The first-century disciples turned the world upside down precisely because of their boldness and willingness to pay any price to see the kingdom expand. These things are still happening in many developing countries around the world, but it seems the western church has come to a dead standstill, and there are no signs that it will change anytime soon. Have you ever wondered why?
Jesus never commanded the church to separate into factions or spend billions of dollars on elaborate buildings. Paul never suggested changing the world through political activism or influence.
But the one command that we have received with complete clarity is the Great Commission: “Go and make disciples of every nation…” (Matthew 28:19, HCSB).
For hundreds of years, going to the mission field meant going through your denomination’s sending agency. As denominations become less relevant in the 21st century, the Great Commission remains. The first-century church had no denominations; maybe that is what allowed them to have such a far-stretching impact on the Kingdom.
We have had the privilege to live in the pearl of Africa for ten years now. Sadly, that time is coming to a close. There are certain things that I will not miss (Bodas, politics, matooke), but there are things about Uganda that will be etched in my memory forever, and I will cherish them till the day I die. Here is a list of things I will miss about Uganda.