IT BEGINS – January 11th, 2016
Kitgum, Uganda – Day 1 of 3
“About 600 pastors from all over the province showed up…”
The first seminar that took place in Kitgum, Uganda was a huge success! About 600 pastors from all over the province showed up to be part of this seminar. Many travelled by foot and “bota bota” (motorcycle).
Despite the heat and humidity (no fans or A/C), the pastors were very hungry for the word and the Spirit. The organizers said there has never been something like this seminar and the teaching was incredible!
On to the next location in Gulu, Uganda…
THRONES, CROSSROADS & VICTORY! – January 14th, 2016
Gulu, Uganda – Day 1 of 3
“Worship literally cleared the haze in the room…”
Most significant at this seminar was the unplanned yet prophetic and powerful moments as the Spirit led in ministry. Upon arrival in Gulu, Lyle and I both felt we
should fast and pray, as we felt demonic resistance and a sense of oppression over the entire city. We had a great prayer time and the Lord impressed me that the church in Gulu was at a serious crossroads. The phrase that kept going through my mind was from Joel 3:14, “multitudes in the valley of decision”. Lyle strongly agreed.
We went to the seminar site and the church was packed with about 450 attendees. There was some worship (loud, but very little participation from the pastors and leaders) followed by announcements, etc. Then the meeting was turned over to me. The oppressiveness and heaviness was palpable. In fact the air inside the church seemed hazy, almost fuzzy or blurry.
The Lord quickened Psalm 22:3 to my mind very clearly. So I briefly explained what ‘thrones’ represented in Scripture (simply: power, authority, blessing; or in some cases cursing or evil as in the case of the demonic). Then I told the
pastors that they would determine which throne would rule in the building, in the event, in their churches and their city by what they choose and how they respond. I made a call to enter in to strong aggressive worship and praise to the Lord. I did not have to work hard to exhort them – one could sense the power of the Holy Spirit pounding home each word I spoke.
The pastors’ response was magnificent and overwhelming! No singing, just loud sustained worship and praise to Jesus. It felt as if the room was being shaken. When the sustained praise slowed, you could feel the difference in the room. And I am not exaggerating, the air was literally clearer and felt cleaner! I asked Lyle and two of the other key leaders about it and they all fervently agreed.
We then had a great first teaching session and afterward many pastors came up to me and were just blown away by what had taken place.
Some background: Uganda has a history of despotic dictatorship under Idi Amin who killed Christians wholesale because he wanted to make Uganda a Muslim nation. This was immediately followed by Kony (LRA leader) who was more of a mad-dog slaughtering machine. In one instance, Kony let his “soldiers” loose for a 3-day killing spree and they butchered over 200,000 people! There are still vast parts of Uganda that he depopulated that have not come back. The effect of that on the national psyche of Uganda has been devastating.