Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hope in the Wilderness

As I have been preaching in the Gospel of Mark, one of the main themes Mark communicates about Jesus is that he is the fulfillment of the long awaited promises of God in the Prophets of the Old Testament to finally and ultimately deliver his people out of their bondage and slavery. In the Minor Prophets, one of the images used to communicate this ultimate salvation is in the imagery of a second exodus. God will save his people by meeting them in the wilderness in order to lead them into their eternal inheritance. One place you find this is in the second chapter of Hosea:
Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her. And there I will give her her vineyards and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope. And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt, (Hos 2.14-15).
For many of us, this imagery is not fully grasped because of our setting. Most of us do not live in wilderness settings. Well maybe these photos will help.

This week some from the OPC's Ugandan Mission are doing an outreach to the Karamajong people in the mountain region of Lomorimor, pictured to the right.

This region of Uganda is very poor, but these people are not without a shepherd who is looking to bring them into his fold, to protect them and feed them. There is no place that the lost can go where God will not find them. The hope of the gospel is even found in the wilderness of Africa.

Below are a few more pictures of the work taking place in Lomorimor. If you want to see more, then click here.

In a recent email from Dr. Jim Knox, a missionary doctor in Uganda and ordained deacon of Grace OPC, where I am interning, Jim describes what takes place in the outreach:
[The missionaries] go into a village that has not really been exposed to our mission before and present the Gospel every day for a week. The second one was completed last week. They do a presentation to the adults and to the children, leave printed materials in both Karamajong and English, and do lots of singing. Please pray for fruit from these outreaches. Please pray for wisdom in deciding how to pursue follow-up with these villages. Please pray for those who can read in the villages, that they might actually receive the material and then spread it to the other villagers.

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