Greetings from Uganda!
Thursday, July 23, 2015.
I can report to you that we were able to finish today the final part of the Phase 3 lesson and we were able to spend a significant amount of time reviewing the facilitator’s guide with them. It was a very good day!
I am deeply impressed with the leaders. It is obvious that over the past two years they have embedded the leadership principles of Jesus into their heart, head, and hands. Luke and I have seen a remarkable transformation in some of their attitudes, how they speak with one another, and in their ability to begin applying this year’s teaching on teams and teamwork to their ministry. They are now chomping at the bit to get back home and put the things that they have learned this week to work. One of them told us that he was glad that we have spent the previous two years building a foundation for them because “we could not have grasped these concepts on teams two years ago.” It is very inspiring to see the seeds that we have been planting, sprout and now are beginning to grow.
We also had an interesting conversation with Stone Kyambadde yesterday. He told us that he has some ties to the Ugandan government officials that are in charge of the national police force and the Ugandan Army. He told us they are looking for someone to help them train their leaders. Stone said that he told them about Luke and I and how we might be willing to bring the message of Lead Like Jesus to their leaders. Of course, we told him that we would. Stone will be speaking to a group of their senior leaders next week and he will talk to them about us, what we have been doing to develop leaders in Uganda already, and let them know that we are willing to work with them as well. Wow! What an opportunity! Your prayers are appreciated.
The weather here has been great! The temperature was in the low 80’s today and the humidity has been very low. In fact, it gets a little cool here at night. The Mum’s hotel is mostly still the old Mum’s hotel that I’ve known for several years now. A few things have changed, but mostly it is mired in the status quo. The best part of the changes is the new addition that they’ve built. The rooms are very large and a lot more comfortable. I even have a seating area with two nice chairs and a small coffee table. The internet has not changed and with all the rooms filled up this week, it has almost been impossible to read any of my emails that have attachments and I have been unable to post any pictures for several days now. Oh well, if that is all I have to complain about I guess that I’m pretty fortunate.
Well, I’ve got to go. I hope that all is well with you. Tomorrow (Friday), we will conclude our training by doing a brief review of the main points of the training, answering any questions they might have, and then doing some planning to help them prepare for the Phase 2 training that they will do by themselves with the 30 leaders that they trained in Phase 1 last year.
More from Uganda tomorrow! I will try later on to post some pictures. Hopefully, the internet will work.
Thanks for your prayers!