Kinyeera Patrick is a name that has been forever burned on my soul. Two years ago, I had the privilege of meeting Patrick and his family while on a mission trip in Uganda. Our team was asked to walk the village of Adak to share the Gospel and the message of Jesus.
Our first and only stop of the afternoon was with Patrick and his family. Sharing with this family was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. The reality of what Patrick had been through when he was younger as a child soldier tore my heart apart. The family issues he was facing at the time: three wives and nearly a dozen children to support, trying to understand how his family situation was viewed by God and his local church. We only just touched the surface of these cultural issues and we certainly didn’t have all (if any) answer to how to address or solve them.
All I know is that Patrick was hopeful. His past was behind him and he seemed determined to move forward. This morning I find myself asking God to continue to help me leave some of my past behind. Praying that God would bless Patrick and his family while the Ugandan Church continues to work through issues of cultural and tribal pasts. I look forward to how God will continue to work in this region and for opportunities to continue to stay involved.