I’m currently sitting in Chicago airport awaiting a Turkish Airlines flight to Entebbe Uganda via Istanbul. I’m with a group from the Antioch Center for Training and Sending School (ACTS School) from IHOP. They have been in classes for the past three months and for most this is their first time to Africa in a missions context.
But why am I going with them? Well, a few months back we had a visit at IHOP from an award winning documentarian – Roger Ross Williams. They were following a missionary who had done an Internship at IHOP. At first I was very wary. We have had many media outlets at IHOP in the past few months (even this past week a reporter from the LA Times visited) most come without holding the same convictions of faith and many come to try and do some kind of expose on the “new religious right” or the New Apostolic Reformation. I have written previously on this, so I won’t spend any more time on these issues here. The previous documentary that Roger won his Oscar for was called Music by Prudence, which was an uplifting documentary about a disabled singer from Zimbabwe.
This documentary is called “God Loves Uganda” (you can find more about it here http://www.godlovesuganda.com) It is funded by HBO and BBC. At first due to the recent news furore over Uganda, I thought that we did not want to be involved in another project which invited controversy, however after spending time with crew, while I am aware that we do not currently hold the same faith convictions, I believe the motivations in creating this documentary are not to perpetuate polemical stereotypes of the Christian community. Which leads to the fact of why I am with this missions team. The documentary crew are following me and the team of “new missionaries” to a small House of Prayer in Eastern Uganda. After we arrive there I have hopes of coming back to Kampala to introduce the documentary team to some of the more mainstream Christian leadership in the capital.
So, I’m asking for your prayers (if you’re a Christian brother or sister) that I would have the right words to say, that this documentary would go in a direction that is both interesting and actually glorifies God. And that the documentary makers would actually come to life giving knowledge of Jesus.
Better get to the flight….