Age, culture, and Articles collide 

Yesterday during discipleship, it was a bit rainy, so we shoved 10 people in my office. The way the chairs had to be configured, one of the girls was in danger of being shoved into a corner, and I said, ” ‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner!’ Who knows what movie that’s from?” I thought…

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Love-hate Wednesdays

I have a love-hate relationship with Wednesdays. We start the day with Bible Exposition at 7:30 am, and end with discipleship from 4-6 pm. In between are meetings and lectures. It’s a long, but good, day. I always give my discipleship groups a lot of latitude in whatever they want to do for the semester;…

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UCU Chaplaincy’s YouTube channel!

Last fall, Amos asked me to bring an expensive piece of audio/visual equipment with me when I returned to Uganda, as the Chaplaincy wanted to start recording and posting their services online.  Once we worked out small little details like which model to get and last-minute add-ons, I had it packed in my carry-on, and was…

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“Thanks for mothering him.”

My dear friend from seminary, Esther, delivered her first child in October, a sweet boy named Mark.  Esther and her husband Martin asked me to be his godmother, an honor and joy I gladly accepted. Mark was baptized last weekend, and at the luncheon after, of course there were speeches.  There are always speeches.  Esther…

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Well be back

After two weeks back in Uganda, I can say that it is good to be home. Despite zero sleep on the plane, I found that just being back in the country lowered my stress level a tiny bit, which was a delightful surprise. As I began my journey to Uganda, I had posted on Facebook…

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Total orphan

In Uganda, when you lose a parent, you become an orphan. When you lose the other parent, you become a total orphan. I lost my dad in 1996, so I’ve been an orphan for some time, but when I lost my mom on Palm Sunday, I became a total orphan. For someone who has been…

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The post I can’t write

I try to keep this blog focused on my life and ministry in Uganda, though sometimes there must be some cross-over into real life. As I’ve been thinking about this post, I’ve realized that I can talk about things decently enough, but writing about it is much harder-perhaps because it’s so concrete? My mom has…

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Learning Uglish

Ugandan English, or Uglish, is a dialect all to itself. If you’ve not been seen in a while, you’re lost. If you are going to sit and wait for someone, you’re benched. If you’re having an affair, you have a side-dish.  Today, I was walking to class with two of my students, and one was…

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Happy Women’s Day

Who said that we never got anything from socialism? Like any minor public holiday, only the government and schools are closed. The rest of the world soldiers on.  I went to my favorite produce vendor, and wished her a happy Women’s Day. She returned the greeting, then asked me where her present was.  This rather…

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