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My "Ebenezer Moment" in Uganda

The prophet Samuel named a memorial stone Ebenezer ("stone of help"), saying, "Till now the Lord has helped us" (1 Sam. 7:12). Recently I had an "Ebenezer moment" when a visitor returned after five years to see the work of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Mbale. Through his eyes, I was reminded of the great things that God has done in Mbale, and I was encouraged not only to give praise to the Lord of the harvest for what he has done, but also to focus on the path ahead and what he will do.

Since 2004, we have been able to purchase a piece of property, fence it, and build an access road, a library, a classroom, and a dormitory for Knox Theological College (KTC). The Mbale Station of the Uganda Mission has grown to include three ministers and a deacon. KTC now has its own facility and attracts students from Kenya as well as Uganda. These tangible blessings are reminders of God's kindness over the years, but they only facilitate our ministry. We train indigenous church leaders, with the goal of seeing Christ Jesus build up a Ugandan church that is nurturing disciples, proclaiming his glory, and faithfully shepherding Christ's bride (while continuing to train the faithful shepherds). Read more

The Challenge for the Gospel in Uruguay

When I was introducing our prospective ministry in Uruguay to your churches during our furlough last year, I often made the statement that, as far as we knew, Margaret and I were the first Presbyterian missionaries to set foot in Uruguay. But after doing some research during our Spanish-language studies in Montevideo, I need to retract that statement.

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A Place for Retreat

From its conception in 1998, Machen Retreat and Conference Center has been a place that accommodates the church of Jesus Christ in many ways. There are, however, three ways that stand out. Two of them are bound up in its name. It is a retreat center and a conference center. The third is not in the name, but it is also an important part of MRCC: it is a family vacation spot.

These three things are different, but each is beneficial to individual Christians, families, and groups of believers. Among these three uses of MRCC, there is one that deserves a fresh look today, and that is its use as a retreat center. Read more

Unconditional Election

Dear James,

I never thought I'd say this, but Calvinism is becoming popular and attracting a following. This is especially true among Americans your age. A recent story in Time magazine ran with the headline that Calvinism is one of ten ideas "changing the world right now." Read more

 
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