A few final thoughts on our time in Kampala. Wai speaks of how our time discussing Muslim-Christian relations in Uganda and America and our visit to the main mosque in Kampala have impacted him. Miria shares about how one of our visits to the Mulago hospital has reminded her of Jesus' love.
"God has met me in more ways than I could have imagined on this internship. A few days ago we had the opportunity to pray with sick children and their mothers in a kampala hospital. Needless to say, I ended the visit in tears. At first I couldn't see where Jesus was in all of the suffering, then, I was not only reminded of Jesus' suffering on the cross, but of the humble conditions he was born into. Though I sometimes lose sight of this, I know that nothing in this world can separate us from God's love for us." - Miria
"A while ago my friend Jenna reminded me that even more than ministry, God desires that we grow in Him. One way God has been teaching me has been through the Ugandan students on this trip. My friend and roommate Ibra (short for Abraham) preached a sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:14 the other day, and in the process, drew a connection between love and our callings as ambassadors of the Gospel. As I've interacted more and more with Muslims, God has been teaching me about my prejudices, how there is a fear of Muslims and a belief that they are not open to the Gospel that lives inside me. During one talk about the underground church movement in Somalia, I heard God asking me, "Would you be willing to die for them?" I'm afraid to write this, to share with all of you that this is on my heart. But I serve a God who told us to lay down our lives (not just spiritual, not just self ambition, or greed), but a God who laid down his physical life for our sake. I think what can separate Christians from anyone else is that willingness to die for their enemies. We can meet the challenge of radical Islam with radical Christianity, with the radical type of love that prompts a man to say, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)." And then compels him to go and do it. This is the love Paul was speaking about in 1 Corinthians 13, a love that never fails, a love that has driven Peter and Paul, and many Christians ever since. This is the love that must drive and compel this generation to preach the gospel." ~ Wai Cheng