Uganda Mission–the Bigger Picture

 Uganda Mission–the Bigger Picture

God has opened the door to the most exciting, promising,  and most powerful ministry we have yet taken on. What if an entire nation’s culture could be redeemed for Christ? This is an urgent and time-critical appeal. I beg our friends to take the time to read this story…

The first part…

Many years ago, I sought God for the best way to break the vicious cycle of foundation-destroying, sinful degradation in our culture, and to reach the next generation for Christ. I realized the best contribution I could make was intervention through child and family education. This realization led to a unique and effective partnership with Jay and Vicki Dangers.

For over 25 years, Jay and Vicki have worked fearlessly and tirelessly to bring the fatherhood of God to the fatherless in Uganda, Africa (Ps 68:5-6). The Dangers and the Kirks shared the expanded Biblical view that says everything in life belongs to Christ, toward both His earthly and eternal purposes. Via the Master’s School ministry in the mid-1980s, we assisted the Dangerses with working Biblical tools for accomplishing their vision. In turn, they enhanced our vision.

Through their Kasana Children’s Center and other ministries, Jay and Vicki have long worked alongside the Ugandan people to help replace soul-damaged orphan-hood, dysfunctional families, and broken society with godly families, relationships, and economic success in expanding spheres. This is the complete, culture-changing Gospel the Lord always intended. Today, their great success has caught the attention of Ugandan community and national leaders, up to and including the first family. You can read their compelling story in detail at their website and in their daughter Jennie’s excellent book The Long Road to Hope.

In our recent visit to Uganda, Christina and I were humbled and amazed at the functioning and godly community at Kasana. Rather than institutionalize orphans created by Idi Amin and rampant AIDS, the children belong to real families. These new families provide most of their own support through agriculture and other industry. These along with nearby village children have consistently achieve among the highest passing rates into secondary school. Many of these young people have become personally accomplished community leaders.

God has now arranged many spiritual and material elements to allow New Hope Uganda to make a further major impact toward the building of a godly and prosperous nation. Uganda has mostly known backwardness and trouble. Far better than recovery missions are those that provide the solutions to problems at their very root….

Christ’s internal kingdom expresses itself through godly relationship and economic activity. Higher expressions include solid families, churches and civil communities living in liberty under protection of individual life and property to the blessings of all.

While, the present Ugandan educational system self-consciously seeks sound Biblical Christian goals such as honest productivity, cheerful community investment, etc., its materialistic Enlightenment methods cannot get there from here.

Meanwhile over several decades, the Kirks’ effective educational approach succeeded upon the premise that God created us in His image with inherent personal value and purpose, but, due to the Fall, need redemption from sin. Training prepares the child to receive the reality of God’s transforming grace in due season. A character capable of walking by faith toward excellence and with relationship central in all things grows through a crafted, proven, correctible system that has produced good fruit wherever it has gone. It is the Lord’s doing and He receives the glory.

Because the New Hope worldview and educational system built upon the Kirks’ work, they urged us to join them last September to help plan the new Master’s Institute for Education teacher training college and educational advocacy foundation (MIE). The month’s work seemed miraculously prosperous with the result that many Christian Ugandan leaders in education, government, ministries and business are extremely excited and encouraged and ready to join this effort. The MIE folks move ahead by faith. They wish us to join them on a permanent basis.

New Hope again urges the Kirks to return to Uganda in January 2014, and again in May and August, with month long stays each time. Lord willing, we will begin intensive training of prospective MIE faculty candidates capable of training other into the Christian worldview and into a thoroughly Biblical educational content and method toward the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life. (By the way, Christina is a brilliant and active partner in this work.) Through the preparation of the nation’s teachers into a thoroughly Biblical understanding of life and education, Uganda stands to be completely redeemed as a nation through its families (Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 2:2-4).

America’s present dismal condition arguably persists through an increasingly militantly materialistic educational system.  The decline began as early as the 1830s through the influence of Horace Mann. Little by little American schools killed our love of God, of liberty, and of wisdom. On the contrary, God promises to restore effective generational Biblical Gospel faith, skill and wisdom through a redeemed educational system.  Through godly vision, effective tools, and the power of the Holy Spirit, true education rebuilds the home, church, school, business, civil government and all of life in obedience to Christ.

MIE asks us to continue the work from the U.S. and periodically in Uganda. Our main tasks will be to assist project leaders Godfrey and Olga Kyazze and education professor Dr. Gillian Kasirye in building curriculum and training faculty.

We have long prayed God would release us to finish and propagate our refined educational body of wisdom crafted over the years through faith in action. Curriculum needs polishing and editing into publishable teacher’s guides and textbooks.

This work is extremely portable and readily reproducible in people of every native gifting, cultural background, and education. Thus, an important element of the MIE work is the promise that as we are successful in Uganda, others in Africa and beyond may receive similar power of blessing. We pray the United States may once again revive its amazing heritage of godliness and blessing in every institution. Indeed, our educational vision largely grew out of God’s hand on early America.

The second part…

Nearly six years ago, my friend Jerry Nordskog challenged me to write a book on how the world might appear when the faith of Christ grew to fulfilled maturity. Our life’s work sought God’s goals for mankind, upon Jesus’ prayer, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. God’s Word and providential history provide a model, hinting at what a fulfilled godliness might look like. Personal experience buttressed our convictions.

Well, that book is now in publication under the Nordskog Publishing title Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God Blessed. Among TWBD’s endorsers are national and international Christian leaders including William J. Murray, son of atheist Madeline Murray O’Hare, Mark Rushdoony of Chalcedon Foundation, Carole Adams of the Foundation for American Christian Education, and Christian historian Stephen McDowell. Eugene Clingman says that TWBD could become a classic.

The book is designed to be an approachable and enjoyable read, but also deep enough to plant the seed of universal Christian expression as the proper basis for all Great Commission work. Everything belongs to Christ. Everything is evangelical.

Then, through systematic and diverse application of a few Biblical principles, the book plants seeds toward mastering those principles. TWBD treats of the individual, the home, the church, the sciences and arts, education, and civil relationships of every sphere.

This book promises not only to expand the understanding of Christ’s Lordship in everything as the only basis for recovery of civilization, but also powerfully complements the educational work. Success with TWBD contributes to success in all our ministries.

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Interested? Here is how to add your assistance in any of several possible ways: Support Uganda’s  Master’s Institute for Education.

Our efforts have always been in the background. Those who know us and appreciate our work know it from the fruit it has produced in ordinary relationships, education, counsel, etc. You know a tree by its fruit. I’m just a friend and skilled blue-collar scholar.

New Hope seeks support for MIE primarily from within Uganda. However, our contribution to the Master’s Institute for Education requires raising personal support, as all non-Ugandan New Hope staff must do. The New Hope Uganda folks want us to join them as close to full-time as possible. A huge amount of work remains to be done to launch and sustain this effort.

Therefore, I ask our friends to consider supporting us with regular prayer, some modest action, and financial help if possible.

Please share this appeal with your friends and local churches toward support of this great project. Please ask your friends to ask their friends.

For project oriented folks, one-time gifts can help us return to Uganda next month, or help us quickly to produce our first textbook in primary math.

For those with a long-term vision, on-going support will go toward the curriculum development needed to make this lifetime vision a reality. Even small amounts will encourage and together provide the needed support.

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For all, please share this appeal with evangelical friends.

From deep in our hearts, we thank you for your consideration and prayers on behalf of the Master’s Institute for Education in Uganda and beyond.

 

Regarding Thy Will Be Done, successful books written by unknown authors are rare. I believe the ideas presented in TWBD are critical to restoring civilization as the grounds of the Great Commission, our evangelical imperative.

Please consider several steps toward the book’s success. First, purchase a copy and read it. (Let me know if you cannot afford a copy. But please know that our resources for this are extremely limited. Every copy purchased encourages success.) The book is already available at the Nordskog Publishing Website and at Amazon.com. Publishing a review on Amazon is very helpful.

Second, if you agree that this is an important work, share it with as many people as possible. Buy copies for your friends (a great Christmas present). Take copies to local Christian bookstores—including college, seminary, and church bookstores—to share.

Third, contributing to social networking can help. We host a Thy Will Be Done: When All Nations Call God blessed Facebook page. Liking and Sharing can help tremendously!

For this book to become useful in the Christian culture, a profound networking is needed. We need all our friends.

These various aspects of work and these requests humble me greatly. I never have been, and certainly am not now, up to such tasks as we face. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can bring the increase. Yet He requires our faithful application of effort. This is what I seek to do, to be a faithful workman, not to be ashamed for lack of diligence.

Thank you also for your friendship in prayer and action for the success of this book as an important contribution to revival of the body of Christ and the necessary civilization foundations for the Gospel work.

I am grateful and in your extreme debt. Many brothers and sisters in Christ from near and far will no doubt also be very grateful.

Yours for Christ,

Ron

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