What an extraordinary few days! 3 days at Jinja in Uganda at a Retreat for the leaders/volunteers (about 120 of us) of Calvary Chapel Kampala.
The YWAM site was beautiful, with stunning views and great facilities, if, at times a little basic!
We did 6 Studies over the three days, and the teaching was encapsulated in awesome worship and powerful times of Prayer ministry. Such wonderful times together – people were really blessed by all of it and there was a great sense of the work of God in our midst.
And at the end, the last part of the worship together was so powerful. On the last session we had worshipped, preached, prayed together and worshipped some more, and the final songs of worship had been so wonderful ending with a beautiful and praise-filled singing of ‘Blessed be your name’… Then Josh asked me to close the whole few days in prayer. I took the verses that had become the theme of the conference, which God had given Josh when we’d sat down and prayed together right at the start of it all:
1 “Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 May my teaching drop as the rain,
my speech distill as the dew,
like gentle rain upon the tender grass,
and like showers upon the herb.
Then I prayed thanking God for his word that had ‘fallen on us’ over the few days together and had ‘watered our hearts’, and praising him for his living Word the Lord Jesus – and asking that we would join with the angels in heaven to sing ‘Holy, holy, holy’ around His throne. Then I said ‘and all God’s people said’ and there was a resounding ‘AMEN’ from everyone, and at that very moment there was the most enormous clap of THUNDER! It was spine tingling – as though we’d prayed ‘give ear O heavens’ we’d given glory to Jesus, and God joined our praise and echoed our resounding AMEN to Him! And then the rain fell from the skies with a refreshing air. WOW – what a way to bring to a climax a beautiful few days. And then we ate lunch and had broken bread and ‘wine’ as we said thank you to Jesus for his death for us.
There was a real sense of the work of God in our midst and we thank God so much for his grace and love.
The journey home was long and tiring, but today, Sunday we had another great time together at Kololo for the service this morning.
Tonight I go to Frontline to their discipleship centre, which I am really looking forward to.
Below is photo of me with Nehemiah (the Missions rep for Calvary Chapel), and Peace (who has one of the most amazing testimonies I’ve ever heard). The church is full of wonderful people and it’s been a privilege to be with them.