I think of the word teamwork as the outstanding feature of this trip. I saw many great examples of people working as a team, independently without being told to work as a team. I think of the Chicago Bulls basketball team that had great players, like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippin, etc. But they were a mediocre team until they learned to play as a team and not just for themselves. Once they began playing as a team they became one of the greatest basketball teams of all time. I saw our STORM teams functioning without being reminded they were part of a team. And each team cheered the other teams on and looked for ways they could help each other.
I witnessed the children’s team in action and saw how much the children were learning and having fun with the leaders. It appeared to be a week’s worth of Bible School in one day. The team showed genuine interest in the children and a desire for them to know Jesus.
I saw doctors praying with the patients and taking time to listen to their health concerns. I saw members of the medical team take an interest in individuals and try to help them. I also saw how compassionate the medical team members were with the STORM team members when they got sick. I saw the medical team working together in a very organized way – setting up the tables and stations, loading the trucks, etc. Everyone worked hard and was happy to do it. I did not hear any complaints; there was a lot of talking, laughing and pure joy as the work was being done.
As I observed the teaching that went on in the men’s ministry. There would be 50 – 100 men listening each day. The Word of God was being taught in a very friendly, uplifting manner and yet the teaching was done with loving authority. There was a time for questions and answers as well as time for camaraderie building. There was a dialog between the men and the teachers that was very healthy. One of the things that touched me was the discussions of breaking with unhealthy tradition. We encouraged men to have only one wife; help the women with the work; care for their wives and daughters and encourage their children to go to school.
I witnessed food being transported, unloaded and distributed in the villages. I also got to see four families receive goats from Share. I also saw one of the churches give Share a goat – poor as they are, they gave a goat! That really impressed me.
I was also impressed with the structure of Share and the competency of the people working in Lodwar. Training of the locals is very important to furthering the ministry of Share and I saw many competent people sharing the vision of reaching their own for Christ.
I feel that I contributed more significantly this trip and was convicted of my need to speak out regarding cultural issues. I also feel that I have a stronger testimony and am better able to share my faith, thanks to this trip.