- Written by Mark and Megan Mantey Mark and Megan Mantey
- Created: 04 December 2018 04 December 2018
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.Titus 1:9
If you happen to be in Eastern Uganda and drive by the Lutheran Theological College Uganda in December, you will notice a difference. Final exams are finished, students have traveled home to their various regions and the instructors who are there on a weekly basis are now in their own regions focused on the local ministry. It is now quiet at the seminary.
Yet, this is wonderful news! This means that men are now sent out. The second-year students are three semesters into their seminary training and the first-year students have successfully completed their first semester. We praise God for this!
During the closing worship service, Bishop Charles Bameka preached on Titus 1, and focused on verse nine. He encouraged the men that as they go home, reconnect with family, celebrate Christmas and, most importantly, participate in the ministry efforts in their regions, they hold firm to the trustworthy message they have been taught.
These are encouraging words to the seminary students. They know the work before them is challenging, yet they are empowered and strengthened by what they have learned at the seminary. They also know the Holy Spirit goes before them as they evangelize and teach. The men also know they are not alone in their efforts and are encouraged by the pastors and deans that guide and lead them.
We are thankful for these men, that they continue to answer the call as they are sent out to serve. We are grateful they get to put knowledge into practice during the Christmas break, and can also get rejuvenated for the upcoming semester after the new year. Please keep them in your prayers as they continue to grow, learn and serve in the Lutheran Church of Uganda.
Home service is the opportunity for missionaries to reconnect with sending congregations and to share about the ministry in Uganda with other congregations and groups. We are thankful for this opportunity to visit and reconnect with those who have stepped out in faith to support the Lord’s work in Uganda through our hands. We’re grateful to be your missionaries!
While on home service from December through February, we will share about the different aspects of the Lord’s work in Uganda, including our work at the seminary, a snapshot of daily ministry in the Lutheran Church of Uganda, and the people we get to walk alongside in life and ministry. In East Africa, greetings are very important. So we have many greetings to share with those that daily pray for us and continue to send us out. We are privileged to carry a message of encouragement and gratitude as we update on what the ongoing support from people means to us.
Mark and Megan Mantey serve the Lord through The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod as career missionaries in Uganda. Mark serves as the project manager for the seminary, and Megan is the seminary’s instructor of Christian education and counseling. You can follow their work at www.facebook.com/MissionMindedManteys.