written by Jermaine Harrison
Greetings from Hoima, Uganda! After about 24 hours of travel by plane and a few more by bus through the countryside, the Watermark team made it to the site of the first ever ALARM conference in this region of Western Uganda.
About 200 men & women – most of whom are pastors, church leaders, and businessmen & women – have made the journey to be a part of this conference. They are excited and hungry to learn, grow, and be even more faithful stewards of God’s word in their country.
On the first day of the conference, the entire group met together for introductions and to be reminded of the truth recorded in 2 Corinthians 5:18: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation…” (NIV).
The 100 men present were taught the benefits of leadership & conflict resolution and given a short overview of the Bible, complete with actions and sounds to remember the timeline of Scripture. Next, they learned how to lead themselves, by “drawing a circle around themselves and changing everything inside it.” Finally, they learned to lead their wives and children by choosing to humble themselves and turn to Christ.
In addition to all that they learned, the men taught us how Ugandans connect with God through songs of worship. It was basically a mini dance party. You simply had to be there.
We ended the day by gifting every conference attendee with a new Bible. All I can say is I don’t think I’ve celebrated the way they did for any gift that I’ve ever been given. It’s been such a blessing to encourage our Ugandan family and to learn from and be blessed by them. And we are just getting started.
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