Men’s Mission Trip to Africa (August 2017)
(Team Members: Ted Brockmann, Jeremy Brockmann, Dan Lenhart, Nate Lenhart)
The team left from Seattle for Africa. We took with us 10 tubs of supplies and sound equipment. The supplies consisted of 140 audio bibles in 14 languages, 76 water purifiers, 75 hand-made dresses, school supplies, tents, mattress, sleeping bags and other miscellaneous supplies for the ministry; all to be used for God’s glory.
After almost a 30 hour journey the team arrived safely in Kampala, Uganda. The team was tired, but filled with joy and anticipation for the opportunity to dwell with our co-laborers in Africa for a couple weeks.
The team rested some from the long journey and helped Pastor Martin and Suzan (Admin Coordinator) organize the supplies we brought by coordinator and ministry region. We also spent some time with Pastor (Pr.) Martin, Pr. Jeffery and others visiting at the Harvest Church Fellowship Kibuli in Kampala. Pr. Martin is the senior Pr. at this church and the team was excited to see the construction work happening on the church expansion. On any given Sunday and throughout the week, the church is full of people and is in need of more space. We thank God that he is supplying the resources to expand their territory.
The team traveled north with Pr. Martin, Pr. Samuel and Walter (our driver) to Nebbi, in NW Uganda. Nebbi is very close to the Nile river. It was about an 8 hour journey. Upon reaching our designation, the team was greeted with singing, dancing and praise by the village people. They were very glad to see us and it was a humbling experience for the team to witness. Pr. Christopher is the Harvest Vision coordinator in the Nebbi area (Pr. Samuel who traveled with us is his eldest brother and grew up in the village also).
The team had the opportunity to witness an open air crusade at a popular market close to Nebbi(hundreds were at the market). The ministry team from Nebbi set-up sound equipment on a small hill close to the market and then the WA team joined them in prayer before the outreach. After the prayer, the outreach continued with worship music, praise and preaching. We were invited to share a word from the Lord, and most of our team shared. The outreach ended with a call to accept Christ and 35 people accepted the invitation (praise the Lord!). Before the outreach ended, the new believers were discipled individually and encouraged to get involved with a local church body. It was an amazing event to watch and the team felt privileged to be part of it. The team learned a lot about outreach and we were excited for the new salvations.
Later that afternoon we attended the end of a Pastors conference in the town of Nebbi and each of our team members shared a word of encouragement with the local Pastors.
The team spent most of the day in the village where Pr. Christopher lives. There was a church service in the village, which mainly consisted of a children’s program. The Fountain of Hope children (primarily young orphans) sang songs and the older kids (early teens) performed a skit. It was great seeing how much these kids love Jesus. The team brought individual bags of school supplies for the younger Fountain of Hope children that were prepared by Harvest Kids in Washington. The kids that received these gifts for very, very happy. Most of the team from Washington had the opportunity to share God’s word at the service.
After the service, Pr. Martin and Pr. Christopher demonstrated to the villagers how to properly use one of the water purifiers, and the hand-made dresses we brought were given to the girls.
The team spent the night in the village and it was our first experience sleeping in a mud-hut. It was a great day and night in the village.
The team left early to return to Kampala. Since this day was designated just for travel, we took a couple extra hours and went through the Murchison National Park. We saw giraffes, elephants, lions, wart-hogs and other animals. We also stopped by a large and powerful waterfall close to the Nile river. God’s creation is amazing. Team arrived safely back in Kampala.
The team attended Sunday morning service at Harvest Church Fellowship in Gayaza (suburb of Kampala). Pr. Ricky is the senior pastor and started this church about a year ago, under the direction of Pr. Martin. There were approximately 70 people in attendance and they meet in a small school building. The team all shared a word from the Lord and it was a great time in the house of God. After the service, Pr. Ricky asked the team if we would pray for a boy who was sick with cancer. The family lives next to the church and we spent some time encouraging and praying for the boy and his family.
Later that afternoon the team rested some and then fellowshipped with Pr. Martin, his wife Beatrice and their household family.
The team joined the Africa outreach team (led by Suzan) doing street ministry. We started by leaving Pr. Martin’s house and walked down the road and stopped when the Spirit led us to tell people about Jesus. While we visited with different people and shared the love of Jesus with them, the Spirit primarily told us to visit auto mechanic shops. We visited four different mechanic shops and most people were open to hearing the gospel. At the end of the outreach, 22 people accepted Jesus (the angels and Heaven rejoiced with us!).
After the outreach, we attended a Comfort Africa children’s service at Harvest Church Fellowship Kibuli in Kampala. The church was full with over 100 kids in attendance. Suzan and the rest of the team were excited to see so many children. The team from Washington shared a word of God with the children and Nate Lenhart ended the service with the children gathering in groups and praying for each other. It was a great time in the house of the Lord.
The team left with Pr. Martin to visit with Pr. Jonathan in Mokuno (Madelyn’s House). Pr. Jonathan oversees the Canaan Foundation orphanage and school and also pastors a local church next to the property. Along with all these responsibilities, he houses 20-30 people at his small home, many who are orphans.
The school and orphanage is doing well, but they have little money and currently don’t have money to pay their teachers. We visited with some of the teachers, and they are very humble people and choose to stay at the school for room and board, but for no money. There are many needs in Africa; this is just one example of those needs…the team witnessed many times throughout the trip people giving sacrificially for others and the Kingdom.
After a small meal at Pr. Jonathan’s home, he gave us a tour of his farm (next to Lake Victoria) and then we prayed with him before our departure. It was a good time of encouragement and fellowship.
The team traveled to Mbale, in E Uganda with Pr. Richard and George (driver) from Kampala. Along the way we stopped and visited Pr. Margaret in Nansanga. Pr. Margaret seems to be doing well and her church is growing. It was encouraging to see the sound equipment given to her son 2 ½ years ago for ministry purposes is still being used. Before arriving in Mbale, the team attended a service at Harvest Church Fellowship in Kadama and a couple team members shared a word of encouragement with the body.
Before resting at a local guest house in Mbale, the team shared a meal and fellowship with Pr. Billy and Teddy.
The team traveled from Mbale to Nalidi school and orphanage to visit with Pr. Patrick. Pr. Patrick oversees the school, orphanage and pastors a local church in the area. Upon arriving at Nalidi, Pr. Patrick was excited to show us the borehole (water well) that was operational with the money Harvest Vision Ministries sent him. After spending some time at Nalidi, the team left and shared a meal with Pr. Patrick and his family (at their home).
Later that evening the team attended Pr. Billy’s church in Mbale. Everyone on the team shared from the word of God and we could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. There are currently between 400-500 people attending Sunday services and throughout the week, and the church is growing (praise God!). After the service, the team returned to Pr. Billy and Teddy’s home for fellowship and a meal.
The team traveled back to Kampala. On the way back, our driver George wanted to stop and visit his mom and others in the village where he grew-up. Upon arriving in George’s home village, we were greeted with clapping, hugs and dancing. The villagers were very happy to see us and certainly happy to see George. While fellowshipping in the village, Pr. Richard felt led to share the gospel and four people accepted Christ before we left (more rejoicing in Heaven).
Upon arriving back in Kampala, Pr. Richard showed us the church he started about a year ago. He shared with us that God told him to leave his previous church and start a new church in Kampala, and he abided by the Master’s call. The church started with only Pr. Richard and one other person gathering on Sunday morning to pray and fast and today 75 people attend his services.
Before saying our good-byes to our friends and co-laborers in Africa for Christ, the team was invited to attend Kennedy and Joan’s wedding. Kennedy is the Harvest Vision equipment outreach coordinator and Joan has worked at the Harvest Vision bridal shop….they are both special people and love the Lord. It was a special day for the team to witness their wedding and be part of the celebration.
After the wedding, the team traveled back to Washington.
It was an amazing trip with much fruit for the Kingdom both in Africa and back in the U.S.A. If anybody reading this would like more information about Africa and how they can possibly support the ministry, you may contact me (Ted Brockmann) at 360-391-4413 or email@example.com.