This latest trip to Uganda provided us a great opportunity to see 2 Corinthians 4:7 lived out beautifully, as the Gospel flowed forth through many different types of ‘jars’ – whether by dentistry, medical care, knitting or teaching. The gifts of the church and parts of the Body of Christ, all working together, to show it is through various conduits that the Gospel is carried, and yet the message is the same. In caring for the least of these, we met physical needs, wove fabric together to make scarfs and taught the practical outworking of this Gospel message. It was neat to see the multi-faceted ministry of Restoration Gateway served through various ministry aspects, as the Gospel was sown among the children, those who serve them day in and day out, as well as the surrounding community of Karuma.
I had the privilege of teaching in the primary and secondary school there on Restoration Gateway’s campus, ‘Oaks of Righteousness’. It was an invigorating opportunity for me to teach the Biblical Basis for Missions, why we are involved in missions, and how we live out this idea of missions. These kids have been learning the ‘Family Story’, as taught by Clark Lasse, our partner. The Family Story has been taking these kids on a journey through the overview of Scripture from Creation to Christ. I was able to help build on this foundation, and teach them the implications of how to live out this story, in their everyday life.
As I reviewed this beautiful plan of redemption with them, and the call we are given to proclaim it to those who have yet to hear, I was encouraged by their retention of the Word, their resolve to understand it’s importance, and responsibility to live out the Great Commission given to them. As I took a break between teaching sessions, standing out in the courtyard of the school, I thought about the impact that this could have on this community of orphans and widows, the city of Karuma, the country of Uganda, and the world! We don’t travel across the globe to just reach the nations, but to teach them to observe all that Christ has commanded us. How many of these kids will leave ‘RG’ and find various jobs in commerce, government, education, orphan care, or even serving as church planters throughout their country and the world.
Once an orphan, now one sent on mission; once an outcast, now an oak of righteousness that has been planted to bear fruit:
“I wil greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all nations.” – Isaiah 61:10-11.
While hanging out with the kids one afternoon, I found myself under a tree, probably not an oak tree, but a mango tree with two of the kids I had just taught in class. Ambrose, one of the boys’ names, said ‘I really enjoyed your teaching’. That simple response of gratitude will be cherished, as I prayerfully continue to faithfully pour into the next generation, helping them to dig roots deep into the Gospel, that will sprout of into faithful, fruit bearing disciples.
Written by Ryan Martin