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March 2014
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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
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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
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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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March 2013
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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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Agape Children’s Village, Uganda
September 2009
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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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December 2007
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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 – Uganda then and now
September 2007
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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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Compassion in Northern Uganda
April 2007
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Compassion in Northern Uganda

While in war-torn Northern Uganda, we visited a refugee camp to encourage several pastors serving in the area. The camps are filled with violence, poverty, hopelessness and fear. As we walked around one with the pastors, hundreds of children gathered round us. They were so filthy. Those who had clothes wore rags; and most were sick, malnourished and covered with flies. There were hundreds, including toddlers, with no supervision. They timidly approached us to shake our hands and smile. One little boy about 2½ years old stared at me for a long time, with no expression. He was so ill, with a runny nose, protruding...

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