It’s like herding CATs

12 Sep

The team we will be joining in Uganda has a strong support base here in Oregon.  There have been 4 churches which have taken an active role by participating in the ministry to the Karamojong – Good Shepherd, Sunset Presbyterian, Rolling Hills, and NW Hills (in Corvallis).  Once a month, representatives from the churches meet together for updates from the field and to discuss funding, projects, and short-term trips.

I have been observing these meetings since they started about 2 years ago.  The most fascinating part of it all to me is to have watched 4 major independent churches begin to streamline their efforts, working together to meet funding needs, and staffing projects and short-term trips with commingled members from each of the churches.  They have learned to eliminate the inefficiency of acting independently of each other while working towards a common goal, community development leading to the evangelization of the Karamojong people.

Thus, the CLIDE Advocacy Team (CAT) was born into this world; what was once a frail neonatal kitten has now grown into a full-fledged feline which, like any self-respecting cat, is ready to take on the world.

Tonight is our monthly CAT meeting.  Rachel and I are excited that he dad, Steve, is joining us tonight as the first representative of our church, Stone Creek.  Topics for this evening will include preparation for Dr. Val’s home assignment coming up at the end of this month.


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