Finale

With 4th of July coming up I think of all the fireworks shows I’ve seen. My favorite part of the fireworks is the grand finale. When they blow off so many fireworks that it just keeps going.

That’s what today felt like. It was our last day of ministry work here in Uganda. Conf-Phest 2019 held at City Church. Many of the schools we had visited were arriving, and it was so cool to see some familiar faces.

We arrived early in the morning and were greeted by some of the team already there. Pastor Alex and some of the City Church team had spent the night praying for the event!  Talk about prayer warriors - we have a lot to learn from them!

After a few hours of mingling, playing frisbee and Rock Paper Scissors (huge hit with students) we kicked off Conf-Phest. Kells had all the students leave the main tent and then re enter by dancing while coming in. It’s the grand entrance, it was grand!

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The praise team rocked it, the kids were hyped and then we had some students share their stories. One teacher came and shared his story. His name is Mumbarak and he was a Musim, his whole family was Muslim. He told how he kept himself clean, prayed 5 times daily and was a good Muslim but never felt moved by God. When he encountered Christianity and saw how moved they were by God he came to, gave his life to Jesus and has never looked back. He encouraged students to follow Jesus and told the Muslim students to not be afraid to follow Jesus.

Pastor Alex came... WOW!  African preaching! C’mon somebody, can I get an amen!?  Pastor challenged the kids to follow Jesus for themselves in a relationship and then called those that wanted to follow Jesus for themselves to the front. One girl came, then another, then another and then they just kept coming. Student after student receiving Jesus. It’s so amazing because they know the gospel - they learn it in school but it’s more of a religious experience, they just don’t know Jesus personally. There was such a great spirit of peace in the place as these students kept coming forward.

After Alex preached, we had some music, dancing, competitions and then lunch. After lunch Journey did the skit one final time - a grand finale.  The team didn’t disappoint it was stellar! After that Luke got up and hyped the kids up with a video greeting to Journey Church - coming soon to a Sunday near you...

Luke preached about who God is to the students, and what he says about them based on what he says about Jesus. There was a great impact on them during the message. Afterwards Luke and the team prayed for healing with students, then they prayed for peace. Many students were anxious about exams and grades. Finally Luke and the team prayed for those who were feeling depressed and even suicidal.

We really saw some break through. There was some very intense experiences happening during these prayers, strongholds and even demon possession broken (ask Noah or Brian about that...) God is Good!  Jesus is greater than any other spiritual force this world or the next can present. It is so amazing to walk in that authority and see it happen!

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We closed off the all day event with some more dancing, giveaways (Thank you to Bonta, Trampoline Zone, Beach Hut Deli, Sun River and Journey Church for supplying prizes!) you could see the students faces light up when they won a prize.

Thanks to Trampoline Zone for giving us Hats to bring with!   The Students LOVED them.

Thanks to Trampoline Zone for giving us Hats to bring with! The Students LOVED them.

Thanks to Beach Hut Deli in Bend for donating a box of Frisbees!   Most of the students didn’t know what to do with them at first, but caught on right away.

Thanks to Beach Hut Deli in Bend for donating a box of Frisbees! Most of the students didn’t know what to do with them at first, but caught on right away.

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Our friend and the one and only Holy Keane finished out the event and then we dismissed the students to go home.

But they wouldn’t!  DJ K2 kept those beats going and for at least another hour if not longer and we all got our jam on. Even I (Luke) danced - and that doesn’t happen.

We got to hang around City Church for a few hours interacting with the students and our team members from Uganda. It’s been so fun to get to know some of the students, and really to partner with City Church to reach the next generation.

It was bitter sweet as our time came to a close. We were tired and had worked hard for 7 days at schools and Conf-Phest but also sad to say goodbye to our new friends. We lingered as long as we could until it was time to head back. Saying goodbye is never easy.