WMM Uganda Trip: Recruiting the Next Generation | Kevin Scott Banks

WMM Uganda Trip: Recruiting the Next Generation

I’m finding that sleep is a relative idea here in Uganda. It seems like the entire town, goats and dogs included, comes together to form a constant stream of noise. Perhaps the most perplexing is the local mosque that chooses to broadcast it’s morning prayer over a LOUDSPEAKER every morning at 5am. It’s woken me up every morning so far.

Instead of worrying about it, I decided to make the best use of the early morning hours today. I grabbed my camera and my Bible, and walked towards the hotel gardens. Several fabulous photo ops awaited me.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0001_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0002_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0003_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0004_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0005_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0006_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0007_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0008_160919

I managed to find a few of the culprits of the early morning wakeup calls…

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0009_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0015_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0010_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0011_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0012_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0013_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0014_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0016_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0017_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0018_160919 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0019_160919

I sneaked in a mini-workout, which has been hard to come by so far. My hunger then took over and led me to the hotel cafe.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0020_160919

I have so enjoyed the conversations I’ve had with the enchanting staff here. This morning, one of the managers Joan was around, so I invited her to join me for breakfast. She shared her story, about being a single mother and working a full time job so she can pay for her two children’s boarding school tuition.

Since I admittedly didn’t spend much time learning about Uganda before this trip, I had several questions for Joan about the culture here. I prefer to learn from the locals anyway.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0021_160920

After breakfast, I wandered out into the lobby area, and discovered a friendly competition happening.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0022_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0023_160920 Apparently I wasn’t the only one needing to burn calories this morning. Kurt and Brian were racing each other up the hill and grinding out pushups. Elijah showed up for more guitar lessons as they were finishing, so he joined in the sprints too. You can see from the podium below who emerged victorious.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0024_160920

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0025_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0026_160920

Elijah has such a hunger for knowledge. I sat and marveled for an hour while Kurt instructed him and he played and sang his heart out.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0028_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0027_160920

Later on, it was time to head out on our primary mission of the day. We were invited to visit Makerere University, a local college, to share about the worship conference. A few of the EA Gospel Academy students joined us as well, including Badru (in the yellow patterned shirt). He’s a spirited young man with plenty of ambition. His goal is to be the university student president next year.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0029_160920

The university was actually close enough for us to walk, so we were spared from the crazy taxi vans this time.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0047_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0030_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0046_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0033_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0032_160920

As we approached the hall where we would be presenting, we heard a familiar sound. Yet again, there was a room full of Ugandan believers singing aloud in worship music. And again, we walked right in and joined them.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0035_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0034_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0036_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0037_160920

Bardu introduced Kurt and the guy, and they each shared briefly about the conference. We passed tickets for the conference (admission is free, but it helps to have a leave-behind), and the students were very excited.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0038_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0039_160920

Finally, a young man from the student body gave a bold and challenging sermon to his peers. I think everyone in the room was encouraged.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0040_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0041_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0042_160920

The university campus offered an interesting architectural style, which I was pleased to photograph.

Now for a special message. There are vultures as large as people in Uganda! Kurt’s been telling us about them, and we’ve seen them flying way up in the sky. But until today, we hadn’t really got a good look at them. Well, they were all over the school campus. They kind of freak me out. They basically sit atop high places looking for small children to eat…at least that’s my hypothesis.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0043_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0031_160920 wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0044_160920

We made a pit stop to meet Alfred, the current student president. In the short time he spoke to us, he made it a point to say, “Forget being president, forget everything else…me, I am a Born-Again!” This is the term they use to describe being a follower of Christ.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0045_160920

The rest of the day was set aside mostly for rest and final planning. I interviewed Elijah and another student, Micah. They sat and jammed on the guitars for several more hours in the afternoon. Unbelievable comittment.

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0048_160920

wmm_uganda_trip_day_5_0049_160920

See the sights and hear the sounds in today’s recap video:

It’s go-time now. The conference begins in the morning and we will be ready!

Comments are closed.