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So Much Gratitude

Written by John Carreker

This is my first discipleship trip to Africa. My wife and I have been to Africa numerous times on business or pleasure, but never on this type of mission. We were blessed in many ways the first day

of the ALARM conference here in Uganda. The sights, sounds, smells, and overall experience are vivid, like seeing HDTV for the first time. As the attendees poured in from 7 different districts – perhaps a number of them journeying by foot –  I could sense a level of gratitude I’ve not seen or felt in a while.

At the introduction of the conference, attendees were all given Bibles and notepads, and we had an opportunity to shake their hands and exchange names. While a number of them can understand English, most of them are not able to enunciate well, so it comes out slightly broken for most of them. In looking into some of their eyes, I was a little overcome with emotion as you could see such an intense love and gratitude – it was like looking into the eyes of Jesus at times.

Kyle Thompson started off the teaching and did an amazing job setting the tone with authenticity, humility, and a clear focus that everything we taught would be Biblically-based. We started late and were quite behind our intended agenda, but God was moving to impact souls with discussions of the gospel story, forgiveness, and dealing with an injured heart. Oscar lead in worship a few times and closed the day with gospel again.

The room was vibrant with God’s Spirit, and we knew He was among us and impacting the attendees (and us) at many levels… On to the next day, starting with Leadership and then Reconciliation!

 

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