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April 2014
Kenya

Return to Wasat, Kenya

It was my privilege at the end of 2013 to be able to return to the area known as Pokot North, in the remote north west of Kenya. This region is over 12 hours’ drive away from Nairobi, and many of the roads to it are very poor, with some being little more than dirt tracks. There continues to be little medical care, and the only electricity available is through the recent introduction of solar power. It is very dry and effectively semi-desert. People have to collect their water from a well or river and carry it back to their homes, which could be 2-3...

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March 2014
Uganda

A week in the life…

So what is life like for the Kinsellas, a missionary couple at African Bible University? Let’s look at a typical week. Sundays Sundays are a great blessing. We begin our week with worship of God. We worship at New City Bible Church, in the centre of Kampala. Services start at 10.40am and finish at 12.40pm (African church services average out at four hours, so ours is on the short side!). The music has a definite African flavour, but is biblical and includes the singing of hymns and psalms. Last Sunday it rained so hard that it was almost impossible to hear the preacher (due to...

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March 2014
Uganda

Some interesting, internet ‘facts’ about Uganda!

Around 50 per cent of Uganda’s population survives on less than one dollar a day. The main transportation vehicle in Uganda is the bicycle. Uganda’s famous motorcycle taxis are dubbed boda-bodas, as they were used to transport people across the ‘no-man’s land’ between the Kenya/Uganda border posts (‘border-border’). Uganda is one of the top countries in the world when it comes to alcohol consumption. Ugandans love meat stews, but the ‘meat’ is not just the muscle; it’s also the animal’s liver, stomach, intestines, tongue, etc. The Ugandan cook wastes nothing. Uganda has the world’s best bananas, pineapples, mangoes and avocados. For most Ugandans, their favourite...

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March 2014
Uganda

The gospel in Africa – the African Bible University of Uganda

According to a statement by Dr Kisamba Mugerwa, chairperson of the National Planning Authority of Uganda, to the United Nations in 2012, ‘The population of Uganda is … estimated to be 33 million. About 57 per cent of the Ugandan population is between 0 and 18 years and 78 per cent is under 30 years; making it a very young country…’ ‘Like most developing countries, Uganda is no exception to the multiple challenges its youth face, ranging from poverty, unemployment, ill health, violence and delinquency. In addition to these, they experience weak infrastructure and poor economic development that impede their development’(www.un.org/esa/population). Leadership Everyone agrees that...

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April 2013
Ethiopia

Creation ministry in Ethiopia

My week in Ethiopia in January was truly remarkable — I sensed that the Lord had graciously gone before and opened many doors of opportunity.

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March 2013
Uganda

Bishop Festo Kivengere of Uganda

Festo turned his back on Christianity soon after his arrival at high school … He fell in with a group of lads untouched by the revival or Christian witness around them. He joined them in their escapades to the shops after dark and began to drink and smoke heavily…

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May 2011
Tanzania

Gospel work among the Datooga

Gospel work among the Datooga In 1998 a church adopted the Datooga people group in Tanzania and covenanted to pray for them. Today, the Datooga are coming to know who Christ is and how he can change their lives.    ‘It was some experience to sit under the trees with the villagers and hear them talk of their openness to the gospel and to see the changes brought to the village as the result of the gospel coming to them’.    These were the words of a church group after a recent visit to the Datooga in Tanzania. Why did they go? Because in 1998 they had...

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May 2011
Tanzania

Tanzania fact file

Tanzania fact file Area: 365,000 square miles, including the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Environment: The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (5,895 m). Borders: Tanzania is bordered by Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo. Also on its borders are three of the largest freshwater African lakes — Victoria (world’s second-largest), Tanganyika (world’s second deepest) and Nyasa. Population: Over 40 million. Life expectancy: 53 years. Languages: Swahili (official), English (official), Arabic (Zanzibar), many local languages (many of which do not have a Bible). Ethnic groups: African...

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