On Tuesday after we finished up helping with the construction project, we also went out into the community and did door to door evangelism. It was unlike anything I had done before, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. We split into groups of 2-3 Americans and 1-2 Ugandans. While it was a bit awkward at times, mostly because of things being lost in translation, it was amazing to be part of this experience.
You have to realize that we weren’t actually going down a nice sidewalk and knocking on doors. Rather, we were walking down a red dirt road that was filled with bumps, holes, twists, and turns. We were surrounded by hills, small structures, and trees. In some areas the road was more of a questionable path, and in other areas it was wide enough for a car to travel down. We didn’t knock on people’s doors. Most people were outside either cleaning, caring for children, doing laundry, or some sort of manual labor. Once we started talking to people, a small ground usually gathered.
The children had mixed responses. Some shouted, “Mzungu! Mzungu!” and followed us down the road smiling shyly… after a while perhaps even having the courage to hold our hands while we shared the Gospel. Others were terrified at the sight of a white person and hid behind their mothers.
So we told people about Jesus.
We told them how God created us and loves us so very much, but we mess up all the time – we sin – and God can’t be around sin. Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” But God still loves us and wants a relationship with us, and wants to spend eternity in heaven with him. Romans 5:8 shares God’s solution, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He paid the price for our sins. All that we need to do is believe and accept Jesus’ gift of salvation.
The decision to follow Christ is an important one, and I’m so glad we were able to give people information about the new church in their area so that there is a place for them to go and learn more about God and His great love for us.
We were able to pray for a lot of people, including some women who were doing their laundry in buckets and setting the clothes out on plants to dry. These women know about Jesus and want to follow him, but their husbands are not Christians and they fear losing their families if they made a decision before their husbands. We also prayed for three men that were making red clay bricks. We talked to them for quite a while and learned that one was a witch doctor who worships the devil. He knew a lot about the Bible and was convinced that the devil is as powerful as Jesus. We answered a lot of his questions, but the whole experience reminded me of the importance of memorizing scripture. We might not come across that many witch doctors in day to day life, but Paul does encourage us in 2 Timothy to be prepared in season and out of season to share the reason for the hope that we have in Jesus Christ our Lord.
These people don’t have much. Some of the children barely had clothes to cover their bodies. But Jesus loves them all the same. I pray that they will come to know of His great love and that God’s power will be at work in Nabingo.
*thanks to Jessica for the pictures in today’s post!