Hillsong is a very popular worship band. Even here in Uganda there are some that know of Hillsong and their worship music. A lyric from a recently released song has been on my mind this week;Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders Let me walk upon the waters Wherever You would call me Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander And my faith will be made stronger In the presence of my Savior
In America this song rolls of our tongues as another great melody of worship. I sang it from my heart in a genuine attitude of worship and exultation at the Hillsong concert just a few weeks ago in Tampa. But being here in Jinja, Uganda gives this lyric a much heavier perspective. My time here has made it much more difficult to actually sing…
We have been on the grind since landing here in Jinja; meeting Pastors, teaching, meeting with ministry partners and learning this culture. There are not enough words to describe what this place is like and what God is doing here.
Today I went to a slum called Masese just outside of the city. Heartbreaking does not even begin to describe the scene there. From naked children and mud huts to dirty water and hopeless faces; this is the most difficult place I have ever seen. The smell alone is indescribable. As we walked through the village, saying hello and waving to different people I saw a naked child defecating on the floor of her home. Yes, her home is a mud hut, but regardless, it is her home. There are no neat and tidy platitudes to offer. No simple catchphrase to help us feel better. This is just a place of great need; a place where the only hope to be had is in the name of Jesus. As I reflect on my time spent there in the slum, my first response is to give money away or start helping medically or begin building programs for housing and churches. But as I pray and reflect I have come across Psalm 46:10;
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
I believe, I have to believe that God is in control. God knows the plight of these people and the what they need. I must simply be obedient to however God calls me to respond. I must simply trust God for his direction. This brings us back to the lyric from Hillsong; I have been praying that God would lead to a place ‘where my trust is without borders,’ and to ‘take me deeper than my feet could ever wander,’ and now I am here. So what will I do? Stop trusting that God is the answer? No! This experience only confirms my trust in God, that He is moving and will continue to work through me to glorify Him through these people and this place this summer.
If you are considering coming with us in July I would encourage you pray hard and pray carefully. If you ask God to expand your trust… He just might.