The Other Side of Ministry

By Donald Kutala

No one enjoys difficulty. I am yet to hear a person who prays for uncertainty, blockages and restrictions to happen as they serve God in what He has called them to do. In fact, even our Lord Jesus Christ cried to the Lord in that Gethsemane prayer, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39). Although serving the Lord is rewarding, the reality is it also comes with a price to pay! We read throughout the Bible of the great battles our forefathers went through to see the fulfilling of the promises of God! Does it mean we serve a God who likes to see us fight battles within ourselves? Or is our God not concerned with what we go through in our day to day lives? Not at all.

I believe that whatever God allows to happen in our lives works for the good as Paul puts it in Romans 8:28. We might not understand, but our God can never let us down. Think of certain decisions a parent might make to keep their child safe. Sometimes the child might take issue with these decisions because they simply cannot see that the parent is acting in their interest. Just like this unruly child, we must learn to trust our Father’s plan.

At NLWI, we are called to travel to nations to teach on Biblical Worship. In March 2020 however, our trips were prematurely aborted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also couldn’t host our Intensive Schools in August of 2020 because many countries were on lockdown. Even now in 2021, many concerns regarding covid still remain. However, while there are still many restrictions around the world, a lot of activities such as sports and businesses have resumed activities. So how about us? Should we remain content to serve people from the safety and comfort of our home? I do not believe so. This year at NLWI, we have resolved that no matter how difficult it is to travel in this season, we are going to Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya and Uganda and serve the children of God. We believe that as soon as we step out in faith and get on the plane, God will make a way. Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Missions are not always easy and enjoyable, but we believe obedience during the difficult times of ministry will result miracles beyond our imagination! Please pray for safe passage in all the countries we will visit, and for protection as we travel. This will be a challenging trip, but for the Lord we will NOT keep quiet! (Acts 4:20)

The flights alone for the upcoming trip are $7,000 – not to mention the huge costs of our team’s lodging, meals, ministry, expenses and COVID tests (at least 15!) We are trusting God to provide through His people! Want to be a part of the impact made through this trip? GIVE HERE