church I want to take him to, which is local to Ken, is not the one I attend, where I am teaching a Christianity Explored course in the mornings! Pray something will happen to enable me to meet both needs. Ken seemed really friendly and open to the gospel, pray for him and pray he might find and begin to regularly attend a local Bible-teaching church.
Pray also for the continued outreach to Kajjansi. Pray the Kajjansi team will join up with the Street Ministry team to be a more effective outreach group. Pray for a new outreach programme in the pipeline, planning to go into local senior schools teaching sport and preaching Jesus, at the same time. Pray this might bring sinners to Jesus and future students to ABU.
PS. Watch out for our wedding feature newsletter, coming soon!