7819. That’s the number of miles (according to Google) between Auburn, Alabama, and Buloba, Uganda.
You would think that number was a barrier between people who live that far apart. You would think that the distance and cost of travel would be too great for a genuine relationship to be established. You would think that a church in east Alabama and a church in southern Uganda could never REALLY impact each other. You would think
But, I’m reminded of the verse in Proverbs 19:21 that says, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Thankfully, God’s purpose has fully prevailed in bringing together two churches and communities, that are 7819 miles apart, in a lasting relationship. His plan has made a beautiful partnership out of Cornerstone and Buloba Community Church. His global perspective has united people from different countries and cultures around the common goal of transforming a community with the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
This partnership that our church shares with Buloba in many ways is made possible because of our friend Patrick Sserunjogi. Patrick is a very important part of our church family and the ministry that is taking place in and around Buloba. He was one of the important factors that gave me confidence to begin a partnership with Buloba in the beginning.
Some things to know about Patrick…
He is 40 years old. He and his wife, Sarah, have been married for 13 years. Mark is 12, Martha is 8, and twins Micah and Matthew are 2 years old. He started a ministry called “Bridge Africa” that helps churches like ours do missions in Uganda. He is also a Deacon at his home church, Ggaba Community Church. His favorite American foods are steak, pork chops, barbecue, lemonade and ice cream. He would even eat a pork chop for breakfast. Of course, his favorite American college football team is Auburn!!
Patrick is here in Auburn as I write this post. He will be here until December 4,2013. He had a great start to his trip by attending the Auburn/Georgia football game on Saturday. He witnessed all the craziness and, of course, “The Immaculate Deflection” (thanks John Biblis)! Much of his time is being spent in various meetings helping us plan for future trips and continuing to learn the ways of Cornerstone. He is also staying with different families in our church, getting re-connected with old friends, and making some new ones. He will be speaking at our Hamilton Road site this Sunday at all three services. He has an amazing story you won’t want to miss! I hope you get to see and talk with Patrick. He is doing a great work for the Kingdom of God, and we want to overwhelm him with love and encouragement while he’s here. Go here to watch a video telling more about Patrick’s story.
By the way, 7819 is a mere number when God’s spirit compels people to come together in love and a vision to reach people with the hope of Jesus Christ! There is no distance too big to keep God’s will from being done.