Goats, the Gospel, and Gorillas

26 Jan

A couple of weeks ago (yes, I am that slow in posting updates) we had a visiting team here.  We have worked with Mary (a vet) a number of times and on this trip she brought with her 2 vet students and also her son.  We spent a week with them going down to the far SW of the country.  We did a goat training and loan distribution in a very remote mountain community of the Batwa.  It was a new community that I had not worked in before, so it was nice to see a new place.  The community built a raised goat house and we distributed 10 goats for them.  Once they reproduce, they will give 10 young goats to a new community to share their blessing with others.

Sometimes for these long trips, Rachel and Nathan stay home.  Since Nathan was on a school break, we all got to go together on this trip which was very fun!

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We also took with us 2 guys that have gone through our School of Ministry.  Michael (red shirt) was in our first class in 2017 and Mike (white shirt) was a 2018 student.  They are both from that region of the country and Mike is praying about starting a Batwa ministry in that area.  It was fun to see our former students in action as they taught and translated our lessons.

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After our goat training, Michael and Mary invited the community to come and hear the story of Jesus as they used an ‘evangi-cube’ to show how Jesus’ death and resurrection offers a means of reconciliation between us and God.

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These Batwa communities border the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  We have been in that area at least 15 times in the last 6 years, but we have never gone to see the mountain gorillas.  This time we did it!

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It was a really great experience and now we would recommend it for anyone coming to visit Uganda.  It was so much fun to be able to just hike through the forest with a family of gorillas as they walked around us and climbed trees over our heads.

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3 Responses to “Goats, the Gospel, and Gorillas”

  1. mwilburn522 January 26, 2019 at 12:35 pm #

    Oh my goodness. This is so fabulous!! I knew Amy and I would have been totally fine if we’d encountered the mountain gorillas the day I convinced her to go tromping through the woods while everyone else was teaching a lesson. How beautiful about your students, one from this very community, bringing the Word. Your family is bringing life – the sustaining kind we need on earth, and the eternal kind we all long for in Heaven. Keep up His good work. We miss you all!

  2. Vicki Mills January 26, 2019 at 2:21 pm #

    Ditto what mwilburn said! great work for the Kingdom! LOVE the gorilla photos….is that a Silverback? were you scared?

    vicki mills

  3. Vicki Mills January 26, 2019 at 2:26 pm #

    Wonderful, encouraging news….please keep us posted!

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