Archive for June, 2009

The Other Side (2009-6-19)

In my last post, I mentioned that we were enjoying the beauty of Uganda.  Last night, as we made the 5-hour trip from Entebbe to Kyenjojo, I think we saw the other side. Passing through Kampala, we saw makeshift markets, people loitering aimlessly, cows in the streets, naked children … abject poverty.  When we got […]

“It’s Africa!” (2009-6-18)

We’re spending a bit more time at the Entebbe Airport Guest House than anticipated.  Our transportation simply hasn’t shown up yet.  Alissa is reminding us, with extraordinary graciousness, that “this is Africa!”  That basically means things happen when they happen, and our American sense of scheduling is going to have to be pput on hold […]

All Things New (2009-6-18)

Something happened to me today that has never happened before in my lifetime–I woke up in Africa. And as I always knew I would, I loved it. We stayed the night at a “guest house” in Entebbe.  It is more like a compound than what we would think of as a hotel.  It is a […]

Touchdown (2009-6-17)

At 8:15 p.m we touched down in Entebbe.  We’re here.  A little ragged from travel, but in good health, in good spirits, and really excited to be in Africa.  It looks, feels, and even smells different than home.  What an adventure! Travel was long but uneventful.  The officials in Amsterdam confiscated my contact solution, but […]

Commissioning Sunday (2009-6-15)

Yesterday was an incredible time.  We dedicated 65 blankets that we’re crafted with love, not only by FBC’s ladies (“Blankets of Love”) but also from our friends at Knox United Methodist Church, who also joined us at the service.  Beautiful blankets adorned the sanctuary.  Then I spoke for a few minutes (well, a few for […]

A Heart for God, A Heart for Uganda (2009-6-13)

“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us.” – James 1:27 (NLT) Next Tuesday, God willing I will leave for Kyenjojo, Uganda with 13 volunteers working with missionary Alissa Cooper, who is […]

A Reluctant Blogger (2009-6-11)

I’m the last guy I would ever have imagined blogging, for several reasons. First, I find it a bit egotistical to think that anyone would care to read my thoughts.  I have at times felt the same way about preaching, but find some consolation in staying as close as I can to the text of Scripture, […]