A Ugandan Church
This is Pastor Sherriff and his wife, Giftee. They heard LoveWorks at a ministry called, Perth For Jesus, which is led by a Chinese woman named Vera Lim. Our team has done some ministry with Vera’s and it has been very beautiful to see how God’s Love enables us to serve each other. Pastor Sheriff asked if we would consider coming to his church and we agreed. It was an awesome day! Ugandan worship is vibrant and joyful. And the people were so responsive to God’s Word.
A church is a community
Romans 8:35-37 was my introduction to LoveWorks that morning. I shared how God’s Love establishes and secures us in Him so that we can overcome all things. Love is the evidence that we know how to pass from death to life in our daily experiences. My heart opened to share my own journey of God loving me in my sin so that I could love my wife in her sin. “As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples.” As I shared the stories of how practicing God’s Love transformed my life and also redeemed our marriage, many people were in tears. All through the message the people were shouting with joy and giving glory to God! It was awesome to see their hearts being deeply moved.
In prayer, I asked God to show each person someone they needed to repent to. I challenged them to go and confess their hard heart against them without any blame and seek their forgiveness. Tell them you want to love them again. Many tears were falling. The pastor came and was deeply moved as tears filled his eyes. He saw the Holy Spirit doing a strong work among his people and he was so grateful.
Sue and I will return to this church in a few weeks and I can’t wait!! They asked if we would go with them to Uganda. Again I see LoveWorks being taken to the nations through people who are experiencing the power of Love’s transformation.
My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.
Abraham was at the Ugandan Church when I spoke recently. He sat on the front row with his young child. His wife was home because she was soon to deliver their second child so she was resting. Abraham was joyful in worship and could really dance! He made my face beam with joy at his freedom. After worship, the Pastor introduced me and I began to speak about how God’s Love empowers us to say “no” to our fleshly responses like – anger, fear, worry, control, silence, bitterness, and addictions. I spoke about how God broke my heart. How did God break my heart? By calling me to love my wife in the midst of our divorce. This stirred up my own dark heart as my flesh did not want to love her because of pain. But when I would surrender to Love, it would break my heart and make it more like Christ’s.