This past week I had the privilege of praying with one of the staff members which I am working alongside of through Go Now Missions. This staff member had shared with us during our evening devotions on Sunday that her mother was greatly sick, sick to the point of being unable to talk and she wanted for us to pray for her. We all prayed together for healing. After devotions were finished she pulled me aside because she was very worried and didn't know what she was going to do. I sat down with her and before we prayed I asked her if her Mother was a Christian. She said no. So I began to pray for healing and I prayed for her salvation. We proclaimed healing and continued to pray for her salvation. When I left, my friend was comforted and wasn't so distressed. The next morning she said she had talked to a neighbor who said that the one main problem was that her mother didn't have much food.
Matthew 25:37-40 says, “Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'" (ESV)
God calls us to give to those who are hungry and to not turn away from those in need and I couldn't leave a person to be hungry when God has blessed me abundantly and so I sent money with my friend's brother and he purchased food for her mother. My friend came back that evening thanking me over and over again for being a blessing but I reminded her that it wasn't me but it was the love of Christ. The next morning she said “I spoke with my mother and she is feeling better and she desires to meet with you. I spoke to her about her need for salvation and she wants you to come see her, share the Gospel with her and she wants you to lead in how to become a Christian. She wants to see the one who provided when hope was gone, the one who brought life to her."
So I traveled with her on Friday in the same week and was privileged to share the Gospel with her and to lead her to Christ. She accepted Christ and longs to learn more about Jesus. There is a need for churches in the villages and there is a need for Bibles. My friend said that there are not many churches other than the Catholic Church and Bibles are hard to come by. A Bible in the Luganda language costs around $14 dollars (US) and 35,000 shillings the currency used here. For many that alone is less than a week's worth of food. The people who are blessed with having jobs make around 100-200 shillings a month. I pray that more people would be faithful in following the great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Mary is a student from Angelo State University serving as a semester missionary with Go Now in Uganda