Thursday, August 07, 2003

There is a huge revival going on in Uganda Africa. The following excerpts are taken from the current issue of Pray magazine . “At 8am in the State House, people pray. The Parliament doesn’t want to discuss things until they pray. The Police are faxing prayer request to the judges. The crime rate is dropping --- down by 70 percent in some communities. At one point, AIDS in Uganda was at 33.3 percent. Today, AIDS has dropped to 5 percent.”

This revival came through devastation such as seen in few places in the world. In the 1970’s Idi Amin had upwards of 2 million people killed and all the Christian Church’s closed. A remnant of believers went into the jungle. They gathered in underground caves. In desperation they prayed, “Lord, we don’t know what to do. But You know.” These people prayed continuously. They prayed desperate, deep, consistent, groaning prayers, they never took no for an answer. They prayed, not for one month, one year, or five years, but until they got breakthrough.

Pastor Jackson Senyonga is a prayer leader and Senior Pastor at a 22,000 member church in Kapala, Uganda. This church has also planted 150 other churches. He is encouraging Americans to pray from desperation rather than waiting till devastation like they went through in Uganda.

Many statistics indicate that overall the Church in America is not doing very well.
• In proportion to the U.S. population, there are less than half as many churches today as there were in 1900.
• Roughly 4,000 churches are started each year while 7,000 die and close their doors.
• In 1991, 21 percent of all adults were un-churched. In 2002, 34 percent fit that description.
• The United States is the fourth largest un-churched nation in the world(behind China, India, and Indonesia)
• The average number of adults attending a Protestant church is 90. This represents a 10 percent decline from 1997 and 12 percent decline since 1992.

And what about the more subjective question of the church’s impact on society? Does anyone really believe that our culture is more like Christ than it was 10 years ago? Many Christians in America believe that we are in a “moral free fall” and that society is to blame. However I would agree with Henry Blackaby, who said, “If society as a whole seems to be getting darker and darker, it is not the problem of the darkness: the darkness is just acting like its nature. But it is that the light no longer dispels the darkness, and the salt no longer preserves. It time for the light to say, if things are darker, the problem is with us. Notice how 2nd Chronicles 7:14 begins by saying “If my people” Not if the unbelievers. "If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. "

Final words from Pastor Jackson Senyonga of Uganda,

“In America, we seem to want things quick, big and cheap. It’s the drive through mentality: “Give it to me now and super size it for 99 cents.” So we close our eyes and repeat with the pastor, “Lord Jesus, send revival.” We want it without obedience, sacrifice, inconvenience, or discomfort. But the Bible says to seek Him earnestly. Seeking means praying until you get an answer, disciplining yourself to keep on until you find what you’re looking for.”