Episode 2: The Alone Wars

Conor_adams Posted by Conor Adams on Sat, 10 Dec 2016 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Unsurprisingly, maybe, this whole adventure can at times feel very very lonely. The combination of new culture, new people, new routine, and ultimately ‘a new normal’ often seems entirely cut off and removed from the ‘real’ world back home. However, I am here, and my only comfort must be those words of Jude:

Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

I can gladly say Gideon is doing well. Teaching for this term is drawing to a close and it has been going a lot more smoothly over the last few weeks. At times, I wonder how much of what I say actually goes in but then we’ll be reading a Magic Key story and Gideon will inform me that infinity plus one is still infinity and I’m confronted with the fact that even my odd throwaway remarks are being taken in. (This is terrifying as I delight in silly throwaway comments and semi-dramatised retellings of whatever crosses my mind.)

To my pleasant surprise, small groups turned out a lot better than it seemed at the beginning. I can only thank you all for praying because we have seen a real change in how our members engage with the programme, the discussion, and each other. Most notably for me is how little I am having to repeat myself.

Having been blessed by the Lord with a fine Northern Irish lilt, our group struggled to decipher nearly all of what I was saying. Which would be grand, if they weren’t too polite to point out the fact I had just raced through our study in an indecipherable foreign tongue at speeds unheard of in East Africa. However, having suitability tamed my tongue, (and undoubtedly the Spirit allowing all of those gathered the ability to interpret said tongues) we have been able to discuss and explore gospel truths as a group and I thank God for that.

Additionally, at half term had the opportunity to take part in prison ministry and also to attend a CMS mission conference. These experiences sit at quite opposite ends of a spectrum.

Firstly, while I initially jumped at the chance to see first hand how prison ministry is carried out, I found the actual day physically, emotionally, and spiritually draining. Maybe it was the blistering heat, or the conditions those young men (and a few mothers) were enduring, or the sheer need for the gospel, but regardless I felt totally out of my depth and almost shell-shocked coming away from that prison. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was, but it rocked me.

Secondly, the conference — held on the shores of Lake Victoria — was almost entirely the opposite. Having the opportunity to speak to people who are serving God all across Africa was such a blessing. Hearing stories of how God is working in hospitals, schools, building projects, and communities right from the mouths of those involved was so encouraging and fascinating. I came away feeling nourished holistically. Good food, good people, and worshipping our good God all have a way of doing that.

These two entirely different experiences were both equally fascinating and enlightening. Since then I have moved in to new accommodation, slept in a hut (much to the owner’s surprise upon their return home), and grown a pretty scraggly and awful beard.

Mukama mulungi.

PS and Prayer points:
- Please do keep our small group (Nazareth) in your prayers over the Christmas break. Getting to share the gospel directly with these guys is a salve to my often tired soul. The partnership with Waswa and Mercy has been a blessing in so many ways, not least of all their commitment to seeing God glorified in first year lab students. Pray that what we have studied together takes root in all our lives.
- My experience of the Church here has been a bit of a challenge. Please pray for those in leadership, that they would be focused on Jesus and the good news he brings. Actually, pray that for the whole Body, because we could all do with more Good News.
- I travel home soon for Christmas, so I’d be grateful if you would pray for my safety.

Comments

Dawn said Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:16PM
Hey Number One, it sounds like God has brought you to a place where you are wholly reliant on Him  We know that He still has much planned for you and we pray that you will continue to seek His guidance and wisdom as you journey with Him xxx Infinitely looking forward to having you home for a few weeks 
Sandra Henderson said Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:56PM
God bless you Conor. Praying for you. Glad communication is improving and you have had new good and bad experiences! God is in control and teaching you in every situation. Enjoy Christmas, I'm sure Mamma Bear will be spoiling you when you get home!
Michael Chapman said Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:22PM
On a point of order - if you have infinity, is there room for 1 more of anything? Where would it go - you can't just stick something into the side of infinity? Or is this not what the point of the blog is...?
Frank Dobbs said Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:03PM
Infinity is like God - there is always room for one more sinner who repents :-)

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