IMFC’s Manna Ministry reaches out to the neediest of the needy both physically and spiritually. I experienced this for the first time back in 2006 when I visited Uganda with my church from Alabama. To be honest, I was pretty skeptical of short-term missions, but I prayed about that trip and ended up going on it. Little did I know how it would change my life!
When working on the ground with IMFC, it clicked: “Hey, this is what Jesus did when he was on Earth – he helped the needy in both physical and spiritual ways!” My heart had been captured; I know that was God’s intention and he was smiling when that happened. I realized that one thing that had troubled me was the idea of just helping people spiritually in a place where there’s so much physical need – it turned my stomach. The flip-side of that also wouldn’t work for me – I couldn’t just help people physically and not want them to have what I have – a life amazingly transformed by God through Christ. So IMFC’s Manna Ministry was a perfect fit for me. (Aggie must have thought it was pretty good too, since that’s where I met her. Sometimes I see goosebumps on her arms when she’s sharing the gospel with people!)
The rest is history. I’ve been here 8 years now. At first, I just saw a mass of people when I was out & about – as if somehow everyone was the same; I think it was a way for my brain to cope with the huge differences in lifestyle and culture here. At some point though, I started seeing individuals – whether out in the slums, or driving in the car. And I liked it! I love connecting with people and so does Aggie. That’s why we love visiting the Manna Ministry recipients in their homes. The slums have a way of fading out and you just see the people, and they’re all different. It’s amazing to see how the Holy Spirit works: helping someone in a real physical need – showing by action that you really care – often results in them opening their heart to you. Then you sit down and talk…person-to-person…often having the opportunity of sharing God’s freeing truth with them, and many times even seeing God draw them to Christ. It’s a beautiful thing! – Simon.