One year ago, we were worshiped with Nampologoma OPCU under the mango trees. Some time before this picture was taken, their church building had been blown down in a wind storm. Shortly after this picture was taken, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church of Uganda presbytery came together to collect funds to start to build them a structure. Eric had the privileged to be a part of the meeting where one by one, individuals and churches stood up and pledged anywhere from $4 to $20...giving sacrificially to their brothers and sisters who had had suffered the loss of their building. Even our own church here in Mbale, which also doesn't have a building sends 5% of it's weekly tithe to this fellowship.
Thanks to their generosity, Nampologoma OPCU is now worshiping in this structure made of mud and sticks, with a tin roof.
Currently, their pastor, a recent graduate of Knox Theological College, is not ordained...Lord willing that will change very soon. But they had 12 children and 1 adult that needed to be baptized, so Eric was happy to have have that honor. What a blessing!!
Some of the children were mildly traumatized by the whole incident...at times it's hard enough to be anywhere near a mzungu....let alone having one put water on your head! haha!
It's something of a picture, though, of how sometimes God draws us to himself kicking and screaming...
Eric also had the privileged of baptizing Eric Wilberforce Tuininga...son of Robert Segula, Eric's former student and pastor of the church at Nampologoma. What a cutie he is!
Don't you agree?
The apparently fascinating mzungu pastor drew large collection of little onlookers...children who don't usually attend church, but stopped to see what was going on.
Lord willing, the mustard seeds of the gospel they heard will draw them to the most fascinating, loving and powerful being in the universe...God himself...
After church, Pastor Segula invited the whole church to his house for lunch. Katelyn quickly made friends with their little girl.
And I (with my camera) made lots of friends too! :)
We praise the Lord for the work he is doing in Nampologoma. What a blessing to be able to worship with the saints here and fellowship with them for a Sunday.