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Job, the Beloved »

Suffering. We’re all acquainted with it in some form. It is acute to anyone who’s humanity began in Eden, the perfection we were made for and will never experience in this life. Death, disease, neglect, poverty, these things simply were not, but now they are and there’s no escaping them. That does not mean, however, […]
Posted by: Chloe on December 15, 2017 @ 9:18 pm
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A Case for Advent »

Uganda has about ten Christmas songs. Anywhere you go in town or village, you will hear the same ten songs (Holly Holiday, Born on Christmas Day, Jinger [sic] Bells, etc.) over and over again. At Akisyon a Yesu, the staff started the Christmas disc on daily rotation sometime in early November. More recently, members of […]
Posted by: Christopher on December 12, 2017 @ 4:35 pm
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Carmel Plays with a Cobra »

Caught your attention? Good. We’ll get to that cobra business presently. For now, let’s just start reading at the beginning. Where do the days go? If there isn’t a sudden shortage of some important medicine or emergency maintenance request, there’s a regular stream of conflicting vacation requests to deal with, or a disciplinary matter, or […]
Posted by: Christopher on February 14, 2016 @ 10:42 pm
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The Weeds »

I often find myself lost in the midst of weeds and I wonder if I’ve drunk the wrong bottle from Alice’s wonderland or if the forest itself is somehow bewitched. I push past the everyday maze of Ugandan English to find its seeds sticking to my socks, continuing to mystify, mortify and edify me with […]
Posted by: Chloe on September 25, 2015 @ 7:37 am
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Come, Ye Thankful People, Come »

Come ye thankful people come, raise the song of harvest home: all is safely gathered in, ere the winter storms begin; God, our Maker doth provide for our wants to be supplied: come to God’s own temple, come, raise the song of harvest home. The harvest moon comes a bit early in Karamoja. We don’t […]
Posted by: Christopher on September 1, 2015 @ 3:58 pm
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The Cry Goes Up How Long »

Two deaths this week for two families of church members, employees, and friends (and it’s only Thursday). Sunday, the young niece of Acia Nicholas died. Months ago, the mission helped to get her to Mbale where she had a brain tumor removed. And while she recovered from the surgery, she struggled afterward with ongoing illness […]
Posted by: Christopher on July 16, 2015 @ 4:49 pm
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A Lesson in Grace »

How would your behavior change if your insurance policies, savings accounts and retirement funds were entirely dependent on the people you knew, favors you could call and strangers you could cajole? I’d like to think it would make me a nicer, more sacrificial and persuasive person, as unrealistic as that might be. However, we all […]
Posted by: Chloe on November 20, 2014 @ 10:40 am
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The Day Jesus Returns »

Let’s have a quick survey: Raise your hand if you sung about prostitution and/or murder in your church service yesterday? I’m guessing, if you did raise your hand, that you are probably a missionary serving with OPUM and that I probably sang alongside you yesterday. For the rest of you, I imagine that these subjects […]
Posted by: Christopher on November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 am
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Come Now, You Rich »

Pastor Dave had the singularly uncomfortable job of preaching from James 5:1-6 on Sunday. It’s a good text to preach when one is on furlough raising support, but it just doesn’t come as easily when on the mission field, especially in rural East Africa. The title in my Bible says “Warning to the Rich.” It’s […]
Posted by: Christopher on September 3, 2014 @ 11:32 am
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