It's the start of a new year and the start of a new location for our little church here in Mbale. We met together New Years Day to worship with our church and a few visitors from the other churches in the Presbytery. Previously, we had been worshipping at a local primary school. The benches...being made for primary school students...were horrendously uncomfortable and it was a drain of resources to be putting funds into renting a facility week in and week out. So when Eric and I offered the use of our compound for services, the church's steering committee eagerly took us up on it. The church was able to purchase these chairs and for now, we are just meeting in the yard and praying for no rain. :)
The Lord has loaned us a beautiful yard here... what a blessing it is to us to have the same opportunity that Aquila and Prisca had. (Rom 16 & I Cor 16)
Pastor Charles (pictured left), our pastor, preached from Philippians 3:12-14. (& one of Eric's students, translated into Luganda) The greatest blessing for me in the sermon was when he reminded us that we walk through life taking one step in faith, the next in suffering, one step faith, the next in suffering. But all in God's grace and with his strength.
And evidently, our cat thought...like most cats do...that we were there to worship it. He spent some time surveying the affair, and then found his seat right up at the front, where he remained until the end. Silly cat!