Jinja, Uganda is where our COTM Love Your Neighbor Missions team served for a week. We drove to every destination and we got to hear a bit from Tim Case who was our contact and representative while in Uganda. He built Nyenga Christian School and his heart is undeniably for the people of Africa. Tim shared with us how long he had been coming to Uganda and what it means to him to have teams come out and serve people. One thing I will never forget that he told us was about a time when he went to a local orphanage and what he saw etched into the wall in one of the children’s rooms.
It was this short sentence: ‘I am not afraid of witches.’
That sentence was bone chilling to me and goose bumps ran up and down my arms. It resonated so deeply within me that this is the reality of everyday life for these kids. Uganda and just Africa in general have a B-I-G problem with witch doctors. Local witch doctors have been known to abduct kids and kill them for their body parts for their evil practices. This is how Jinja and the Ugandan area got the title: the land that drinks blood. You can chalk that up to the well-known practices of witches in the land. I thought about those kids and how they lay awake at night with that fear looming over them that someone somewhere is going to take them from the security of their homes, orphanages, or family’s care.
We don’t deal with that in the States– not on this level– where children are afraid they are going to be abducted and slaughtered every night. When you hear about these things in the comfort of your own home and in the safe environment of your countries borders it’s easy for you to begin to question what part of the story is fact and what part is emphasized dramatization…but the reality of it is, is that it is all very true and happening all the time. Everything I knew about Africa and saw on TV and in movies and everything I thought it was…was exactly that. There wasn’t anything that shocked me but only burdened me. I wanted to rescue those kids and still do.
At face value Africa is a hurting continent full of beautiful, loving, hardworking people who truly want a better life or know nothing more is available to them. But mostly the latter. The Word says in Hosea 4:6 that My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge. That’s why short term and long term missions are so extremely important. You and I as believer’s have not just hope to give to people, but we have the solution. We have what fills the need every single time, we have what breaks every chain of bondage, we have what heals the sick and raises the dead, we have power and authority over all wickedness because of one man…Jesus!
Our team taught the children about the power in the name of Jesus while we were at Nyenga Christian School. There was nothing more powerful to hear than the name of Jesus resonating in that multi-purpose room. Children screamed with all their might and with authority this phrase: There is power in the name of Jesus!!! Those kids are dangerous to the enemy’s schemes and devices and I am believing and praying that each of them will grow into might men and women of God who will be able to restore their land. Our responsibility is to go and be obedient to God. To allow Him to use us as His hands and feet to give life to His people. Never squander the gift God has placed inside of you. You are important to someone’s life and are a vital key in bringing them into the kingdom.
Romans 10:14; How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?