I like to think of myself as Mary (don’t we all), but oftentimes I am Martha in this story. I’m worried about so many things. I’m busy, hustling and running around trying to bless the Lord and serve the people and DO DO DO. None of these things are bad, in themselves. But they kept Martha from the feet of Jesus. And more often than I’d like to admit, they do the same for me.
I don’t know what I’m thinking.. how many people want to read about obedience, let alone think about it? And not only am I writing about obedience, but I’m doing a series on it. (Crazy, I know!) Read More
When they ask me “the” question: “When are you coming back exactly?”, and I don’t have a definite answer, I swallow hard to fight the emotions and I hear the questioning and doubt in their silence. Read More
How to be a missionary anywhere? Make introducing God to people a priority. That statement contains two prerequisites, which I’d like to briefly unpack by saying this: it’s difficult tointroduce two strangers, particularly when you don’t know either of them yourself. Read More
Do you ever have anyone who just rubs you the wrong way? You know who I’m talking about. That person at church who you feel is undermining you, someone in your family who you think wants to run your life for you, perhaps a ministry partner that doesn’t see things eye to eye with you? Or someone who demands all of your energy and attention? Read More
Maybe your realm of influence is small.. but so what? Isn’t one life worth giving it all for?
Jesus thought so.
And true success is not about quantity, but quality. Read More
Maybe some of you are perpetually poor or rich. For me, it comes in seasons. One season it seems the world around me is barren. No matter how hard I try, nothing is bearing fruit. Bills keep coming, but finances are squeezed further and further. The next season there is plentiful fruit and it seems like things are always going to be good and okay. There’s plenty for me to live and to give. (I stole that last line from my mom. It’s a prayer of hers to have enough to live and to give. I love that!) Read More
Being a missionary is challenging in many different areas. One of the biggest challenges for me has been asking for support.
My whole life I was taught not to beg, to work hard and to earn things for that hard work. Then I joined the mission field and it seemed like all of the things I had learned on how to survive in this world went out the window. Read More
Can I be honest? My heart is broken for the racial divides in the US these days. I never thought I would see the day where this type of chaos and division would happen. I don’t want to seem insensitive to the pain that has been beneath the surface for generations.
I have lived in Uganda for a long time now. My husband and son are Ugandan. My colleagues, my students and mentors alike here are Ugandan. I am definitely far removed from the streets of the US. So please don’t take this as insensitive. Please take this as what it is meant to be - a cry for unity in the Body of Christ from a fellow sojourner who desires to spread God’s heart of love to the nations (starting with this corner of East Africa where He has placed me). Read More
This week I would like to give an example of a local community outreach here that took place on Friday. I pray that it encourages you and stirs you to get up out of your pew and go reach the people in your own neighborhood and world!
Last Friday we loaded up Jesus Film equipment, snacks, and people into our car and headed into the bush. Like, really deep into the bush. The “road” that we traveled on was quite interesting. We knew we were in for an adventure! Read More
What is “The Church”?
Is it a building with four walls? Or are you that “building”?
The Church is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. You.
When Jesus walked this earth, He didn’t spend all of His time (or even most of it) in a building with the “righteous.” He walked the dirt roads of this world, He went into the red-light districts of His day. He touched, reached out, preached the Good News, healed the sick and hurting, and above all He loved. Read More
How women are defined by a culture affects the ways that they are permitted and encouraged to minister in their churches, homes, and communities.
We see throughout Scripture how valuable women are to God.
We see that not only does He notice us, lift us up and love us - but He equips us for good works in His kingdom!
You are an important part of His plan of redemption. You are not made simply to sit on the sidelines. We see from the two scriptures above that women were actively involved in ministry in the early Church: in the community/church (as Aquila AND Priscilla shared with Apollos), and in the home (as Lydia responded to the Gospel, brought the Gospel to her family, and later a church was started in her home that would impact many). Read More
Yesterday we met an amazing pastor named Sunday. Sunday has a heart to reach the people in remote villages where there are no churches. In just over a year, God has used him to plant seventeen churches. And he isn’t done yet. We met him through my friend Lois. It’s beautiful to see a local man doing this type of work. We had the privilege of meeting the leaders from these churches yesterday and holding a leadership training. People came from these far villages to gather together for encouragement in the Word. They are hungry to learn more so that they can better serve where God has placed them. Some of them are young believers themselves, and so there is much need for training and equipping. Read More
Last week I shared with a group of women about salvation and Jesus. These ladies are lifelong Catholics. They also happen to be inmates in the prison. You see, the normal group of women (those who know their own hopelessness and long to come to the Lord, and those who have surrendered their lives to Him) were all out working in the field. Those few who remained behind were so secure in religion without transformation that they couldn’t and wouldn’t hear the Good News that Jesus came to set them free. Read More
When you got saved, I bet it was unexpected. I bet you were going about your life, doing what you do, and Jesus stepped into your world, revealed His love and power, and changed the whole course of your life. Read More
I once knew a carpenter named Geoffrey. He was a good guy. He struggled with alcohol, though. He had a wife and several children. They were from South Sudan but had come down to make a life for themselves in Kitgum. He helped me whenever we needed something built. We developed a relationship and so he wouldn’t cheat me like some others did because of my skin color and speech. We shared with Geoffrey about the Lord many times, but he was hesitant. One day he did come to say he wanted to follow Jesus, and we were delighted. Shortly after that we had a team come. Read More
As we continue this topic of short-term missions, I hope you don’t think I’m being too harsh. If you didn’t before, you may when you read the next point. Please know that it’s all out of love. Please read with an open heart and understand that we are all still learning, growing, and being conformed more into the image of Christ. If you missed the last two posts, please check them out, as this is a continuation of the others. Read More
Last week we began this topic by looking at the first thing any of us must do before getting into ministry or mission work- check our hearts. If you didn’t read it, I would encourage you to check it out here: http://www.ericambasan.com/blog/short-term-mission-check-your-heart .
This week we move on to the next two points- learn from the mistakes and successes of others who have gone before. The operative word here is learn. It takes humility to recognize that you don’t know everything. Read More
So you want to go on a short-term missions trip. That’s awesome!
As someone who has lived on the field for quite a few years now, I appreciate short-term trips because that is how it all began for me. I see the value of them. But I also see the destruction that short term mission’s trips can bring. Really, you could be a great blessing where you go; or you can undo years of hard work. Wanna know how? Read on! Read More
Things will frustrate and confuse us; and in those times we need to remember WHY we do it. We already discussed two weeks ago that we do it in order to win some to salvation, but I’d like to take it a little bit deeper. Read More