Our CC Philly/ CC Entebbe Missions Team – taken after a long week on the Islands!
Enjoying some local food. “Rolex’s” are basically a scrambled egg rolled inside of “Chipati’s” which is like a flour tortilla.
Dr. Shushman getting close to the local wildlife on the island of Zinga.
Malcolm and Mike sharing the gospel with the older kids on Meyende Island.
Dr. Reeju at work.
Early morning wake up call. 5:45 a.m. !
Kids and cows.
Julianne and some of the children on Kimi island.
So, I guess to start where I left off from the last post, the warfare satan used to try to keep us from going to Zinga island on that Wednesday was not successful, and the Lord blessed abundantly as we hosted the medical clinic there for two days. In addition to treating many,many people who desperately needed medical attention, we also got to host a kids club for younger and older kids on both days, as well as share the Jesus movie in Lugandan for the village on that Thursday night (the generator we brought finally worked)! I would say that around 50 people came to a profession of faith in Christ over those two days, and that is not including the kids. CC Entebbe is working with the local church and school on Zinga, and I would ask that you would join us in praying that those who gave their lives to Christ would take the next step and get connected to the church. Please also pray that they would grow in His Word, by His Spirit daily.
I cannot overemphasize how much we appreciate your prayers for this trip. They were much needed, and many times while we were on those islands, we would be encouraged at the fact that so many were indeed praying for us back in the U.S. I would say that the theme of “His sufficiency in our weakness” was very prevalent on this trip, as well as “standing back and watching the Lord work in His mighty power”. I’m sure most of the team is still trying to process all that they have seen on this trip, as well as all that the Lord did in their hearts. We are thankful for the partnership that we have with CC Entebbe, and are looking forward to what the Lord has for our two churches together in the next few years. Stay tuned for some guest posts from some of the team members of this trip!
As I sit here on our flight back to the USA I’m trying to keep steady as we are bumping all around above Greenland. (Actually it’s getting to be a little much for me personally)! It seems to be a fitting analogy though of our last 10 days in Uganda. We definitely had some bumps along the way, and a few very serious ones as well, but the Lord once again proved to us how steady He is in a storm, and how faithful He is to us even when we were lacking faith. As a team we had been going through the book of Colossians together during our trip and before our 1 week trip to the islands we were discussing how Paul takes quite a few verses (especially in Ch 1) to write about God’s power particularly found in His Son Jesus. We all were amazed as we discussed 1:16-17
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
At that time, little did we know that we were going to receive a first hand lesson on how powerful He really is.
Our team of 14 joined up with Calvary Chapel Entebbe Island Mission which is the churches medical ministry to the many islands that surround Entebbe on Lake Victoria. They also had about 30 people including Doctors, Dentists, Surgeons, HIV testing, translators, cooks (remember there are no kitchens on the islands let alone electricity, bathrooms, running water, and
any others first or second world comforts) as well as some interns who would sterilize instruments and also some that would help out with Children’s Ministry. So we totaled 42 with ALOT of stuff. Hospital beds, a surgical bed, dentist equipment, bags and bags of meds, children’s supplies, food, big pots to cook over a fire with, wood, tents, our clothes, you name it, we probably had it! It was like a traveling circus when our 2 boats came to the islands filled to the brim with people and supplies.
We landed on the first island Myende on Sunday late in the afternoon and immediately began to set up camp. I don’t think it was even an hour after we got there when our first patient came to us. She was 8 months pregnant and was in full labor. With the help of our CC Philly nurses, a healthy baby girl was delivered in less than 2 hours. Her hospital was a church with a mud floor and drift wood walls, with a thatch roof – the one we were currently eating dinner at……in the dark!
The next day on Myende when we were to start our full day medical clinic we got out first look of what satan was going to use to try to discourage us and keep us from traveling to the other islands that week…..RAIN (and lot’s of it)! Besides soaking us and a lot of our things as we set up the clinic in the rain, it also kept people from coming out to receive help until it stopped around 11:30 am. The Lord is sovereign over all and despite the slow start we got to treat many people, share Christ with many people, and run a full kids club broke up into two age groups where the gospel was given. Both young and old came to receive Christ as their Lord that day!
Tuesday we loaded up both boats and travelled about 30 minutes to Kimi Island where we had camped at last year for a couple days. Thankfully this year we had the pleasure of serving there for only the day. Unloading (and loading) our gear from the boats takes about an hour with all hands doing their part, this proved to be one of the more tiring tasks each of our days on the islands.
Kimi was also great and despite a little rain to try to keep people away, The Lord blessed and many adults received Christ through the preaching of the Gospel.
On Wednesday morning we woke up, packed up our tents and camp, had breakfast, loaded up 2 boats with people and our gear and headed out on what should have been a 3 hour boat ride to Zinga island where we were going to set up our base camp for the rest of the week. Well, the enemy did not want us to get there apparently! A huge storm rose up as we were traveling and one of the boats (filled with most of the 40 people) got lost and ended up very far away from their destination. The waves had pushed it off course and what should have been a 3 hour journey ended up being 8 hours of soaking rain, big waves, and a very terrifying experience. As for the second boat- the boat myself and 4 others were in (which basically had all the gear) we ended up with a motor that broke half way through the trip, lost like the other boat, and the waves nearly tearing our boat in two. If it wasn’t for the Lord’s providence and power we would have sank. To make a really long story short, after the boat that had all the people in it eventually got to Zinga, they turned right around to look for our sinking boat. They found us and were able to rescue us and follow the sinking boat to the island to be repaired. The verses we were reading a couple of days earlier about God’s power became very real to us that day. Needless to say, on Wednesday night we had a great worship service thanking and praising Him for His protection that day.
We spend both Thursday and Friday ministering on Zinga island. The Lord did a great work those two days and we all knew why the enemy did not want us to get there safely on Wednesday.
I’ll write about those two days and some things the Lord showed me through these experiences in my next post.
Thank you all so much for praying for us. We truly felt them, and even in the midst of some very scary circumstances the Lord was ministering and comforting our hearts with the promise that He who is in us is greater than he who is in this world!
More to come in the next couple of days.
The whole Uganda team will be travelling to Zinga island and setting up camp for the next 3 days. They will be also travelling to surrounding islands to set up medical clinics and minister to the people there.
The island that they just left was such a success! People accepted the Lord, had their medical needs met and children’s ministry has been going very well.
The team is healthy and everyone doing well. No one is sick.
Prayer requests are:
- That it would stop raining. It rains in 3 hour downpours and put a hold on everything.
- Strength for the team and their continue health.
- Salvation for the people that they are now ministering to on the Zinga and surrounding islands.
- They are also experiencing problems with the boats and motors. So please keep their transportation in your prayers!
Here are some pictures of the kids club we helped with on Saturday afternoon. One of them is of Jonathan who is the worship leader for the Kids Club. Please continue to pray for us as we leave for the islands after church tomorrow afternoon. We are all excited for the adventure ahead of us, and we’re thankful for the opportunity to serve our Lord in this way. Everyone is doing well, thanks so much for lifting up our hands up through prayer – we feel it and ask that you keep it coming!
This post is from Friday.
1st Day in Uganda!
Hi guys, I have wireless for the moment so I wanted to write and let you know that we are all doing well here. We had 2 uneventful flights, all our bags arrived, and we got to bed around 1:30 am on Thursday night. Today we spent the day at CC Entebbe where we mixed some concrete for a school room floor, moved some shelves around, wired a room, and painted a school room. School starts next Monday here at the church, so there was lots of work to do! After that we had meetings with the Ugandan Medical team from CC Entebbe, and had a meeting with their children’s department to talk about the children’s vbs on the islands. It went great, and its such a joy to be able to work alongside such great people here at CC Entebbe. They are all such a joy to be around. So it was a full day here and still with our jet lag we are wiped out now. We will all sleep well tonight! Tomorrow we will help feed 300-400 kids at the Kids Club at church, then get ready for our week on the islands. Thanks for praying for us, keep it coming!
Hi everyone, so we’re all back in the States and now we’re just processing everything that we saw over the last 2 weeks, and everything that the Lord accomplished during our time there. I was watching this clip of last Sunday’s worship service at CC Entebbe on my phone, and I wanted to post it so you guys could get a little glimpse of how they worship there in CC Entebbe, Uganda. Much more to come on the trip so definitely be checking back soon.
Hi everyone, I just wanted to briefly write that our team is now back in Entebbe. After a long days work, we packed up our boat for the last time, and traveled 2 hours back to Entebbe. It poured on Thursday evening (canceling our group campfire that was planned) but cooling the temperatures down and getting rid of some of the bugs! As far as today went, we saw around 150 people with a shortened day because we had to leave around 3:00 to get back to Entebbe. All told we saw over 1,000 people throughout the week! We all had our hot showers tonight (never felt so good) and went out to eat for a hot meal. Now we’re settling down to actually sleep in a bed!
We were talking tonight and here is a short list of things we missed on the islands that we enjoyed tonight in Entebbe. 1. An actual toilet 2. A seat to sit on that has a cushion and a back – (aka not a wooden bench) 3. electricity 4. bottled water 5. Anything cold 6. 100 bugs not constantly crawling on you 7. A shower 8. A bed 9. A roof over our heads 10. Not having to look down when you’re walking (to avoid human/animal waste) !
Thanks so much for your prayers. The Lord did some amazing things in us this week, and by His grace, He was able to use us to shine His love on a people with no hope. I’ll be updating soon with testimonies from our team and some more specifics of what the Lord did this week.
This video is of us loading our boat this afternoon after our last clinic.
We are now on Zinga Island and this will be our home until Friday afternoon. Zinga island is a bit bigger and greener than the previous island, but the poverty remains. Packing up camp to move islands has proven to be more taxing than we thought! While the team was ministering to the people, Pastor Craig and I (Carlos) broke down camp and began to move everything to the big wooden boat that would carry us to the next island, only, we couldn’t find the boat! After finding the boat on the other side of the island (about an hour’s hike) and finding it with no key and having to get in and push it around the island back to camp with a pole, we made it! It has been a week of adventures, but the Lord is good and is doing so much work among the people here.
At yesterday’s medical clinic and today’s, we saw about 230 people each day. The Jesus film was shown and between that and ministering to the people waiting to be seen by the team, many people have gotten saved! The dental team continues to be very busy, pulling many teeth. Dr. Bado performed his first minor surgery, removing a cyst from a man’s neck. God has been so faithful in providing all of the teams needs as they minister. Everyone had a chance to go out into the village which is about 5 miles away and invite more people to tomorrow’s clinic. We pray we will see more people helped and more people saved.
Our plan is to stay on Zinga island and after tomorrow’s clinic, we will stay another night. On Friday we will pack up camp and head to our last island for one more clinic before we head back to Entebbe. Saturday is our team’s day to rest and reflect on all God has done. We are really looking forward to showers and mattresses!
Thank you for your prayers! The Lord held back the rain the last two days! More prayer requests include:
// For no rain so we can not only minister effectively but that the people can get to the clinic
// The team’s health. I (Carlos) am sick with a cold so pray I can teach and do worship and that my voice doesn’t give out.
// Continued unity for the team
// Open hearts of the villagers that they will come to know Jesus as their Savior
// Safety in our travels