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.

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

  1. mwilburn522 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 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 at 2:26 pm #

    Wonderful, encouraging news….please keep us posted!

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