Monday, February 20, 2006

Über Christ Followers – Part 13 – Rob Douglass

I met Rob Douglass in Kampala, Uganda when I was serving short term with Far Reaching Ministries heading for South Sudan. Rob was my host and guide for a few short days in Kampala.

Rob is several years younger than I am, but his life impacted me in a way that only happens when someone is experienced, seasoned, and humble.

That’s what I want to be.

When Rob was a new believer, he went to Bible College in Southern California. He didn’t take the courses for credit, he audited them. He took what he learned from the Bible about going into all the world, and did it. He went.

When he didn’t know where to go, the Lord impressed heavily upon him that he needed to serve and minister to refugees of the Sudan’s Civil War. So he gathered a team from the church his brother pastors and went.

Rob is an evangelist. He’s not shy about sharing his faith. He’s not obnoxious about it and definitely culturally sensitive and aware. But Rob evangelizes not with just words, argument, or debate. Rob’s life draws people to the Lord.

While Rob was working in Uganda, at a refugee camp set up by the UN, he was observed hanging laundry by someone who practiced Islam. This regular household chore performed to keep a household running was observed by this Muslim as a loving act of service to Rob’s wife. This would never happen in a Muslim household. As a white, Christian missionary in Uganda, Rob’s life was on display. What was observed was a heart, not words; a life, not an argument. Rob has a reputation of a man that loves with actions first, words second. This is why he had converts through his ministry.

“A healthy tree produces good fruit, and an unhealthy tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.” –Matthew 7:17, 18

1 comment:

Chris Goeppner said...

i have had the oportunity to hang out with rob a couple of times. he is such an ispiration and he is who he is. its refreshing to meet guys who get it and do it.