“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weakness: for when I am weak then am I strong.” 2 Cor. 12:9-10
I am on my way home now retracing the flights I took just six days ago (with the exception of Denver since I’m going to LAX). I’ve been thinking about the things that the lord has taught in just the last few days. When I was checking in today the airline representative asked me what I enjoyed the most on my trip. I said the people. I have so many people here in Uganda who I am privileged to call friend and brother or sister.
One of the greatest lessons I learned from the people is strength. I learned this through watching the lives of the Christians in Midigo. They live with so little by our standards and yet have so much more joy than those of us that have much. The Christians in Midigo are surrounded on all sides by those who would love nothing more than to destroy them. They are weak from an outward perspective having no way to protect themselves on their own. As we drove through the streets of Yumbe a town about 35 minutes south of Midigo we saw a group of Pakistani Muslim clerics walking down the road. They are here going from hut to hut spreading hatred for Christians. The work in Midigo has aroused their anger as the Gospel is going forth and people are coming to the Lord. They have tried to stir up the leaders in Midigo and encouraged them to burn down the church but the Muslim leaders have refused. They said, “these people care for us. They teach our children and treat our sick. They are good people.”
It struck me as I heard this that their strength is the love of Christ that overflows from them. They love the community and the community loves them. The Christians trust in the Lord and He gives them His grace, mercy and strength. I see them as great Christian soldiers standing valiantly in the fight. In humility they see themselves as simply believers and are so grateful when we come over to teach, or play with the children or work in the hospital. I taught Philippians on this trip but I learned more by their example of humility then I ever gave them.
I have been reading a book called “Humility” by Andrew Murray a 19th century pastor. In his book he says, “Let us learn the lesson – the highest holiness is the deepest humility. Yes, let us ask whether we have learnt to regard a reproof, just or unjust, a reproach from friend or enemy, an injury, or trouble, or difficulty into which others bring us, as above all an opportunity of proving Jesus is all to us, how our own pleasure or honor are nothing, and how humiliation is in very truth what we take pleasure in.”
This is so where I desire to be but it is where so many believers in Uganda and other persecuted regions of the world live everyday. His strength being made perfect in their weakness.
May each of us learn the lessons of the suffering church. As the church in Smyrna, rich in their poverty and suffering for the Lord (Rev. 2:9).
Thank you Pastor Juventine, Pastor Charles, Pastor Sam and all the believers at CC Midigo for teaching me this lesson.
Awadifor – webele inyo