I have the privilege of preaching on Sundays and throughout the week. On this Sunday afternoon I have been reminded afresh that this is the greatest privilege I have as a missionary. I pray and I ask for your prayers that I would never dismiss or take lightly this grand privilege.
James Steward has rightly said that the aim of preaching is “to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to feed the mind with the truth of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, to devote the will to the purpose of God” (Quoted in John Piper’s The Supremacy of God in Preaching page 19). The Apostle Paul states in 1 Corinthians 2:1-9 the kind of preaching God blesses:
“And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimonyof God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him” …”
I ask not only for prayers for myself but also for all preachers here in Northwestern Uganda, Southwestern South Sudan, and Northeastern D.R. Congo. The preachers I know in this land love Jesus dearly and seek to proclaim His Word. The Lord has established R.A.U. to come alongside such men, to encourage them in sound doctrine and passionate preaching. On October 22-25 we will host our first group of pastors in what I hope will be the first retreat of many. I pray that the Lord would set a blaze, in this part of Africa, Christ exalting preaching in the church, streets, gardens, and among every unchurched village and people group.
My discipleship times with Godfrey, Leonard, and Alfred have also been encouraging. They are the kind of young men who thrill my heart! Without prodding or poking they are pursuing King Jesus and studying His Word with an urgency which only comes from the Holy Spirit. These men and others are ones the Lord will send our way from local churches to help equip as church planters. As I have posted before, our eyes are currently set upon Yumbe, Obongi, and the Mubuti Pygmy Tribe. The Mubuti are across the border in Northeaster D.R. of Congo and Yumbe and Obongi are only a couple hours away. Please continue in your prayers for these endeavors.
We are closing in on the final phases of getting RAU ready to do the things which the Lord has laid before us. We are still needing about $5,000 to get our facilities to a place where we can host and disciple those God sends our way. Pray and believe God with us for these funds. Help if you can…thank you!