Who would think that God is going to use Uganda as a place to shape and refine the ministry of my life. Africa has been the most unknown continent in my knowledge until my visit to Uganda this time round. It changed my life forever.....
After long journey, I mean really long journey. 2 hours flight from Singapore to Bangkok, waiting for 12 hours to catch the next flight then another 9 hours long of sleepless flight to Nairobi. Stop for 2 hours and another an hour flight to Entebbe, Uganda. It was so cool though the first glimpse of Uganda greeting me was this beautiful rainbow. Amazing creation of our great creator. I'm so excited to see Africa for the 1st time.
I spent in Kampala for a few nights with a friend's family then moving on to YWAM Hopeland, Jinja. It is a beautiful base. The contrast of blue sky and red earth filled with green blade of grass is just so amazing. Reminding me of Christmas! It was such great opportunity for me to meet up with different people from around the world who are passionate about communication.
Our 1st week of meeting begins with Basic Communication Workshop (BCW) which aims to equip each YWAMer to love and communicate well through different media and form. Either in verbal or non-verbal form of communication or different set of skill such as writing, graphic design, photography and videography has been taught. At the end of the week, every participants were convinced that they too can be a good communicator for this mission and ultimately, for Christ.
Then we proceed on to CRIT consultation. Communication Research and Information Technology (CRIT) initiative was formed by YWAM's International Chairman, Lynn Green together with the team from YWAM International Communication Network (YWAM ICN) in Colorado Springs, USA. with a purpose to bring healing and restoration to the nervous system of YWAM's body. Which is our communication within the mission. So this initiative is hoping to empower YWAM as a whole to communicate and stay connected in partnership with one another and stop isolation.
After much time of discussions and breaking into different work groups. I personally become more aware of those GAPS...that is existing in this world and somehow get into our mission. Just to name a few big one such as the gap of languages, cultures, financial stability and even the access to an information technology. All these gaps, somehow has become a stone wall that divides our mission. Communication is such a key to tear down these walls and bridge the gap.
It all come down to "RELATIONSHIPS" If we value relationships, we would value communication. It's always go hand in hand. Because God cares, that's why He sent His only begotten son to come and be a communicator for His love to all mankind. To bring healing, restoration and bridge the gap between God and man.
Understand value of Communication does help transformed my whole concept of what I do in this mission. As a graphic designer, sometimes I have this thought that "My job is less important than those that go out there preaching the Gospel in the front line." That's only come out of the Sacred vs Secular mindset. That's not biblical at all.
All that we do, do it as if unto the Lord. As part of the body, we do have roles and functions. Every single function is as equally as important. Can you imagine, the commandos who went out there without headquarters' support. The battle is already lost even before it started.
I am inspired, I am empowered. I now see the value in what I do for this mission so clearly. To come all the way to Africa just for this is absolutely worth it.
Thanks for all the great memories and sweet fellowship we have CRITters...stay in touch until our path crossed once more.
Our next YWAM CRIT annual meeting will be held in Asia. It's coming home!!