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Grateful… for Us?

written by Julie Nicholson

You know when it’s clear that God is present and active in a place? That happened today. God showed up in the faces of nearly 200 Ugandan pastors, their wives, church leaders and community leaderspic1.

Our team from Watermark isn’t a sought-after group of speakers. No camp or American conference is clamoring for many of us (me!) to come speak. And yet here we are. These 12 broken, earthen vessels, ready to pour out God’s truth – and instead being poured into by these participants.

The first thing I noticed was their eyes. Big, bold, ready to listen and learn. Grateful. Imagine that – grateful for us! Remember that part about broken, earthen vessels? They were grateful for us! There was no flashy presentation. No multimedia anything – in fact, we had a flip chart! And yet these ladies leaned forward to hear everything the interpreter repeated for them. I was greeted by so many who said, “You are welcome,” which is their way of saying they are thankful we are here.

After a break, the ladies started singing in their language. It took my breath away. I’m not an overly emotional person, but I found myself weeping, grateful for them. Grateful for the King of Glory, in His kindness, to show me a glimpse of heaven.

Speaking of eyes, mine were opened anew to how truth is truth, no matter where you are. The Bible is real and relevant, no matter where you are. God is God, no matter what language you speak. And we are all His children, no matter what.

It took us 25 hours to get here, and if it was just for that day, it was worth it.conf2

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  1. Judy Collinson Feb 21st 2017 at 10:44 am

    Thanks for writing this, Juju! Made me cry! Praying for you all.

  2. Stacy Litreelon Feb 21st 2017 at 11:57 am

    Love reading this update! Continuing to pray for all of you!

  3. Colleen Simson Feb 21st 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Praying for you and the team, Julie! This was heartwarming to read.

  4. Bobbyon Feb 21st 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Praying for the team! Thanks for the update!

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  6. Verucaon May 14th 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Exepeirnced a car accident. It didn’t do me any damage—no scratch. Nothing. Just a little bit of a shock. It was not a major accident but it left a major impact on how I look at life.  I often here clichés like life is too short, enjoy the things you have while you still can, and etcetera but I never really cared. I mean, I know they that these lines are true but I didn’t feel that they should also apply to me but that changed. After my accident, I valued my life and all the persons and the things I have.

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