Leland is our "akathikot" (old man) friend from waaaay back when :) He visited us in Nepal and trekked through the mountains with us to play his harmonica in the villages. Once again, he came to share his skills (and he has 'em!) on the harmonica with us and our friends in Uganda.
Kenneth, being the good friend that he is, decided to take him prayer walking in the village before sunrise. Kenneth, Cody and some local believers have prayer walked this village before and come back very sick, all four of them, with severe malaria. The feeling of darkness is everywhere. This particular village is very animistic. Their village is built around a huge rock with a cave inside where they believe a huge snake dwells. The snake's "cows" also live on the rock. In fact, they overrun the rock and the village. From what we can tell, they seem to be marmots, or some kind of rock badger.
When they arrived they immediately looked for a village elder and informed him that they would like to pray for his village. He agreed and joined them on top of the rock overlooking his village. After a few minutes more men began to show up until they were surrounded by about 30 warriors. Zachariah, our gardener, who has recently shown a huge gifting in evangelism, began to share the gospel with them. Using one of Zion's little plastic dinosaurs, he began to describe how we were created.
"Once we were only a picture of a real thing, just like this dinosaur. Then God breathed the breath of life into us." He cupped the little dinosaur in his hands and breathed on it as if to show how it could be filled with breath and come to life.
"God is holy and perfect. He created us to be holy like him. He wants us to follow His example and live our lives for Him, the God who gave us life. He will be faithful to love and guide us, and when our lives end, His breath will draw us back to Himself."
Holding the little dinosaur up, he instructed them to think about what he had shared so they can talk more the next time they come.
Imagine...30 warriors just heard the gospel, in a nutshell, for the first time. 30 warriors just learned how they were created for the first time. 30 warriors just heard God's plan for them and their families for the first time.
Most warriors don't see "religion" as a manly thing. They have never heard anything about Jesus or His sacrifice. But we can see a change coming...the fields are white for the harvest. God is calling the warriors of Karamoja to Himself, and we believe that someday soon He will breath real life into their spirits and they will drink of the water that will quench their souls forever.
"Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will
never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
Please pray with us for this village as we prepare to go back and share more with them. Pray that hearts will be open to the truth, and that God's spirit will move in mighty ways among these warriors. Pray that they will one day become prayer warriors for their own people.