In 2015 I was in Uganda for the first time. I have to admit I was really scared at times. I am not a public speaker and men make me nervous. The first time I shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with just one man, my hands were literally shaking. As time went by and I shared more and more, I became more comfortable speaking and I could tell that God was making me bold.
Then one day Roger,
a local pastor there with IMFC (International Missionaries For Christ) saw a group of men under a shelter and they were playing a game and rolling dice. There were several men gathered around, maybe 15-20. I saw a bench nearby with a little girl sitting on it and decided that I would sit there and let one of the men in our group share this time. Roger had another plan. He said, "Candy, what are you doing?" "You need to come and share with these men, they want to hear from you." I said, " No Roger, I am sitting here." He would not take "No" for an answer. So, while I was shaking in my boots, I got up and approached these men. Roger said, "Candy, what can you tell these men? They are struggling with finances and food and providing for their families." I quickly started praying because I didn't know what to tell them.
The verse where God is speaking and says, "The cattle on a thousand hills is Mine." Came to mind. At the time I didn't know where it was located but I knew that it was true, that God owned everything. Today, I know that it says, "For every beast of the forest is Mine, the cattle on a thousand hills is Mine. I know every bird of the mountains, and everything that moves in the field is Mine." Psalms 50:10-11. Also, Jesus says in Matthew 6:25-35 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' Mat 6:32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
So that is how I began. God owns everything and He loves you. God is holy. He is pure and because all men are sinful, that sin separates us from God. I asked each of them if they knew what sin was and if they were sinners. There was only one there that claimed not to be a sinner but he stayed and listened anyway. I explained God's plan to save mankind from their sin. He sent his son Jesus Christ, who came and lived a perfect life without sin. Jesus willingly died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Then 3 days later he rose again and appeared to over 500 people so that they could be witnesses to His resurrection. He is now at the right hand of the father.
After hearing this message, about 15 of these men said they believed and they wanted Jesus to be the Lord of their life. They prayed and confessed this with their mouth to God. Only God knows their hearts but we are able to see a life change when they truly believe. The man in the red shirt standing behind me truly believed. About 10 months after this photo was taken, I inquired about this group of men from Roger. He said that this man was serious and he was growing. It was about a month after that I heard from Roger again and this man was in an accident and died. I was sad because I wasn't going to get to see him when I went back but I rejoiced in knowing that he was with Jesus and he no longer had to deal with the struggles or poverty of this world and I would see him again one day.
This painting is an original mixed media canvas painting. I used metal, fabric, paper and paint to create this piece of art. 100% of the money from the sale of this painting will go toward the 2017 Uganda Mission Trip. My husband and I both will be returning this year and we will continue to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
I am sad to say that my husband did not get to go with me to Uganda this year. He had a work conflict that came up. We prayed up until the last minute hoping that God would change that situation for him to go but He did not. I know that God is in complete control. His will for our lives is always good.
I wanted to share a little of what we did while we were in Uganda. Of course we share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with many many people. Within the first 2 weeks over a thousand people prayed to receive Christ. Only God knows if they truly believe. I feel confident that we were obedient to God by sharing the Gospel.
Also, we visited Nakasongola womens prison and we we are to deliver to them 40 stackable beds. The previous year I visited and I learned that these women and their children slept on mats in an over crowed room on concrete floors. It really broke my heart. Even though they lived in these conditions, they had such joy that I had never seen. They sang praises to Jesus and clapped and danced. They blessed me more that they even knew. Because my heart was touched and I saw a need, I wanted to help bless them with beds. Through the collective fundraising of our team at Point Mallard Parkway Baptist Church, we were able to raise the money to buy 40 beds.