By Annalise Blank, as told to her by Kim Metzler
Agatha Asiimwe came to Lancaster Bible College because of her desire to study music, but she found God had truly called her to come to the United States to fulfill one of her servant-hearted purposes.
Asiimwe’s story began on a typical day at LBC during chapel in the spring of 2015. Kim Metzler, an admissions counselor at LBC, remembers how Agatha Asiimwe planned on going to Messiah College instead of Lancaster Bible College. Metzler explained Asiimwe was actually on her way to Messiah when her brother said, “‘you live in Lancaster, why don’t you go to Lancaster Bible College?’…and they turned the car around and ended up in my office that morning.”
Agatha had only moved to the United States one month prior to meeting Metzler. She was a well-known singer from Uganda, and she was successful in the secular music industry. Metzler explained God spoke to truth to Asiimwe in contrast to the meanings of the songs she sang and, through His truth, He “got a hold of her heart and really started changing her goals”.
Metzler explained that in Uganda, Asiimwe began “on the radio as a DJ on Sunday Mornings and started something called ‘The Gospel Show’ … and she would play Christian music and share things on the radio.” The show was successful, and after work Asiimwe walked out of her door to lines of women who were waiting to talk and pray with her.
“So she realized that the women of Uganda are very oppressed, abused, neglected…” Metzler continued, “and a lot of these women have heart-wrenching stories… and now she has a ministry with these ladies and this prayer group.”
Metzler added, “So these women were very much in a bad way, and through the course of all this, [Asiimwe] had grown closer to God, and she was creating this huge heart for the women of Uganda.”
Metzler explained how Asiimwe “was seeking answers and trying to figure all this out. One night, she had a dream, and the dream was of a white girl in a wheelchair… she couldn’t shake it, and she knew it was more than a dream. She knew that it was clearly God placing it in her.”
Later Asiimwe had another dream that she was supposed to play the lottery. Metzler explained it had to do with being selected to come to the U.S based on a lottery system, which she found out from her brother’s knowledge about it.
Meztler recalled that “Assimwe immediately applied and got chosen.” As some of her family already lived in the U.S., Asiimwe decided to bring the rest of her family to the U.S. with her, though maintaining their home in Uganda along with their businesses. Therefore, both Asiimwe and her husband travel back and forth betwen Uganda and the United States.
As Metzler and Asiimwe had lunch in the ODC later on the day they met, Asiimwe shared personal stories and experiences of women she had known in Uganda. Metzler pointed out how Asiimwe came “knowing that God was going to use her in some way, [but] not sure how.”
After lunch, Asiimwe went back to the Solutions Center lobby to wait for a taxi, and Dr. Teague happened to be walking through the lobby. They talked for a bit about where she was from and why she was visiting. Teague introduced to her the idea that she might enjoy working with him and his wife’s foundation, named after their daughter, called “Jessica and Friends.” He proceeded to get give her a brochure.
“And guess what was on the front of the picture of the brochure?” Metzler asked. “A white girl in a wheelchair. And it was the white girl in a wheelchair that she had in her vision in Uganda prior to coming to the Sates. So she instantly knew this was what God brought her to the States to do.”
Asiimwe decided to begin a job with Jessica and Friends.
“She said ‘I lived with all these people with needs all around me for so long… He had to bring me to the United States to put me at the feet of somebody that needed me to serve them in that capacity to show me that this is what it means to serve,’” Metzler said.
Metzler mentioned a valuable life lesson that Asiimwe had shared with her, that it’s when “you put all your own desires, likes, dislikes [aside], and you just give and you serve.” Metzler added, “and she said ‘I’ve never felt so close to God as when I am serving in that way. [It was as if God brought her here] to show me that this is what it means to serve.”
Asiimwe still serves in the program today.
Metzler also recalled a related encounter with Jared Yoder, Director of Admissions at Lancaster Bible College, who came into her office one day in late spring of 2018. Yoder had told her of his plans of going to Uganda with his family over Christmas, which his aunt had organized. Metzler had responded with great interest, as she told Yoder about Agatha and how she had been wanting to go to Uganda. Yoder had explained that there were not enough people who signed up for it, and so the two decided to create an LBC Journey team.
They created this trip, which will occur from December 31, 2018, to January 11, 2019, to offer opportunities to minister to women and babies in Uganda who have been oppressed, neglected and are struggling to provide sufficiently for themselves.
After Metzler noted how amazingly God has constructed these events leading up to the trip, she explained, “Agatha’s going to be a part of our team while we’re over there. She’s even going to pay to have some of her ladies that we’re talking about come into the city where we’re going to be so that they can meet us and be around us.”
To find out more about LBC journey teams, go to https://www.lbc.edu/undergraduate/service/journey-teams/.
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