Frontline Shepherd’s Conference in Uganda

May 01, 2003 03:15 PM EDT

The recent breakdown of a ceasefire in northern Uganda causes anxiety for some, but hardens the resolve of others. Church leaders specifically, face longstanding challenges of discouragement. Global Advance's David Shibley just finished a Frontline Shepherd's Conference in Kampala, Uganda. He says meeting church leaders reveals hope and a determination to evangelize. "A literal decrease, statistically, in the ravaging AIDS epidemic is because of a very strong evangelical church throughout the nation. There is tremendous hope among the people now. There has been a wonderful cooperative relationship over the last several years between the government and the church." Shibley says the church leaders are filled with hope; what's more: "What was most encouraging to me was to see some 15-hundred of these pastors make a public commitment to plant at least one new church within the next year."

By Pauline J.