| Jul 23, 2012
This entry was written by Jim and sent to me this morning for posting.
It is 6:30 on Sunday morning. We are preparing to travel this morning to participate in a day-long prayer service. The MTI community has already begun singing, praying and worshipping as I write, and they will fast and pray throughout the day. At the end of our day of travel, we will join them for the final couple of hours.
It has been more than 8 years since I was in Africa, and I have to say I was apprehensive about the journey and the impact of need that I expect to see. But Africa has a powerful effect, and the people and the worship are some of the things that find their way into your heart. I have found that familiar passion and joy in the staff that we have met on our first full day. I look forward to renewing that love for God in the worship this evening.
As a Pastor, I spend my life inviting people into the joy of worship. I know there is love for God and joy in my faith community on Sunday morning, but the commitment to spend 12 hours fasting and praying for the sake of worship is a discipline that has been lost in America. Our worship is governed by the busyness of even our Sabbath schedules. I am blessed to standing with the community of saints in Beaverton, but the privilege of standing here [in Uganda] in a day-long event governed only by the desire to celebrate God’s goodness and his blessings to us, is a power I am looking forward to sharing.