July 12th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Pastor to wounded missionaries in Uganda: 'God is bigger than any evil'

People watch the World Cup final at a restaurant in Kampala late on July 11, moments before blasts tore through the crowds.

The Rev. Kathleen Kind leads the Pennsylvania congregation that saw five missionaries injured in yesterday's Uganda bombings. She spoke with CNN Monday morning about the condition of the injured and about how the incident would affect future missions at the 500-member Christ Community United Methodist Church in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.

What’s the latest on the injured missionaries from your church?

Those injured are receiving medical treatment and a number of them are en route to other hospitals for more specific or higher quality medical services. Everybody is alive and everybody is stable. We had six people in our group and five of them were injured, some seriously. Some of the wounds involve broken bones and shrapnel. The State Department, the consulate and the General Board of Global Ministries, an agency of the United Methodist Church, are all working together to provide as much care as necessary for our team members.

What kind of work were the missionaries doing?

The group was on a four-week mission, doing some building and evangelism-type work, meeting with small groups and a women’s retreat and children. We have a sister congregation there, Bwaise Pentecostal Church, and our folks were working with them on a construction project. We had 14 people there. Eight came home last week and six had stayed because they felt they had more work to do. They were scheduled to come home early this week but we don’t know when they’ll come home now.

What impact do you think the bombing and the injured missionaries will have on broader Christian missionaries?

It creates more of an urgency to make sure we are being faithful to how God is calling us to address the evil that exists in this world to make sure that we are constantly reminding ourselves that God is in the midst of this and that God is bigger than any evil.

Do you worry that this will dissuade would-be missionaries from going to Uganda or elsewhere?

We know that this is something that can happen at home as well. That’s the reality of the world in which we live. We are not going to be motivated by fear. We’re motivated by the love of God has for us. And this church is very mission minded. Many people have a strong heart for the people of Africa. Every other year we send a mission to our sister congregation in Uganda.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Africa • Christianity • Methodist • Missionaries • Protestant • Uganda

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