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Hut to Hut Evangelism

20 February 2010 50 Comments

When I picture traveling evangelists, I usually imagine a bike, a crisp white shirt, and a perfectly tailored answer concerning salvation.  That, or a sweaty purple suit shouting something about fire, hell, and brimstone.  Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would become the very thing that I do not have a particularly good taste for.  In my mind, door-to-door evangelism was not only ineffective, but was intrusive, and certainly not the Lord’s plan for me.  One would think that seven months on the race would rid me of planning my own life for myself…but I guess I still have more to learn on the subject.
This month my team is in a tiny town in Uganda.  We have no electricity or water, and are camping out in our tents indoors because the bugs are just that bad.  In the midst of these conditions, my team has one directive – evangelize.  We began last week giving a whole new meaning to door-to-door evangelism, because when I say we are in a tiny town in Uganda, I mean tiny. We basically go into the bush every day and share the Good News to every hut that we encounter.   Enter: my cynical mind and skeptical spirit and you have a perfect combination for Spirit-stifling.  However, I decided at the beginning of the month that I am in Uganda doing evangelism right now because that’s what I was created to do.  God created me specifically for a purpose, and if I believe that he has good plans for me, then Uganda is part of those plans.  So I decided that no amount of doubt would prevent me from bringing Kingdom to these tiny huts in this tiny village.   We split off each day into small groups with our translators and preach the Gospel to anyone who has ears.  Each day has its own challenges – one day it’s a resistant Muslim woman, another day it is a husband preventing his wife from faith, yet another day brings translation issues – it seems like no amount of preaching will ever get done….and yet, somehow, at the end of the day, I am amazed at how many people confessed with their mouth that Jesus is Lord.  One would think that I would have learned the lesson of the simple Gospel(Insert Could It Be That Simple) back in Kenya, but I am nothing if not stubborn.

Each day God continues to show me how much he loves the people of this world.

My heart skips a beat every time I get to say with a Muslim “I believe that Jesus is God and he is the only true God”.

I am constantly amazed at the size of the harvest and vastly ashamed that the workers so few.

I grow increasingly grateful as I present the Gospel and trust that, “at that time, it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” (Matthew 10:19).

And I am boldly walking in the promise of God, “Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance.” (Psalm 2:8).

Look out huts – I am evangelizing.


  • Christy said:

    You were so created for this time and place sweet Jennifer. I think God always takes what we deem our most useless and sometimes ugliest and turns it into something amazing. As only He can do. I have learned so much through you and this journey. I often felt the same way about evangelizing.

    I am so excited that you are in Uganda! A piece of my heart is there…it belongs to a sweet little girl named Catherine who is my Compassion child. Two years she has been a part of my life.

    I cannot help but think of you and her and the chance you could meet in a small village and not even know 🙂

    Praying for you as always.

    7 months? WOW! How you have grown my cousin. He is doing such an amazing work in YOU.

    I ? You.

  • Christy said:

    That question mark should be a heart! haha!

    I <3 YOU!

  • mom said:

    So wonderful to hear your voice today! I am so proud of you and feel as if we are, somehow, living this race through you. Getting just a taste of the people, the land, the hearts…

    Stay strong…I love you!

  • Janice McGraw said:

    Hi sweet Jen,
    How wonderful to read your words. You encourage me so much. God’s plans have been formed even before the womb. He knew when you would be evanglizing from hut to hut He has prepared the way for you to reach people for his kingdom. You have deligently followed God’s heart and have answered hie Call for you at this present time. I am so proud of you and your love for your Father. Your are a precious child of God.
    I am praying for you and I love you very much.
    Love Aunt Janice

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