I am finding that the scripture found in Philippians 4:13, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me, is very apropos to my life and living as things have become much different and more difficult for me than they have been in the past. I suppose it is the revelation of the scripture in II Corinthians 4:7, But we have this treasure in earthen vessels… how would I apply that in my situation? Well, for one, I am much older and see death in the physical sense becoming more evident in its working in me …that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. I feel the energy level that once was so seemingly inexhaustible, now being depleted and the time-frame needed to recharge is becoming longer and it never actually comes back to its original state. Much like the battery in your cell phone, the more you use it, the less of it there is available in the charge; …cast down, but not destroyed. Not to mention that as my body seemingly reaches that critical state of changelessness; it begins to shut down non-essential systems in order to maintain some spark. I am finding myself in situations and circumstances involving the Church and the state of people’s lives and living conditions that create a stress level for me beyond my ability to cope with it; troubled on every side. I trust that in the course of time the rest of that scripture will also be true, as well as evident; …yet not distressed. I am finding that it is much harder to maintain my focus on the primary objective in the midst of the demands and turmoil that are all around me and in me; …perplexed. I awoke the other day with the song resonating in my soul, “Lord, give me the strength I need that I may overcome.” In the context of this thought, that the rest of that verse will be a visible reality of my being; …but not in despair. My current state of life affairs is something that I am beginning to look at from a different perspective, not something to be upset over, or for that matter, something to fight against or resent. It is more in the realization that I am in need of a deeper, more intimate and personal relationship with the source of Life, the living water, and the source of resurrection power. I am finding that my heart, my cry, my burden, my perspective must be the same as that word that was spoken by Paul in Romans 7:24, O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. As I am meditating upon this thought, I am beginning to wonder how the revelation that God has given me on LIGHT and darkness can be applied; it would seem to me that there is something of an authority in it that has to be applied to this situation. I will leave it here for your thoughts and meditation on the subject.
In my last visit with you I was in the Nairobi Airport Lounge which, by the way, had just undergone a major remodeling. It was done quite well I have to say. I was very appreciative for the changes as it made my very long layover there, eleven hours, much more bearable. I had also said that up to that point travel had gone pretty smoothly, which was very true. But I should learn not to be presumptuous in my thinking about the environment in which I am when it is not under my control, especially if I have not reached the end of my journey. Well, as it turned out, we boarded as scheduled and were all set to taxi when we noticed that there was a mechanic who kept climbing up on the wing to check something out. The end result was that they deplaned us and told us that we would have to fly on another airplane. Praise God, three hours later, which was now 9 PM; we were taken to another plane and boarded and managed to fly. One could be upset over the time factor for, at this point; I had already been traveling for almost 48 hours. But I am not opposed to God saving my life. PTL! I arrived in Entebbe without any further difficulty; managed to get through customs without problems, and PTL my luggage all arrived intact. There were two brothers there from a fellowship here in Kampala, who graciously transported me to Sister Biri’s place. It was a welcome sight for me and as I settled down in my bed at 2 AM after a very nice, warm shower, my last parting thought was that the “mercies of God are new every morning.”
Wednesday, March 22, 2012, 6 AM
ARISE (from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you–rise to a new life)! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1)
I have to say that I like Uganda. There is a sense in the spirit that I have concerning it that suggests the favor of God toward the country and its people. There is the possibility of something to be established here and used for the advancement of the Gospel in this part of East Africa. There are many impressions that come, and it is hard sometimes to determine the order or sequence of them and just what it is that God is saying, but it is very clear to me the sense in the Spirit and the desire of God for this place. There has been much blood shed in this country, for it has a history of blood and death, and much of it innocent blood. It has, I am told, one of the largest populations of orphaned children and one of the major contributors to it is AIDS and the HIV virus. It would seem that there is much here that we as a people of God are becoming responsible for. James 4:17, Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. I trust that you will not misunderstand my thinking, for what we are involved with and what it is that we do, it must be done in the context of the environment of the apostolic word that we have received and the charge of urgency that is upon it for this hour that we live in.
The plan for the day was that I would be traveling with Brother Wilson and his wife (they are the contacts that we have for Uganda) to a place that was about 2 ½ hours northeast of Kampala to two small villages; one is called Luamata Village and the other is called Mtwetwe Village. It would be there that I would join up with Brother Ebere and Brother Chijioke who had arrived 2 days before me. When we arrived there, the brothers had switched hotels to one that was called the Gracious Hotel; after seeing the one that they were in previously, I have to say I was quite glad for the change. The accommodations were pleasant although I had no hot water; but it was water for which I was very grateful. I hope that you do not think that I am complaining, but rather I want those of you who wish to come to know that the environment is not always going to be what you are used to.
We arrived in Jiboga town early enough that we were able to travel with the brothers to the village of Mtwetwe Village. The building was quite simple but adequate for the purpose that it was being used for and it was packed with people. The meeting for that day would go from 10 AM in the morning to 5 PM that evening and we would have another full day of meetings on tomorrow. There were three of us that would be sharing the word. There was myself, Brother Chijioke, and Brother Ebere. It was determined that I would go first. Next we would have a short break after the second meeting and then we would be served dinner after the last meeting of the day. I have to say that it was a very, very good day. There are many people here who seem to be quite hungry for the Word of God and for something more of the reality of God and the thing that He desires to do with a people who will submit themselves to the process. I was a bit surprised at the action of the “pastors” as many of them seem to be genuinely interested in what we are bringing. It seems that, at this time, they are willing to try and work out the mechanics of what it will take for the change from church to body to happen. It will be interesting to see what happens.
On Thursday we changed the meeting venue; instead of traveling to Mtwetwe Village, we would now be meeting at the site of an orphanage in the Luamata Village area. As I have mentioned to you before, the country has a huge number of orphans. I was told that 50% of the population is under 15 years of age. Is it any wonder that God would bring this message to this land? There are a number of scripture verses that come to us when we begin to think about God’s thoughts and the intent of His heart when it involves children, and it would seem to me that He takes their lives and their future quite seriously; I believe that we should also. We would have meetings there all day Thursday and Friday, and then travel back to Kampala that evening. The meeting went very well, although the environment of the place was a bit stiff and a bit harder to break through. It was a meeting primarily for the benefit of the leaders of the church (the pastors) of that area and the surrounding villages. The message was quite clear and the word “come out of her, My people, and touch not the unclean thing” was very strong. There was also a word on Babylon and the robbing of God in the affections of the people. There was a question and answer time as well as a time for different ones to respond. At the end of the day, concerning this excursion into the countryside of Uganda, I believe it went very well. It will be interesting to see what will have developed when we return.
I think that I have given you enough for now. There is much that can be said and more that I will be able to share with you as time and energy permits. We very much appreciate all of your prayers and supplication; without your participation this effort would a quite impossible. Please continue in your labor of love toward us and the people to whom we have been sent.
May God’s Blessing & Favor be with you always,
Brother Burt Asbill
PO BOX 955, Mahomet, IL 61853