Saturday, June 8, 2013

Week 13

5 baptisms tomorrow, Sunday!

We are blessed to have Elder and Sister Brown (from Phoenix AZ) staying with us (residing in Jinga) this weekend conduct Perpetual Education Fund Training - - a program for those worthy adult members in poverty who may benefit from low-interest education loans after they have been taught principles of self-reliance.   The PEF was implemented a number of years ago by the former President of The Church, Gordon B Hinckley.  Students begin immediately making small monthy payments each month (equal to about $4 U.S.), but they start paying back in earnest 6 months after completing their schooling/training; they have 6-8 years to pay back their loan.  The funds are then used for others with similar needs, hense a perpetual education fund.  It is totally funded by members from other parts of the world and other philanthropic individuals who donate specifically to the fund.  Currently there are about 60,000 individuals participating in PEF.  Many more have benefited from the workshops on self-reliance.

Three key principles taught in today's training:
1. No one will ever walk out of poverty who expects something for nothing. Success and prosperity have always been based on hard work.
2. To walk out of poverty members must: a. pay an honest tithing; b. learn principles of self-reliance; c. pay a generous fast offering ( helping the poor); and  d. Serve one another.   Many examples were shared testifying of these principles. 
3.  Effectual praying is work! See Work in the bible dictionary. When we have followed correct principles for prosperity and then diligently petition the Lord for His help, He is bound to uphold his eternal laws and promises.  No question about it!

We, as well as the Gulu members, learned a lot from this wonderful training.

We love being here, but at times we feel overwhelmed, trying to keep pace with all there is to do or we would like to do for these good people. This week we came across a quote from Anne Morrow Lindberg that used to hang on the wall of Neil A Maxwell's office, (deceased member of Quorum of the Twelve Apostles), "My life cannot implement in action the demands of all the people to whom my heart responds."  Elder Maxwell commenting on her quote..."That's good counsel for us all not as an excuse to forego duty, but as a sage point about pace and the need for quality in relationsips."

Another inspiring quote from Elder Maxwell regarding the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. (from General Conference address, "Willing to Submit")

Neal A. Maxwell

Imagine, Jehovah, the Creator of this and other worlds, “astonished”! Jesus knew cognitively what He must do, but not experientially. He had never personally known the exquisite and exacting process of an atonement before. Thus, when the agony came in its fulness, it was so much, much worse than even He with his unique intellect had ever imagined! No wonder an angel appeared to strengthen him! (See Luke 22:43.)
The cumulative weight of all mortal sins—past, present, and future—pressed upon that perfect, sinless, and sensitive Soul! All our infirmities and sicknesses were somehow, too, a part of the awful arithmetic of the Atonement. (See Alma 7:11–12; Isa. 53:3–5; Matt. 8:17.) The anguished Jesus not only pled with the Father that the hour and cup might pass from Him, but with this relevant citation. “And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me.” (Mark 14:35–36.)
Had not Jesus, as Jehovah, said to Abraham, “Is any thing too hard for the Lord?” (Gen. 18:14.) Had not His angel told a perplexed Mary, “For with God nothing shall be impossible”? (Luke 1:37; see also Matt. 19:28; Mark 10:27; Luke 18:27.)
Jesus’ request was not theater!
In this extremity, did He, perchance, hope for a rescuing ram in the thicket? I do not know. His suffering—as it were, enormity multiplied by infinity—evoked His later soul-cry on the cross, and it was a cry of forsakenness. (See Matt. 27:46.)
Even so, Jesus maintained this sublime submissiveness, as He had in Gethsemane: “Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.” (Matt. 26:39.)

 Preparation Day (P-Day)...time for missionaries to get caught up on washing, cleaning apt.  Shirts hung out to dry. Pam inspects their apartments every Monday.  They are doing a great job!
 Shoes moved out of their apt so they can sweep and mop.
 Remember the outhouse outside our apt door?  Someone took a pic of me inside peering over the wall.  Not so anymore.  Growing season has completely covered it up.  Perfect privy privacy.
 Beautiful Sister Moore at Pope John College, waiting for her student Laurice.  This is such a beautiful campus, run by the Catholics.  We love going here and appreciate all the good this school is doing.
 Our fruit dryer.  Mangos in there this week.  That's Isaac helping Pam cover the fruit for the first batch.  On Tuesday Isaac brought about 25 more pounds of cut up mangos.  Pam asked him about them.  He said he had picked them the night before (after working for 8 hours out at someone else's farm.) It was such a huge amount that she asked how long it took him to cut them all up;  He started at 9pm and finished a little before 2 am!  While he washed and prepared the dehydrator, she rewashed and "Jik"ed the fruit.  There were so many that she also made and froze mango nectar.  He is an example of the many good people here who willingly and unselfishly serve one another.  We are very happy AND sad that Isaac leaves for his mission  to Zambia in less than three weeks.  Will we ever see him again? 
 Remember the pic of the stump that was being dislodged at Pope John Paul School?  Here it is two days later...completely dug up. do they drag this monster out of the whole.  I will ask next time I am at the school
 Some pottery above and below for sale...the same place Pam and I are making a few bowls and some elephants.  Trust me...our work does not look near this good.

 This is Steve.  Has been here a few months, from BYU, doing the accounting for a social business (not an NGO) where the natives make beautiful paper beads that are sold here as well as in the United States.  We'll have more about  the business in a week or two.  Steve has loved being here but leaving today, Tuesday to go back to school.  He is the piano/organ player in our Bardege Branch.  Has taught Institute for college age kids as well. He and Pam also teach keyboarding.
This is how the Ugandan's mop the floor.  They don't use a standard mop with handle we are used to in the US.  They wet a rag, soap it up and then bend over in this terribly uncomfortable position to wipe the floor by hand and rag.  This pic was taken in banks.  Mopping as customers were coming in.

Those attending PEF Training today.  About 25 in attendance...exceeded my expectations.  These are people who are wanting to help themselves "walk out of poverty".

Pam:  On Thursday Elder Moore had a last minute conflict regarding our truck so I "taught" Institute, only about 15 minutes preparation time.  I normally don't attend because we have a dinner at our home immediately afterwards for some of the prospective missionaries and also teach at that time the Temple Preparation course.  But being involved was a wonderful experience, implementing the teaching principles emphasized in CES.  There were 17 students.  The spirit was strongly in attendance as I tried to help them with some things they didn't understand, but more significant was their own small group study and teachings to one another on the The Creation, the Fall and Christ's Atonement and how they are all in sync with each other.  They effectively used the scriptures and shared great insights into these important doctrines.  It was a such a high seeing them declaring important truths about the Great Plan of Happiness.  Wow!  There's no doubt many of them will be great leaders in Africa some day.  It's truly amazing how fast they learn.

1 comment:

  1. What an amazing week you guys had!

    Lisa Bodin