Local pastor returns from Uganda


Keenan Clark, a San Angelo local and young-adult pastor with Celebration Church has recently returned from Uganda, Africa. Some will recall we spoke with him after his first trip overseas last summer after he and other religious figures and social media influencers took an historical tour of Israel.

This time abroad, the focus was less on the place and more on the people. “The Uganadans they’re extremely enthusiastic,” said Clark. “They really have a drive to go after the things that they feel called to and get it done. I love it; it didn’t really take much prodding, didn’t take much hyping up, they were hyping us up most of the time. And, it was honestly really inspiring.”

While abroad, Keenan joined forces with Reaction Tour, a group focusing on empowering those who attend with life skills and religious themes. Ths year’s program was a summer camp focusing on leadership skills and messages of hope.

“I taught a leadership class where all these Ugandans who felt that they were gonna be involved in some sort of leadership came,” said Clark. “[Myself] and another person, Rachel Griffith, […] we taught […] leadership principles and at the end of the class [participants] even got a certificate.”

Keenan says that certificate, can help with employment prospects, as the course covered much including public speaking and business writing. Given his extensive experience traveling the county, and now abroad. Keenan had these words to share about the importance of travel, and just how easy it can be to accomplish.

“I think adventure awaits just right outside your doorstep. And maybe it is just walking along the Concho River or going to Stango’s and grabbing a slice of pizza with your friends – or it is, jumping on an airplane to go see some part of the planet you’ve only ever dreamt of. I think that’s honestly where the real adventure begins and it starts with those baby-steps.”

For our previous story on Keenan Clark, click here. For more on Reaction Tour, click here.

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