Over the last two days we've had some very honest dialogue reflecting on experiences living in community, and applying God's Word to those experiences. In Africa, indirect communication is nearly the only form of communication. So, learning to communicate what they feel and think about a present situation is no small challenge. [We don't urge direct communication because it's our preference, but because we believe it is biblical as it causes everyone to enter the light, let deeds be exposed, let truth be known, and in the end, resolve conflict. See Jesus' words in Matt. 6:22-23, 10:27, Mk. 4:22, Lk. 8:16-17, 11:22-26, 12:3., Eph. 5:8-14]
We've discussed so many things it's hard to write them all down. Talks have ranged from holiness and being spiritual people, to authority and respect, to community life and the basics of good communication. In everything, our community here is learning what it means to be a city on a hill. Gregg has been teaching Matthew 6, and we've been talking through the practical implementation of that verse for a community who lives together. They have received practical advice, like setting apart a time each week to talk together about issues they are having, in order to guard their unity.
Tonight, our leadership discussed which family's home will be built next on the land. We also discussed the different business ventures that we can start exploring here, in order to ensure that our people are on the path to sustaining their own income.
We also played soccer, which you have to do when you're in Africa. For us, sports have always been a gateway to building relationships with people in the surrounding area, and even gaining their respect. For that reason--we have to win. Good thing we did. We won 2-0. The team we played needed a lesson on respecting their elders. After one particularly hard tackle, we had a good talk with the other team about it, which ended in them inviting us to play again tomorrow.
Pray for us as we finish up our time in Uganda. Though we will leave, the work is far from over. We are charging them with the same vocational calling we have received from the Lord:
"You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under a bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)