It’s been 10 years since peace was negotiated between the Ugandan government and the Lord’s Resistance Army, bringing to an end two decades of terror in northern Uganda. During this time countless people were displaced, abducted, assaulted, raped and killed. As I traveled through northern Uganda a few weeks ago, it was hard to reconcile this terrible history with the beauty of the land with its verdant landscape crisscrossed by vibrant red dirt roads and the quiet strength and nobility of the Acholi people who live in this region.
As I spent time with the people, it became very evident how great the trauma of those years of conflict were and how much northern Uganda needs the Church, the body of Christ, to come alongside them, to help them heal and rebuild their lives on the foundation of Christ’s ministry of reconciliation and grace.
There, I met a man named Moses, an elderly widower caring for two children and five grandchildren on his own. Several of his children had already died. His wife had also recently died and was buried in a humble grave outside in the yard of his mud brick hut. Despite the hardships of his life, he defined his life’s greatest value through his relationship with God. It was God who gave him the ability to love his wife faithfully, to serve his community diligently and to tenaciously hope for a better future for his grandchildren. Perhaps this doesn’t sound extraordinary, but when many men in his community spend their days in a drunken stupor or abusing their spouses and children, Moses’ godly life stands out like a beacon of hope.
I believe its God’s great desire to see more men like Moses in northern Uganda. I believe as the body of Christ, we have a window of opportunity to come alongside people like Moses, to encourage him and work with him in bringing Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation and grace to the people of northern Uganda. WOW and our partners are doing some of this work, even so, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Mt 9:37-38) Would you pray with us that God would expand the reach of WOW and our partners to bring Jesus to the people of northern Uganda?
Written by: Dr. Hyon Kim (Medical Advisor for WOW)