Church Planting During a Pandemic
Many things have changed in the past fourteen months. One has not. Our King is building his Church. After over a year of not traveling to Northern Uganda, I recently completed my first international training trip since the pandemic put the world on pause.
One day during our class, I had lunch with one of the trainees, Onen Edwin. Onen had previously shared with me his vision to plant a church in a nearby village. But that was months ago, pre-Covid. I expected the global pandemic would have set his timeline back. But I was wrong.
"God laid a strong conviction in my heart to plant this church while I was attending the second TLI training," Onen told me. "I shared this vision with my home church, and they sent me to plant with joy!"
Onen went on to explain how the TLI curriculum has equipped him to become a stronger teacher of the Bible. He now preaches expository sermons as the Holy Spirit leads. "My ministry has changed and will never be the same," he says. "I first share these lessons with my wife. Now she can study the word of God with confidence, which has transformed my family and our shared ministry to the community.
During the pandemic, Onen and his wife have visited families, shared scripture in homes, and taken food and needed items to the elderly. Now he's training four growing leaders in his church with TLI's curriculum, so they too will be strengthened to preach the gospel. "I have been working on a five-year strategic plan," Onen adds, "for this ministry to bring spiritual and physical transformation to our community as we preach the gospel of faith and deeds."
Praise God for building his Church in Uganda. It is a profound honor to serve the Lord with these brothers and sisters!