The Mordecai Project Newsletter
Report from Uganda and Kenya, September 2009
I had an amazing time in Uganda and Kenya . It was a long journey of 17,810 total miles. I am so thankful to the Lord for His protection and care for me and my awesome team—Pam Anderson from Dallas, Chene Tucker from Tulsa and Jackson Ekwugum from Nigeria. I’m including below some of the highlights.
** Uganda was as spiritually intense as any place I have ever visited. The first night was a real test—we had a loud thunderstorm at 1 a.m., rowdy hotel guests, mosquitoes buzzing in my room all night, jet lag and an awful sense of foreboding. I knew there was major warfare going on but I found the grace to stand.
** We trusted the Lord the next day as our host, Pastor Moses Onyango, took us to the Kampala Police Training Center where the event was held. As we drove up to the venue we saw stacks of burned and smashed cars along the muddy road. These were destroyed during the riots that had just happened in the city the week before! Not exactly what we wanted to see as we began the event…but God was faithful! We had 500 women the first day, a few more the next day and more than 700 on the final day. They came from more than 30 churches in the city.
** Women in Uganda have suffered a lot. Many of them are in abusive marriages. Some of their husbands have the AIDS virus. Many were molested as girls. And so many were raised in polygamous homes. (When I asked for a show of hands of how many wives their fathers had, some said as many as eight!) Yet the Lord came in a strong way to bring healing and deliverance. Pam Anderson taught about the importance of mentoring. Chene Tucker taught about sexual purity. I taught about how God views His daughters and how Jesus heals abuse. It was three days of intense healing for so many women.
** Each day we fed lunch to the women. (I want to thank all those who invested financially in this trip because you made these meals possible.) On the first day, before the conference began, I read in the book of Mark about the feeding of the 5,000. This built my faith to believe that we would have enough money to cover all the meals. Praise the Lord…the money stretched and we fed every person during those three days. The women were very grateful. Many of them have serious financial struggles but they were so hungry for the Word of God and for leadership training.
** I was especially encouraged that several male pastors came to the Uganda meetings and were eager to learn how to empower the women in their churches. A young pastor named Robert Kaahwa especially blessed me when he told me that he feels called to carry this message to the women of Uganda. I prayed for him on the last day that he would carry the same mantle I do. He is now studying my book carefully. We are keeping in touch by e-mail and he is so eager to learn. I can make more impact through encouraging a disciple like Robert than I ever could by returning to Uganda— although I definitely want to go back.
** Robert told me later that he has already planned a women’s conference for December 2009 in the city of Hoima. He wrote in an email: “If all goes as planned we are looking at 500-1000 women from about fifty churches. The arrangement is for every church involved to bring its top 10 leading ladies. That gives us a total of 500 women, then the host church has more than 300 women in the church plus a few men who have a passion to minister to women. We are looking at a move that is going to change the entire western region of Uganda. There will be women from 10 different districts. I am so excited. Pray that we will find a way of bringing the ones from the rural villages to the town without difficulty.”
** Another highlight of our visit to Uganda was ministering with Medad Birungi, a charismatic Anglican leader who served as co-host of our conference. Medad pastors St. Kakumba Chapel, a church that has grown from 500 to 5,000 in seven years under his leadership. He is a strong advocate for women in ministry and he and his wife were thrilled to be a part of our meetings. I preached in all three services of Medad’s church on Sunday and we had powerful times of healing for women who had been abused.
** Medad wrote a week after our visit and gave a testimony about a girl named Helen who had been in our conference. Helen was delivered from the trauma of abuse, and she decided to meet with the young man who abused her. She declared forgiveness over him and reconciled with him in front of four people and the man began weeping uncontrollably. Said Medad: “When she testified in church, she started marching excitedly and said, ‘Women, I am marching away from sexual abuse and am going to take up my inheritance!’ Then the whole church started marching! It was glorious. Thank you for this great Uganda Women Arising conference. It was remarkable, incredible, inconceivable and indescribable! Revolutionary love has touched women. Thank you for liberating the women of Uganda.”
** Every day in Uganda was intense but we could feel the sustaining power of your prayers. Thank you. We all ministered in various churches on Sunday and Chene Tucker taught a class on emotional healing to a group of university students. Pam Anderson helped a local pastor purchase sewing machines for his ministry to help women start small businesses. And I spoke at a business fellowship one evening where 11 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit. We also laid hands on and commissioned hundreds of women on the final day of our conference. We felt God left a major deposit of His Word in both the men and women who attended.
** After a week we said goodbye to the Ugandan team and flew to Nairobi, Kenya. We were met by our host Gideon Thuranira, who had been working for months with a strong team of women who were sponsoring the Kenyan Lady Arising conference. It was held at the Nairobi Pentecostal Church, a prominent congregation, and we had attendees from all kinds of backgrounds including charismatic, Baptist, Anglican and Presbyterian.
** The conference was a rousing success—so much so that the team wants to bring us back to Kenya next fall. Gideon wrote and said that the women are very excited because two women’s conferences have already been planned in rural areas as a result of our visit. He wrote: “We marvel at God's faithfulness. The ladies here want to do at least two similar conferences as a ministry to their own rural women—before another grand gathering in Nairobi, in November 2010. What blesses me is the fact that your ministry here has produced that desire and action, to reach more local women with the message of freedom and release of the women! God is using your visit here mightily for His glory!”
** One day in Nairobi I addressed the issue of sexual and physical abuse very openly from the pulpit. This is normally not done and the women were very quiet. I felt as if I were hitting a wall but I realized it was demonic resistance. Some of these women have been sworn to secrecy by their own mothers—and they pledged never to tell anyone that they were abused by their fathers, uncles or cousins. Yet God is invading this territory and bringing healing. We praise the Lord for the way He touched so many women. Some were even willing to stand and admit they had these issues, and then they received prayer.
** In the Kenya meetings we also had afternoon workshops. It gave the women a safe place to interact with each other. They had their choice of 10 classes and we utilized some of the best women speakers in Nairobi including Judy Mbugua, who has been a pioneer for years in addressing the abuse of women in Africa. Judy gave me her book on this topic and I was able to spend some time with her. Chene and Pam did an awesome job teaching, ministering to the women, listening to their problems and praying for them one-on-one.
** One of the most amazing developments in Kenya involves a pastor named Peter Peacepound from Malawi. This pastor actually rode on a bus for FOUR DAYS to come to Nairobi to meet me. He came to ask if I would consider doing a women’s conference in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. He also brought the wife of his senior pastor. Peter and Fanny loved the conference and they want to do a similar event next year for their women. How could I refuse when this man sacrificed so much to come? I have told him I will seriously consider bringing a team to Malawi next year. The women in his nation suffer horrible abuse, including genital mutilation. I saw Peter’s visit as a “Macedonian call” to another nation.
** On Sunday I preached at Nairobi Lighthouse, a great church pastored by American missionary Don Matheny. Don and his wife have labored for many, many years in Kenya and now their church has more than 6,000 members. I spoke in two packed services and was able to challenge them to live a life of consecration.
** Just before we got on the plane to return home we went to Nairobi’s largest slum (some say it is the largest slum in the world) where we visited Lydia, a lady who has started a charitable pre-school for poor kids. Most of these kids do not know their dad, and they are so poor that they would not be in school if it were not for Lydia’s sacrifice. Please pray for her as she gives her life to help the helpless. I believe that as a result or our conference, many more Lydia’s were inspired to rise up and transform Kenya!
Posted by Lee Grady on October 13, 2009 08:54 AM