Many years ago when I played football, my coaches drilled into my thinking some key life lessons which are also found in God’s Word. My recent trip to Uganda highlighted these truths and your prayers helped give them lasting impact in me and my brothers: Tomas, Henry & Charles.
“Do the basics really well.” I shared with my brothers the true story about Vince Lombardi, arguably the most famous football coach of all time. On the first day of training camp in July 1961, Coach Lombardi gathered his team together with these words: “Gentleman, this is a football.” From there he focused on the basics, and the team that lost the previous NFL championship never lost another playoff game again…at least under Lombardi’s leadership.
During the few days I had with these key African leaders, we focused on the basics of our faith and how to pass them on to others. Using “God’s Plan for His Disciples,” we explored how to renew our own faith and lay a foundation for others that will grow & spread throughout East Africa. All three completed this manual.
“Keep your eye on the goal and you will advance toward it.” The goal of any discipleship plan is to establish others in the faith, making them strong & fruitful. The Apostle Paul committed his life to following up new believers & new churches, while always expanding to new places where people had not heard of Jesus. We challenged each other to keep our eyes on God’s goal for individuals and the movement of Christ’s kingdom, and we prayed and planned for advancement. May God take us into the 10/40 Window!
“Love each other like a family, & you will fight on & overcome all obstacles.” Our days together, and the ones that followed, brought us to new levels of loving each other. By caring enough to confront, we have challenged some cultural strongholds that have held back the work in Africa for decades. Please continue to pray for Tomas, Charles & Henry as they seek to spread the gospel and train leaders.
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