|What a joy yesterday to return to one of the very first places I went on my first mission trip abroad. I had a spare day due to a schedule change and remembered that pastor Steve from the Lord's Ministries in Webuye had taken responsibility for the Busia area. We agreed to go visit Mulwanda.
The place was still very familiar and as we passed through Funyala and Nangina, memories came flooding back. There was the shop that we converted into a makeshift 'hotel' and slept in for three nights... and even the old tree that we preached from under is still standing! There was a real revival going on in those days and the picture is from the same area taken 6 months later when around 50 new Christians were baptised in the river.
The church has grown and it was good to see some of the faces at the church that were there when these churches were established. Several are now pastors and Pastor Moses is now leading the church in Mulwanda and Jackson, who even named one of his sons 'Stan' (poor soul!), is as active as ever. I have taken photos but have not been able to upload them
In addition a school of six classes has been built and a deep well (84 metres) has been drilled so that the village has ample clean water. It is so important. About half of the 240 pupils in the school have lost either one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and many of their parents are suffering still and dying from this terrible disease.
I was reminded by Jackson that when I was there in 1987 I said 'I have left a little of my heart here'. On going back, it was good that he reminded me and I discovered that it was true!