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All articles in category Eastern Africa

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda
September 2009
Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda   Uganda has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has the world’s highest concentration of AIDS orphans. With a population of 30.9 million, one in every eighteen Ugandans is an AIDS orphan. In 2002 there were 1.7 million AIDS orphans, out of a total of 2.4 million Ugandan orphans.   The orphan problem is coped with in different ways. There are child-headed homes where both parents have died and a child in its late teens acts as parent. Such teenagers, already traumatised through seeing their parents die, face onerous tasks like fetching water, growing food and tending sick siblings....

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Missionary Spotlight – Pokot update
April 2009
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pokot update

Pokot update   I visited the Pokot churches in Kenya again in October 2008. It was encouraging to see continuing spiritual growth, manifested in their desire for us to preach the gospel in areas not previously visited.      The first such area was Apur, reached only after an hour’s hot walk from the road. Here about 40 adults, as well as many children, were gathered. In Pokot, it is traditional to kill an animal before a person who has killed another is allowed back into his home. This gives a golden opportunity to explain the significance of Christ’s death  as the perfect sacrifice for our...

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Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour
September 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour

Missionary work – without the glamour   In his final report Cliff Barton shares more of the down-to-earth challenges of pastoral work among the Pokot of Kenya.   Korokou is a hilly area, yet characterised by much agriculture. We were able to drive up a rough road cut out to aid development. It takes at least one and a half hours to cover the eight miles.      This is where brother Domoo has his first home. He is a polygamist and is very sad now about it. Two of his wives live here and the other down the hill in Kasei. He was one of...

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya
July 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya

Kenya   We continue this series on Pokot, Kenya, with another Cliff Barton article explaining graphically what is involved in missionary work in remote tribal areas.   Here in Kasepa, where gospel preaching began in 1980, they have built a church in true Pokot style – a rectangle of upright sticks, and sticks and branches for a roof. It cost them nothing except the labour, although it will not keep out the rain. In the past many have moved away from here because of the problem of water. Non-salty water is only available at the bore holes in Kamketo over 4km away.      Most of...

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March 2008
Zimbabwe

Missionary Spotlight – Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart

Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart How does one describe Zimbabwe today? We no longer pay close attention to inflation figures – November’s were quoted as 10,000-14,000% (yes, the zeroes are correct!). There is no end in sight to the economic collapse. The street assessment is that those in power are making so much corrupt money out of the disastrous situation that there is no desire to change it. Why kill the goose that lays the golden egg – even if that goose gobbles up the common people? The country’s infrastructure is falling apart. Daily power and water cuts are the norm. The roads are littered...

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February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – The Ethiopian Embassy describes Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight The Ethiopian Embassy describes Ethiopia Riven by many deep and stupendous gorges; crowned by high and magnificent mountains; necklaced by a chain of lakes; watered by majestic rivers; studded with burning deserts and great escarpments that plunge down from its highlands; Ethiopia remains a land of incomparable beauty. But it is not simply the sheer scale of its physical beauty which characterises this land, where the Blue Nile has carved one of the world’s greatest and most awesome gorges. Its ancient and medieval monuments, its proud and colourful cultures, and its varied and often unique wildlife set it apart from all else. Ethiopia,...

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Missionary Spotlight – God’s providence in Ethiopia
February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – God’s providence in Ethiopia

God’s providence in Ethiopia The reformed evangelical communities in Ethiopia are growing by leaps and bounds. From 1977-1992 the Mengisto communist regime banned foreign missionaries and limited religious activities by stringent legislation. This was a blessing in disguise since it stimulated a maturing, indigenous spiritual movement. Prior to 1977 the Coptic Church enjoyed much power. Its syncretistic teachings combining Christian doctrine with animist superstition enslaved many. Also an enticing form of animistic folk-Islam was spreading rapidly. Ironically, Communism’s iron fist dealt major blows to Coptic control of minds and hearts and Islam’s advance. Blessing At the same time, a vibrant, underground Bible teaching movement was...

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Ethiopia
February 2008
Ethiopia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Ethiopia

Encouragement in Ethiopia Ethiopia, in the horn of Africa, is five and a half times the area of UK and has a population of 70 million. It is a poor country with an average life expectancy of only 39 years. Half the population belongs to the Coptic Church, one third is Muslim, and over 13% are evangelical Christians. The communist era brought persecution to the church but united various evangelical groups. The Christian Brethren Church of Ethiopia (CBC) is part of that evangelical community, with roots going back to 1952. Today there are 90 CBC churches with 15,000 believers. These churches are clustered around four...

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Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya
January 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

  Pioneer mission in Kenya Here is a typical question from the people of Tarakit: ‘Is it true that we must pray before the cock crows, as this is the time when the angels return to heaven and the devils come down to earth?’ Tarakit is on a hill beyond Chepkinagh, with good views into Ugan da. The only way to reach its 400 inhabitants on the 7000 feet plateau is by climbing a steep path. The congregations are vulnerable and illiterate. The leader here is Isaac, a young married man still at primary school. He has had no formal training. Sacrifice On one occasion,...

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December 2007
Uganda

Compassion in Uganda

Compassion in Uganda Battling through heavy rain, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) pilot Laura Westley flew a team from the Mildmay Clinic to conduct a one-day clinic at Bobi — a camp for internally displaced people in northern Uganda. On arrival the team was greeted by rows of mothers, waiting patiently with their children to see the doctor. Laura writes, ‘Some are chatting happily. Others shuffle forward, an air of defeat hanging over them. One mother — skin stretched over jutting bones — clutches a small replica of herself, her eyes distant and far away’. The team set up reception under the shade of a large...

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people
November 2007
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people

Kenya – reaching the Pokot people   West Pokot is in northwest Kenya. It is over 300 miles from Nairobi and close to the Ugandan border. Its people have traditionally been cattle raiders. There is little water available in their communities and no electricity. Light at night is provided by hurricane lamps. There are no vegetables – the people are pastoral, keeping cows, goats, chickens and some sheep. They live in mud homes and have next to nothing in the way of medical care. The roads are poor and the terrain consists of hilly ridges. Warmth Pokot Christians show warmth in their sung praise and...

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Missionary Spotlight – Uganda then and now
September 2007
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight – Uganda then and now

Uganda then and now  Any first-time visitor to Uganda’ s capital city, Kampala, would find roads crammed with mini-buses, street vendors, motorbike taxis (boda-bodas), bicycles and people. The congestion inevitably bottlenecks at Kampala’s notorious Clock Tower roundabout. As vehicles jockey for position the confusion takes on a surreal quality when a perspiring street evangelist screams wildly to you through your car window. Pacing, waving and pounding their Bibles these ranting street preachers take advantage of the crawling traffic to shout both the love and damnation of God above the noise of the diesel-smoking vehicles. Welcome to African Christianity – Ugandan style! Pioneers How did it...

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