The Phantom Blog Post

Conor_adams Posted by Conor Adams on Tue, 04 Oct 2016 | 7 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

First things first, I’m really not great at blogs. It’s been four weeks since I arrived in Uganda and I’ve had a blast figuring out what on earth this whole thing actually looks like, however that has not resulted in dedicating any time whatsoever to updating this! Hopefully I can now resolve to keep this blog updated at least once every two(ish) weeks, but I suppose we’ll see how that actually turns out as we move forward.

Before I wrote anything else, I can only thank God for all the support I have received and am receiving from home. It’s been a real blessing to hear of people praying for me and being asked about my time out here (if anything it’s a little unusual as I’m not used to being this in demand!) so I can only quote Paul (Philippians 1v.3-5) in saying…

I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

Since arriving, I have taken up my post teaching Gideon in the mornings and afternoons, experienced my first earthquake, temporarily assumed the role of an O-Level Maths Tutor, punished my body via a 16km road race, eaten a lot of carbs, and been blessed enough to experience Christ’s Church living and working in another corner of our world. In short – I’m having a ball.

Additionally, I’ve been given the privilege of co-leading a small group with Waswa and Mercy from the Hospital staff on Wednesday nights. We are running a 12-week study on the basics of biblical Christianity through scripture and get to serve a group of twelve nursing and lab students. Thus presents a unique challenge for me as I talk way too fast. Speed and my unusual accent has resulted in confusion at basically every turn, so I probably should slow down a bit. That being said, it’s a really great way to get to know some more people and consciously share the gospel in this new environment.

The local church is very active around here, and we’ve had a Gospel Crusade (I was disappointed at the lack of Tutonic knights and proto-Imperial land grabbing but apparently crusades these days involve a speaker, worship and NOT widespread slaughter), a kids’ Bible ministry, and regular overnight worship services that carry into the smallest of hours and are very, very loud. Last Sunday, Rory and Denise were invited to speak at a small church outside Luwero pastored by our Estate’s Manager, and, in the manner these things often occur, I was invited to lead the Sunday school that morning. It was definitely a little different than I would be used to, but sure, some people sing hymns, some wave flags, and some do both.

It’s never easy having to upsticks and move across the world for a sustained period of time, and even these first few weeks have generated in me vast amounts of respect for those who truly take up their cross and follow Jesus’ Commission to the ends of the earth. It is a pleasure to live alongside people working full time in the mission field and medical staff who are totally dedicated to serving this small community and the wider area.

PostScript and prayer points
• I would ask that we all pray for the work that God is doing in and through Kiwoko Hospital. There are so many things happening all the time and prayerful support is always appreciated in the busyness of hospital life.
• Please pray for Gideon and the Wilson’s that God would continue to guide them through this year and all those yet to come.
• Waswa, Mercy, and I would really appreciate prayer for our wee smallgroup. We have a mixed bag of Anglicans, Charismatics, Catholics, Born Again, and crusty old Presbyterian me, so this is a fantastic opportunity to set aside our traditions for the sake of Gospel proclamation and foster a real genuine love for the God who gives us such good news. Please pray that God would be glorified in all that we are doing on Wednesday nights and in preparation for them, and that His Spirit would guide us so that we may talk about, worship, point to, and rely on Christ alone.
• Lastly, I would also ask that you could pray for me because I’m a sinner, and prolonged periods of loneliness and time to think often end up with me trusting myself and not God. Whether that be pride, foolishness, or just laziness, I am ever falling short of the glory of God and it is only by holding fast to the Cross that that will ever change.

Comments

Jenny Smyth said Tue, 04 Oct 2016 05:18PM
Great to hear from you Conor...glad that life is that mix of challenge, soul searching and new friendships. We are praying for you and so glad that you have ventured forth...thank you for all you are doing to contribute to life at Kiwoko!
Gillian Maganda said Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:21PM
Hi Conor, great blog and refreshingly honest and well written. Good to see Gideon with his Ukulele! We are all sinners, promoted to saints, saved by grace - no longer under condemnation. Praying for you and keep up the amazing work.
Dawn Adams said Fri, 07 Oct 2016 08:44PM
Fantastic blog Number One Son! It's great to see you being challenged by God to step out of your comfort zone and be wholly reliant on Him and His mercy. We are praying for you daily and know that you are exactly where you should be. Looking forward to future blogs xxx
barbara snelling said Sat, 08 Oct 2016 05:02PM
So good to hear about whats happening in your life .Missing seeing you round here,but so glad you have so many challenges to face with God right there beside you.looking forward to more blogs .Praying for you xxBarbara
Lynn Bradfield said Sat, 08 Oct 2016 06:02PM
Great to hear your news Connor. I actually can't believe it's been 4 weeks already. You'll be home before you know it with abundant memories and blessings along the way. Keep up the good work, it sounds like you've settled well and are having a blast. Prayers from all the Bradfield xo
Beth Robinson said Sun, 09 Oct 2016 06:13PM
Thank you Conor for your blog. Your update sounds positive and you have already packed so much into your first first few weeks! You are very much in my thoughts and I'm praying that will know His wisdom and encouragement as you face the various challenges of each day. Thanks for your specific prayer topics too, very helpful. God bless. Beth
Alison Bell said Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:31PM
Super blog Conor. Sounds like you have made a great start to your time at Kiwoko. Looking forward to your demonstration of flag waving on your return! You're in our thoughts and prayers. Alison xx

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