When we aren’t too busy being super missionaries, we attempt to scale mount Kadam. Saturday was our best attempt yet, with hopes that we will finally reach the top on October 9. Here we are looking into the valley at the top of the mountain. The peak is the rounded hill in the distance lit up through the clouds. Altogether, the peak rises about 6300 feet from the flatland where the mission is situated to an elevation of just over 10000 feet. Most (if not all) Karimojong are afraid of the mountain. They say that demons live on top of the peak and will throw people down (they also say you can trap the demons if you bring magnets). So, the last couple km will be over ground unknown to any of our guides.

We are happy to announce that our translation of First Catechism into Karimojong has been completed and printed. The printing process in Kampala was exciting and challenging (and heavy on the learning experience), but the mission now has its first published literature in the Karimojong language, the firstfruits of what we hope will be many more works to come. We are now anticipating the near-term arrival of a summer team who will lead programs to teach the catechism in the local schools and at a conference for church leaders hosted by a local church in Namalu with whom we have regular interaction. Pray that this catechism would be used by many in their personal spiritual growth and efforts to teach their families and church members.

“To be serious about your faith, you have to join the church.” This is what Acia told us over lunch when asked what made him want to join. (more…)

No we didn’t light it, but we tried to fight it. Rumor has it that someone didn’t wait for their charcoal to cool down before bagging it for sale at the roadside. The result was that a fair amount of acreage burned nearby yesterday, including the fields that surround the mission on all sides. Thankfully, we had recently completed a firebreak, so we were unaffected, except for the smoke and the voluminous amounts of burnt grass that blew through our screens and covered every surface in our houses. Shown here is one of our workers, Lokeris, tending the firebreak and making sure nothing leapt across.

When asked in the fourth membership vow if he believed Jesus is Lord and if he promised to serve him faithfully, Opio, not content with a short ‘Yes,’ struck out on his own and said ‘Yes I do and with God helping me I do promise.’  (more…)

Loupe Vicky walks further than most of our members to get to church on Sunday, but she is nevertheless very faithful to come.  (more…)

Loŋok Martha has been a faithful attender of Nakaale Presbyterian Church for almost two years, and recently expressed interest in professing her faith. (more…)

On Christmas Eve, we invited all of our staff to lunch (together with the missionaries, nearly 100 people). The fare consisted of pasta, cabbage salad, roasted pumpkin, chocolate cake, and of course rice and beans. Everyone had a good time, plied by the food and the Christmas bonuses we handed out. All told, we cut up (with the help of several workers) almost 300 tomatoes, 10 pumpkins, 10 cabbages, and cooked 20 bags of pasta and the largest pot of beans I have ever seen.

Most Monday afternoons, I go with Emmy to the Bible study at Nariko. It’s a very small home, but we almost always find people willing to hear the Word taught. There is, in particular, one old man named Yoana who is always there with his Bible, eager to learn and ask questions. As you can see, there are plenty of empty seats, and we pray that more and more people from this home would join us.