Congratulations, Uganda, for 51 years of independence!
Out of the 196 countries in the world, we are very grateful that God chose Uganda for our place of service. We love being here! We get the privilege of seeing God change lives. We enjoy the friendships of fellow Christians from different cultures. We get to be used of God to reach people who have never heard the Good News of Salvation.
Being American citizens with a strong sense of patriotism engrained in us, it is sometimes baffling to us how carelessly some Ugandans regard their Independence Day. While running errands in town today, Keith greeted many people with, "Happy Independence Day." These are some of the responses he got:
"Is today Independence Day?"
"It's just a rich man's holiday."
"Why celebrate? With independence we lost our jobs, infrastructure, free education and proper health care."
Despite the attitudes we sometimes face, we do our best to inspire a spirit of patriotism and celebration in our church by holding a special service.
Tonight we played Uganda Trivia and gave out prizes for each of the 21 questions. Keith preached a great sermon about three things that come with freedom (responsibility, accountability & sacrifice), and then we served refreshments. The best part of all - two children found freedom in Christ by placing their lives in God's hands.
Thank you, Lord, for the freedom we enjoy in Uganda to freely worship God, and thank You for the freedom we have in Christ.