Aug 20, 2017
Greetings from Africa Renewal University in Buloba, Uganda—just west of the capital Kampala! After two days of travel, your TLI team of teachers arrived here by 1 AM Saturday, 8/19.
God has put together a great team for me to lead:
Tom Kehn, from Arizona, will teach New Testament Message and Theology
Phil Pike, from Ohio, will teach Spiritual Formation.
Allan Topham, from Pennsylvania, will teach Introduction to Counseling.
I, Gil Zinke, from Illinois, will teach Church Administration.
All are veteran teachers, and have taught here at ARU before.
So far the highlights of the trip for me have been:
- My seatmates on the flights from Amsterdam to Kigali, and from Kigali to Entebbe: Each was a young man who loves the Lord and was very interested in what we do.
- Our Saturday evening trip into Kampala: When our van had pulled out to pass a truck, a motorcycle flashed into the narrow gap between us and the truck! Then a second motorcycle followed him! Our driver hit his horn in warning, but the second motorcycle actually struck our fender, flashed an angry look at our driver and sped on. We all instantly realized that he could have easily caromed under the wheels of the truck! Phil quickly said, “Our prayers for safe travel have been answered!” Yes, I had prayed specifically with the team that day for travel safety. Perhaps you were praying too. We praise our God! We got phone units and a delicious supper.
- Sunday ministry: The four of us were spread among four local churches. Each of us preached. Each of us also gave out a copy of a book about the dangers of ”prosperity gospel” to a pastor or church leader. The Gospel Coalition supplied these much-needed books to us for distribution overseas. The pastor of Shalom Church, where I was assigned, greeted me and immediately left to preach at another church. The Church Administrator led the service. There was much yelling and dancing, but only one offering. Then I preached. After the worship team sang and danced one more song, the Administrator asked me to conduct the dedication of a cute toddler. She didn’t cry when I held her!
- The fellowship on our team, and reconnection to ARU staff and to students we have taught before.
Thank you so much for your prayers, and a special thank-you to those whose gifts have enabled us to come! For the next fourteen days we need your prayers in earnest!
For the team,
International Trainer, TLI