Last Sunday was a lesson in generosity that I never expected I would learn in Uganda. We drove for about an hour to arrive at a small village where IN was a part of starting a church 25 years ago. Pastor Moses greeted Tim and me with such excitement. We didn’t realize that we were actually sharing and preaching that morning, but it was a wonderful experience. After a very vibrant, traditional Ugandan worship complete with indigenous instruments and songs, Tim briefly shared a testimony and I spoke from 1 Corinthians 2:9.
At the conclusion of the message, the pastor’s wife (m) came to receive the offering. And in traditional fashion, the congregation came to the front and left their offering in the baskets. At the end of the service, we all prayed for each other and it was a sweet time of intersession for God to be glorified in the work He had prepared us for as we love Him. At the end of the service, Pastor Moses shook our hands and handed both Tim and me an envelope. We both responded in amazement and politely decline, but he insisted.
It wasn’t until later that afternoon that we opened the envelopes to find that he had given each of us 20,000 schillings, about $6. That was an equivalent of two days wages for the average Ugandan. Pastor Moses insisted that he wanted to bless us since we had blessed them.
What a great lesson on generosity from Uganda.