Shrikes of joy echoed through the banana and mango trees and reverberated over the stalks of maize as the little old lady rushed out to greet us. Yes, she had something to rejoice about in that a whole team of muzungus (foreigners) had showed up to help finish building her house. Since her old home had deteriorated to a point beyond repair, the local church had undertaken the project of constructing a new home her and the five grandchildren that live with her. And Delron’s team of fourteen students from Charis Bible College had the privilege of laying the final bricks and putting on the roof to compete the project. We are certain that this precious little lady had no idea of the sacrifice the team had made by flying for a day and a half to reach her nation of Uganda and then crawling out of bed at 4 o’clock the next morning in order to make the three-hour bus ride from Kampala to her little village in the distant “bush” area of the country. All she knew was that the loving God that she serves had supernaturally provided the materials for her new home and had just as miraculously provided the necessary workers – even if He had to bring them from America – to make her dreams come true. After completing her home and praying over it, the team moved on to its next assignment – building another home for another widow in the neighboring village. Again, her uncontainable shouts of joy brought together almost the entire village to celebrate the completion and dedication of her new little home. [Read more…]
In Uganda, Delron asked to be able to go into the remote part of the country to see what God is doing at the grassroots level rather than staying in the capital city like they had done in Zambia–and did they ever get a grassroots experience! They headquartered in Jinja, the second largest city of the country, rather than in the capital of Kampala. Jinja is located at the source of the Nile where the river flows out of the northern end of Lake Victoria. From there, Delron and Peggy traveled into even more interior areas where Peggy ministered in two two-day women’s conferences while Delron held two two-day pastors’ conferences. To define what is meant by “remote,” they were in areas where the people still live in mud huts with thatched roofs. The only significant building in the most remote village where Delron ministered was the church–a simple but spacious block building.
Even though the area was very remote, the pastors and leaders from over a hundred churches found their way to the church to be part of the meetings. The meals were cooked on the ground in big kettles on outdoor fire pits. On the way back to Jinja after the meetings, a problem with the battery in the car occurred. All that was needed was a jump, but the problem was that it was impossible to get even that simple help because there were no other cars nearby. After some considerable searching, someone finally found one of the villagers who had a battery in his hut that he was using as an electrical source since there was no electricity in the village. Great–now there was a battery available, but it would do no good without jumper cables. Delron suggested “jury rigging” some makeshift jumper cables from a piece of the electrical cord to the sound system and generator which had been used in the meetings. This seemed like a simple matter of cutting and stripping the wire; and it would have been–if only there were a few simple tools available. After a futile search through the village for a knife, someone offered a hacksaw. It is still a mystery as to how the people perform the simplest of daily tasks such as preparing meals without a knife. Once the wire was ready, the next step was to strip the insulation off the wire so that it could be connected to the battery posts. In spite of all Delron’s adamant insisting that it not be done that way, the cables were stripped between the repairman’s teeth! Well, now you see how remote “remote” can be. But even in such distant areas, the kingdom of God is moving forward with great momentum. Peggy’s meetings powerfully impacted the women in the area by setting them free to minister and release the gifts that God had placed inside them. Some of the ladies walked for as much as four hours to be present for the conferences.
Back in Jinja, both Delron and Peggy ministered on Sunday morning and then at a couple’s dinner that evening. They were really impressed by the spiritual hunger demonstrated in the pastors’ meetings and the ladies’ conferences as the delegates sat for hours drinking in our teachings. Even when we offered them a break, the people insisted that they keep ministering! The theme of the conferences and the topic of most of the ministry was based on Delron’s book, People Who Make A Difference. Even though he had brought a large shipment of books–even paying overweight charges to bring them on the plane–the supply was not sufficient to meet the need due to the overwhelming response from the local pastors. Extra copies of the book had to be run off at the last minute at a local print shop, and everyone was thrilled to receive a free copy of the book to go along with the verbal teaching in the class. Both Delron and Peggy received innumerable comments as to the clarity of the presentation while the material was profoundly insightful and relevant. One young man even composed a song based on the focus points in the book. It would be impossible to even guess how many of the leaders expressed their gratitude for their coming. Almost everyone added that the teachings were exactly what they needed to hear at exactly this time!