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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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An open door in Tanzania
May 2011
Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania I left for Tanzania on 15 February 2011 and returned to UK on 11 March. It takes three days to travel to and from Mbeya, so that left me 19 full days for ministry. During those days, the Lord opened the door for me to preach eight times on the radio and 25 times in churches, and spend six whole days at Utungule Bible College. There was also opportunity to lead morning devotions at two other Bible colleges.    Another part of my work was distributing books to pastors and Bible college lecturers and students. Banner of Truth, Evangelical Press and...

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World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia
February 2011
Ethiopia

World Mission – Broadcasting hope to Somalia

Broadcasting hope to Somalia   Somali, like many Ethiopian languages, descends from the ancient Cushite tongue. It is the native tongue in southeastern Ethiopia, Somalia, Djibouti, in large ethnic communities in Kenya and Yemen, and among millions of refugees beyond – about 15 million speakers, in all.      The wonderful message of the loving Saviour who gave all to save hopeless sinners is unknown to most Somalis. MERF’s Somali gospel radio programmes are a lifeline in very troubled times.      These troubles are the result of a long history of conflict. Somali families have suffered for decades from armed tribal conflict, especially since the fall...

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