Today, our church here in Mbale was blessed with a record attendance of about 125. We also welcomed a new member, had the Lord's supper and we had our monthly fellowship lunch. The idea of everybody bringing a little something to share and not just expecting to receive is a new concept here, but what a blessing to see the church growing in this area. Even some of the children that come without parents will bring a few bananas or rolls. This morning as more and more new visitors walked through our gate and more and more chairs were collected from across our compound, because once again we ran out (even though we just bought another 15 last week!), I knew the Lord was going to have to stretch and multiply the food today! And, he was faithful...we had just enough to feed every soul.
Among our new visitors was one mama who Eric met at a store a couple weeks ago. Her husband is Indian and a Hindu, but she is Ugandan and a Christian. Another visitor was our security guard from two weeks ago. He had joined us for worship that day and today he came back as a visitor (not our as our guard) and brought his wife and newborn baby. Also, the mama of 4 boys that regularly attend by themselves also came. Such a blessing to see parents being brought in by their children.
Then after lunch, we have the most spectacular clean up crew...our group of boys that love to hang out with us. They washed ALL of the dishes and they mopped our house since it tends to get quite a bit of mud tracked through on Sundays. Afterwards, while they waited for our Sunday afternoon festivities to begin, they sat and colored around the table.