We are glad the breakout of COVID 19 brought new worldview that requires new mission strategies. Yesterday, I convened an Archdeaconry Council, the policymaking body of the Archdeaconry, to look into what the Lord may be leading us to accomplish for and with Him. I reminded members that since the Church being salt and light, our job is transform Christians from church members to disciples. In my 14 years of being an archdeacon, I have found that good theology does not make good pastors. My vision in Hoima is to build a people of the Kingdom: a growing community of disciples rather than simply church members. This is in line with our Diocesan Vision that says, “Mature, Stable and grounded Christian Lives whose worship bring glory to God; ready to serve".
Just as everything changed with the Lord’s birth, the ministry of the Gateway Center changed with our shift to a rapid response team and because of the global travel restrictions. Churches, especially those in Uganda and the UK, were in lockdown during the pandemic and ministry opportunities were limited. Our old ways of doing conferences and teaching did not work. The Lord brought streams to our desert by using this time in refitting, strengthening, and equipping your Gateway team to take the Gospel to the nations in a fresh way.
After the Kentucky revivals, we wondered with what God was going to task Gateway. Through August we sought the Lord and prayed. We wondered if we should go to Charlotte, NC moving with the Saturate Global team. We put out a fleece and it was apparent that we were to stay put. As Ken’s sister needed more help, we put much in that regards (see story on back).
In September Gateway’s call to be a “rapid response team” began to take shape. We got texts from groups in Lebanon, OH to come and speak about the revival in Kentucky and what they could do to usher it in.
We partnered with Saturate Global ministry team during the Cane Ridge Camp Meetings. We actually camped in a tent for five days to be available for whatever the Lord would have us do.
People arrived from as far away as Washington state and California. Families with children, couples, individuals came with tents and RVs. Everyone had one thing in common; a hunger for the presence of the Lord. The Lord did not disappoint!
You sent funds and God said, “Now.” So we wired them to Rev. Eric in Uganda.
Here is his thank you to you all:
As I write this email, I go on my knees to thank you so much and those who send gifts to us through you for what you sent last month.
You are really used by God. I thank everyone who contributed.
How are you doing in this season of change and challenge?
The process of change has been very real in these last months for all of us. Covid-19 restrictions on our lives and a seemingly all out war on God’s covenant purposes for our culture and nation have caused fear and even great discouragement in some areas of the Body of Christ. At the same time the Lord has been pouring out His Spirit and preparing His church for a massive world-wide awakening.
“And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armor, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.” 1 Sam 14-KJV
Whenever I feel like something is too big for me, the Lord brings to mind that I am merely the glove on his hand and that often will use small things to bring great glory to his name. Niger is one of those God adventures that will be forever burned into my mind.
Often in scripture, when the Lord moves in a fresh way it requires working differently. One of the first things He asked us to do was begin reaching out to the neighborhood by opening up a time and ministry on our porch.
The Lord also began to redirect the ministry. We were to change from being a traditional mission agency to becoming more of a rapid response team. That meant we had to release our missionaries so both we and they would be more effective in the coming move of God.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may serve me.” Ex 8:9-KJV
There are three basic things Satan uses to steal, kill, or destroy the work of the Lord in and through people: infirmity, poverty, and religion.
He uses fear as a weapon to capture people and accomplish the “big three.” We have certainly seen that with the world-wide pandemic. All over the world churches, schools and businesses have been closed down or restricted. Governments have shut down travel and kept people in their homes. In many places, we have seen these “protective measures” being used to for political purposes to maintain power, control groups, and manipulate economic structures. Satan orchestrates these things to especially target Christian churches and the work of the Gospel.
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.” Isa 43:19-KJV
June 6th is the anniversary of the D Day invasion of Europe in WWII. It was an event that changed the course of the war. Armies of allied nations had to wait until the time was right to launch the campaign. When the word came, they were ready. Armies with different cultures and languages came together to fight a common foe. The task was beyond what they could imagine. Each army had a role to play with specific assignments from the commander. Old ways of fighting had to change to meet the challenge of the future. The world had to stop and reset for war.