Warmest of greetings to you from Uganda, East Africa! My greetings today come from Jinja where I am currently serving with a missions team from our church. In addition to our ministry here, I've had the privilege of connecting with Multnomah alumni and have been encouraged to see the work God is doing in and through their lives in building His church around the world.
This past week I had the privilege of interviewing alum Kathy Nelson Bisset (Grad Cert '81), who is here in Jinja serving with her husband Bill at the Bible Training Center for Pastors (BTCP). Together they work to provide a foundation in theological training for pastors and church leaders by giving them a comprehensive and growing knowledge of scripture, as well as practical ministry skills while encouraging them in their faith. "When I look at my time at Multnomah," Kathy said, "that is exactly what Multnomah gave me--a foundation that I didn't have before." Having not grown up in a Christian home, Kathy looks at her time at Multnomah as foundational for the work the Lord has called her and Bill to here in Africa, serving these past 28 yrs.
Alex & Faith Mutagubya
On Sunday I enjoyed worshiping with alumni Alex (M Div '10) and Faith Mutagubya at Luzira Community Church where Alex serves as the lead pastor. Founder of Luzira, as well as Transform African Ministries, Alex's goal is to make disciples and empower others to influence their communities in Jesus' name. Focused towards reaching the middle class of Uganda, their objective is to equip the church for assisting its poor and marginalized in a self-sustaining manner.
Alex's message to us on Sunday was riveting. For any relationship there must be trust and commitment, he charged. When we say we trust Jesus there will be times when what we expect to happen is not necessarily what we experience, but that does not mean that God has failed us. For us to enjoy life to
the fullest we must believe that Jesus is who He says He is. There will be times when we will struggle and are not able to fully explain everything we are going through, yet He remains faithful and trustworthy. Such truth in the face of the wealth and prosperity gospel that is so prevalent here in Africa was a powerful inspiration.
It is often in the midst of life's storms that our courage and power as believers is manifested most. My prayer for us today is that as He gives us opportunities to trust Him in the face of uncertainty, illness, economic hardship, etc that our faith would be strengthened and our trust and commitment to Him would grow.
Believing in who He says He is,
Michelle M. Peel (BA '00, MA '10)
Director of Alumni Relations