It was a special privilege to have Pastor Kolb and Rod Hill in our Sunday morning services at Ntare Bible Baptist Church, the first church we started when we came to Uganda.  The church had been preparing for weeks, and everyone was excited about the big day.  Pastor Naboth had led the church to fast and pray on Mondays and Tuesdays for two weeks before our special visitors arrived that God would give them a safe trip to Uganda.  We got off to a slow start, but by the end of the service 151 were in attendance, including 17 first-time visitors.  There were nine different choir groups that sang special songs in honor of our guests.  The last number was by Pastor Naboth’s son, Brian, our “little evangelist.”  The music was great and touched the hearts of both our visitors and the congregation.  It was a great honor for me to introduce my pastor as he came to preach.

Pastor Kolb did a fantastic job communicating the message through a translator.  Those who understood English said that they could understand his accent very well.  He preached from 1 Thessalonians 1 about what it looks like when a person continues to embrace the gospel daily.  No one came forward for salvation, but many came forward to pray, and four gave testimonies of how they were touched by the message.

After the service, we had dinner on the grounds for the whole congregation.  The church members prepared a feast of matooke(mashed plantain bananas), rice, potatoes, millet, pumpkin, beef stew, chicken stew, goat stew, peanut sauce, beans, greens, cabbage, and a lettuce and cucumber salad.  The church members served our plates, and piled them as high as physically possible.  We all ate the African way, with our hands, which was a new experience for Pastor and Rod.  But they dug right in and ate all they were given.  Everyone enjoyed the time of fellowship and good food.  It was truly a “big day.”

Tomorrow we will take off early to drive back to our home in Bwerenga, let our visitors finalize their packing, and then rush them to the airport for their flight to Ethiopia.  We will be sorry to see them go as their time here has been too short.  We can’t wait for Grace to send another team of both men and women to minister to our people here in Uganda.

Russ Daniels