Gospel teaching transforms in Uganda, pray for the Edgings
From Steven and Brooke Edging, MTW Uganda:
Africa needs Reformation theology. It needs gospel basics. During my time in Uganda, it’s abundantly clear, that it needs a reformation. The common, everyday theology in Uganda is often heretical.
Oh, and Happy 500th Anniversary to the Reformation. In case you didn’t know, October 31 marked the 500th year since Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of a Wittenberg church. This event put into motion the important event known as the Reformation. It called the church back to gospel basics. It is rightly celebrated as one of the most important events in church history.
The question remains, who will spark a reformation back to gospel basics in Africa. My prayer, and I hope you join me, is that the students at Westminster Christin Institute Uganda and African Bible University will lead the charge.
Having students understand you can’t buy, with good works, favor with God is a wonderful thing.
Seeing the change:
In a class review, one student said he learned that good works cannot save. This student is now getting a Bachelor’s degree in theology and planning to plant a church. He will be able to articulate gospel basics to people. They will understand the true grace of God. Oh what a simple but glorious thing.
It is no small thing for students to understand gospel basics. In Uganda, a lot of the most famous ‘pastors’ teach a version of the prosperity gospel. 1 Peter 2:24 is one of the most misused passages in Uganda. My students said that many say the verse is about physical healing and that if you are in Christ then you do not need to suffer. This is the exact opposite of what the passage teaches.
Students hear erroneous, heretical teaching like this growing up. Many drink it in and think that prosperity in this life is what Christianity is all about. A few semesters ago, one student raised his hand and said that as of that day, he was no longer for the prosperity gospel. Talking about grace, faith, and other gospel basics from Genesis helped him see the true grace of God. He is now graduated and leading people.
The reason for teaching:
This is why I teach. This is why, even today, I grade papers and enter grades onto a grade sheet. This is why I plan. This is what excites me. I get to explain gospel basics and more to students every week. I get to tell of the wonders of Jesus Christ and the free grace He offers, not only for salvation but for all of life. I am only a small part of their education, but I love my part. The students are on the front lines and they will tell many more of these gospel wonders.
- Please pray for me as I teach and we near the end of the semester. Please pray for the students who will go out and proclaim Christ throughout East Africa.
Family Update, pray for the Edgings next steps:
Over 4 years ago we arrived in Uganda with 2 kids and 19 some bags. Now we return on our HMA (furlough) with 4 kids and 18 bags.
God has done some great things. I have taught around 17 classes. God has used me to proclaim the gospel of grace to many pastors and ministry leaders. They then go on to proclaim it to many more.
- Several guys have gone or will go out to plant churches. They have worked with me and God has called them to plant churches. Please continue to pray for these men.
With the arrival of the end of our first term, we have to make a decision about where our next term will be. Through fasting and prayer, we have decided we will not return to Uganda. This was not an easy decision. The unforeseen loss of a once promising ministry and the desire to be better equipped for missionary service are the main motivations for this decision.
So what is next for us? To be honest, we don’t know for sure. There are a couple of options and one certainty. The sure thing is that we will depart Uganda on December 13th and be in the States until June 23, 2018. The latter date is when our HMA is up.
The first option is to find another field. We have spoken with many people looking for the right fit for us & will continue to look while on HMA. Other options are available to us as we seek to be better equipped for missionary service. One includes suspending our field service and pursuing pastoral experience and possible further education for me. The purpose here would to give me vital experience and the qualifications to teach at more places.
What does this mean for you? Well, pray! Please do that. If we suspend our field service, we will let you know. At a minimum we will be with MTW through June 23.
- Please pray for our transition. Pray that we say goodbye well, that we sell all our stuff, and that God would make clear our next step.
- Please pray for our children as they too share in the grief of this decision.