To Have It All

Around the corner from a major road, across a grass field littered with trash, and down a muddy path, 1000 people live on 24 acres of land, according to the 2010 Jinja Municipality Slum Profile. These “houses” are mostly 10 by 10 ft concrete block rooms, originally built for single male railroad workers in the early 1900s. There is no electricity, running water, or sewer system. To NGOs this is a slum in Jinja, to me it is the Loco neighborhood, to friends it is home in Uganda.

Loco is a community like many in the third world, where dinner roams in your yard. With no fixtures or appliances, cooking outside over an open-pit, and any entertainment is given by friends singing in the day light. Ignored or threatened by the government, the settlement is always vulnerable. Several families lost everything in a recent fire, but, with the help of local churches and each other’s time, they rebuilt.

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Traveling through Uganda, there is a real understanding of true necessity; an average person’s possessions is a very small list. A pastor in a Northern country village Continue reading

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To share the Truth and return with more Truth.

In a little over a day I will be in Africa. Let me rephrase, after a life time of caring about a continent that I have no real connection to, and dedicating years of my life to study the politics and culture of specifically West Africa, I will be arriving in Uganda in a couple of days. I will be experiencing the hospitals, clinics, villages, prisons, slums, natural preserves, market places and church services with all of my senses. In many ways this feels like a conclusion, or at least a dream being fulfilled. I am not sure where this journey will lead or what new dreams it will create, but I do know I feel at one in my heart right now.

As happy as this voyage makes me (to do wonderful work, medically and for the Lord), Continue reading