Why Culture Is Key In Missions – 5 Things To Know Before You Go

Why Culture Is Key In Missions – 5 Things To Know Before You Go
  Wikipedia says that the term "ugly American" is a pejorative term meaning "a term used to refer to perceptions of arrogant behavior by Americans abroad." OUCH  The real problem is not that the locals "perceive" arrogant behavior by Americans... It's that there really is actual arrogant behavior by my fellow countrymen. While this is merely either annoying or source of amusement for sophisticated Parisians or harried Londoners, it can cripple a sh...

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough

When You Aren’t Visiting Soon Enough
Most people who have spent time in a foreign country will tell you that the best thing is the relationships you make. I don't mean a short-term-missions-kill-yourself-for-Jesus trip, where you really only interact with your own group of Americans. But if you go and really invest your time into the people, whether you're there for a week or a month or a year, you will find that the relationships you forge are quickly pretty deep and meaningful. We have lost...

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!

October Team Trip To Uganda – Details!
My trip in October wasn't supposed to be a group trip. Not that I'm necessarily opposed to group trips, although I'm so used to going by myself or just with the kids that I'm a little spoiled with the ease of the whole thing now. Rather, it just sort of evolved out of casual conversations with a local missions-minded pastor and an old friend whose daughter just really wanted to go with me to Uganda. Voila! I had a potential group! Here are the details, ...

Team Trip Coming in October!

Team Trip Coming in October!
I didn't intend to do a group trip, but it just happened. God works like that sometimes. Right now, we have 3, but there's a good possibility of a half dozen or so more, thanks to a new local ecumenical initiative I'm involved with called First Flight Missions. (More about that in a later post!) I haven't done a group trip since 2013 (my own kids don't count!) and I've never done a team that didn't do a camp, so I'm excited to see how God will map it all o...

What It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda

What It’s Like To Be Sick In Uganda
This is a private room at the International Hospital of Kampala (IHK). This is one of the country's premier hospitals, started by an Irish doctor who emigrated to Uganda, and who is now in Parliament there. My son was in this room for 4 days with pneumonia. The first two days were terrifying, as I got a first hand look at the differences between our Western medicine and what is practiced in the best hospital in Uganda. (To be fair, my son did get better, a...

The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School

The Story of the Arise Africa Primary School
I did not intend to build a school. God did. On our third visit to Uganda, my daughter and I were horseback riding in Jinja. (If you're ever in Jinja, go riding! It's an awesome way to see the countryside, the villages, and the Nile.) As we rode by schools, kids would come pouring out to the road yelling "How are you fine? How are you fine?" While the school in the above picture is nice, most village schools (if there is one) are more ...