Extra, Extra

Bakers Posted by Paul and Tania Baker on Wed, 15 Oct 2014 | 4 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Some friends back in Northern Ireland have become involved in the Belfast’s booming film industry. They are getting involved as Extras in some of the latest blockbuster movies and TV series’. This involves some training in stage sword-fighting, dressing up in questionable clothing and growing even more questionable facial hair. Being in the background may not be too glamorous but they are an essential component for these productions.

Being a movie extra may not seem at all related to our work here in this Ugandan bush hospital, but the parallels are significant. We are here to help develop the people we’re working with. We do this through training staff, project planning and pretty much getting alongside people – encouraging them and building their capacity to run this hospital more effectively.

In essence, in my opinion, we should be considered ‘Extras’ here in Kiwoko. The Ugandan staff should have the leading roles – whether they are nurses, gardeners, engineers, cooks… As Mission Partners here we should be continually trying to step back. With God as the Director, Producer and Writer, knowing when Extras are needed and when they are not. That is my understanding of how this development work can succeed.

However, when it comes to the Gospel and telling people that God is here and He loves them and wants to be their friend – we should not step back. Everyone has a responsibility to tell people this good news. In Kiwoko we shouldn’t be taking over or trying to do mission in our ‘western’ way. We should support and add to the good work that is going on. But none of us should be Extras in the building of God’s Kingdom.

This should be a global idea. In your Church you should not consider yourself an Extra, with your Pastor/Rev/Minister playing the lead role – we all have a major part to play. This could be having a cup of tea with your elderly neighbour once a week, holding a Bible study in your home or being part of an outreach team to tell the people in your community about Jesus.

You don’t have to be ordained to lead people to Jesus – we have all been commissioned by Jesus himself to make disciples (Matt 28v19-20). It’s time to step up and take a leading role in building the Kingdom.



Lorraine graham said Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:20AM
What a great blog Paul, the Lord has given you much wisdom.Your insights are wonderful, put that on u tube. God bless you three
Gillian Maganda said Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:31PM
Excellent blog Bakers! Praying for you all xo
Jane Corbett said Mon, 24 Nov 2014 03:07PM
Paul that is a really wonderful blog! Wise and challenging words. Look forward yo seeing you all next week.

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