The model that King’s Kids Africa will use in planting new churches will follow the work of its partner, RMBC, in the Mbale area of Uganda.
It will be up to the Presbytery to identify a need, select the land, and contract/administer the construction of the church and pastor’s home. King’s Kids Africa will provide the funds for the land, structures, pews, sound system and Bibles, and will work with the Presbytery to “promote” the new church. To do this, King’s Kids Africa will work through its Board of Directors and Advisory Board to identify churches in the U.S. who have a heart for missions and a willingness to come along side King’s Kings Africa on a short-term mission trip to Uganda. Generally, these teams will include 20-30 people, including pastors from the participating churches. The trips will be timed to coincide with the opening of the new church. Once in Uganda, the teams will engage in teaching, discipleship training, children’s ministries, and evangelism. However, the primary focus will be to go hut-to-hut through the surrounding villages to: (1) share the gospel message of Jesus Christ; and (2) extend an invitation to attend the new church.
Everyone from the mission team will be assigned a local translator (generally a pastor or a student from CBIT). Then, the teams (1 “missionary” and 1 translator each) will walk along dirt paths and through the fields to simple mud huts along the way. At each hut, the teams will introduce themselves and ask for the opportunity to speak with the families. Using a booklet (track) by Evantell titled: “May I Ask You a Question” (which is presented in both English and Swahili), the “missionaries” and their translators will share the gospel message. The people of Uganda generally have a sense of God, but have never been told about Jesus. However, once they hear the Word, families are usually very quick to join the “missionary” in praying the sinner’s prayer for salvation.
This is a beautiful experience that touches and changes the lives of everyone who comes.
In addition to the hut-to-hut evangelism, the team will also work with the Presbytery and the new church pastor to hold a “crusade” every evening of the week leading up to the “grand opening” of the new church. The crusades will include local gospel music and will feature testimonies and preaching from the mission team. For many of the “missionaries” this will be the first time they have shared their personal testimony. So, these evening crusades will not only reach out to the local people, who will one day become members of this new church, but will stretch the mission team in a way they have never experienced before.
Then comes Sunday and the “grand opening” of the new church. People come from all directions, appearing out of cornfields, to enter the new church. Generally the church is filled beyond capacity with some people standing by the windows looking in. The mission team gathers the children for a Sunday school lesson under the trees, where it is not uncommon to have more than 300 children in attendance. After the morning service and the dedication of the new church, all the guests are fed a lunch (with “meat”), which serves as a special treat.
After the service and the long goodbyes, the mission team starts their journey home – never to be the same again!