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NGU Team Forges Cross-Cultural Relationships in Uganda

North Greenville University’s Associate Vice President for Campus Ministries and Associate Campus Pastor Jody Jennings led a team of five to Uganda over the Christmas break. The team included: Luke Jennings; Terry Emmerson, from NGU’s Campus Enhancement Team; Lori Emmerson; and current NGU student, Madison McCarter. They left on Dec. 27 and returned on Jan. 9.

“This trip was unique because we had a smaller team,” said Jennings.

But a smaller team did not stop them from reaching people. The group had the opportunity to work alongside national missionaries near the Northeastern city of Kaabong to reach the Ik people group.

According to Jennings, this city contains no evangelical churches and this people group have no Bibles in their language.

“We hiked up to the village, shared the Gospel through an interpreter, and encouraged the people in that village,” said Jennings.

The team also drove across Uganda to the Western city of Hoima, where they participated in a basketball ministry, a children’s home ministry, and a police ministry. Also, the team worked on leadership development with local church leaders.

On their way back to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda, the team stayed the night with NGU alumna Kaley Grace (‘18).

“During this trip, I got to see the fruit from previous investments. The next generation of Ugandan leaders are developing and doing the work of missionaries. Now, we can begin sending teams to work alongside them in their new ministries,” said Jennings.

Jennings structured the trip in a way that would allow individuals the opportunity to see what life would be like if they lived there.

“We want to learn from and spend time with nationals [missionaries], developing friendships that turn into partnerships is the goal. We aim to form a community of believers that we can work side by side with and do ministry together,” said Jennings.

Jennings hopes that more NGU students will continue to take advantage of this opportunity in the future.

“Uganda is an unbelievable trip where you will have the opportunity to be a part of a community of faith that will shape the way that you see your own faith and Christianity,” said Jennings, “It is all about getting out there and stepping beyond where you currently live to see God’s work among the nations.”

Here is how you can pray for the team as they adjust back to their daily life: Reverse culture shock. “Pray that what we learned would be something that lasts, and we would remember how God worked throughout this trip. You can also pray that we would adjust back to the routines of life here,” said Jennings.

Here is how you can pray for the churches in Uganda: The churches in Uganda still need more workers. “Pray that God would raise leaders to encourage the missionaries who are there, that they would disciple more national believers,” said Jennings.

Learn more about NGU's student ministries and intercultural studies degree program.

Story by NGU Communications Intern Hannah Hurst. 

     

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