Our Ugandan Adventure: The Power of One

(This is my first post in a series of reflections on my recent trip to Kampala, Uganda…)

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. (Psalm 133, TNIV)

These words are among my favorite in all Scripture and during my recent trip to Kampala, Uganda I was blessed to experience them in many powerful ways.

The catalyst for my trip was an invitation from Richmond Wandera of the Pastors Discipleship Network to serve as a member of the teaching team for their Rooted in the Word Conference, a gathering of over 500 church leaders and pastors from seven different east African nations.  This was a tremendous honor and gift to me personally as I love to teach and am strengthened by equipping and empowering people who are committed to personal growth and ministry development.

From the initial moments of gathering together for the first time in the international terminal of Dulles Airport in Washington DC, it was clear that the Spirit of God was gifting us with an uncommon grace, a true experience of oneness and unity. And I stress that this was an uncommon experience of grace because the diversity of this team was so great, something I have rarely, if ever experienced in the Body of Christ.

  • Men and women
  • Baptists, presbyterians, and non-denominational types
  • Seminary professors and pastors
  • A college intern
  • Para-church leaders
  • US citizens
  • a Congolese leader living in the UK
  • a South African church leader
  • Ugandan sisters and brothers

Wow, the diversity of this team blew me away.  And time and time again the words of Psalm 133 came to mind: “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together in unity…for there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.” Everyone on the team had a “whatever it takes attitude” and the kind of attitude that the Apostle Paul speaks of in Philippians 2: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:3-4). And I believe that God used the unity and oneness of this team to speak powerfully into the loves of the pastors and church leaders that gathered for the conference.

On Thursday evening I had an unplanned and unexpected opportunity to be a part of a live radio broadcast, “The Pastor’s Voice.”  Along with Pastor Luke and Pastor Moses, I entered the studios of Family Radio in Kampala to talk about the topic for the evening, “The Spiritual Unity of the Church.” Early in the broadcast I raised this question:

How many churches are there in Kamapala?

One!

“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:3-6)

I’ve been known to say on many occasions, “God’s favorite number is ONE” and my experience on this trip reminded me of this powerful reality!

How about you: where and how are you experiencing the power of one? And what can you do to maintain the unity that God has already created for God’s People?

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Comments

  1. Terry, I agree – an uncommon grace! There was such a wonderful dynamic on the team. The diversity was valued when groups from several countries and regions were invited to the platform to share worship from their communities. We were all sharpened and strengthened by the diversity and the unity.

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