Back to the Life »

Exactly what I was expecting when we returned to Uganda, I’m not sure. Our lives are full of little oddities that are easy to forget when we are away, and so remarkable when we return to what we call normalcy. I did not expect how quickly I would be able to slip back into the […]
Posted by: Christopher on May 5, 2014 @ 6:42 pm
Filed under: news,reflections

What’s in a Name? »

If you haven’t heard, our daughter was born March 15. She was born Carmel Ariadne. Almost everyone who hears her name asks about the origin, so it seemed fitting (if a bit self-indulgent) to provide the definitive guide to her name here at Verdickmoja. Carmel The name immediately brings to mind Mount Carmel, the place […]
Posted by: Christopher on March 27, 2014 @ 4:38 am
Filed under: reflections

Pregnancy Musings »

“I feel pregnant!” was my recent response to a simple inquiry into how I’m feeling. I am often asked how I’m feeling.  This seems to be the most socially acceptable way to ask a pregnant woman how she is doing. In retrospect this response may have been misconstrued as cavalier or an attempt to broadcast […]
Posted by: Chloe on January 30, 2014 @ 4:26 am
Filed under: reflections

Verdickmoja Presents »

Chloe and I presented this movie about our year for Sunday school yesterday at New Life. For anyone who wasn’t able to be there, I’ve uploaded it for your viewing pleasure. Pastor Dave would like me to remind you all that we only had Koolaid for communion one time—under extreme circumstances. But it did get […]
Posted by: Christopher on November 25, 2013 @ 9:58 pm
Filed under: life in karamoja,news,reflections

Birth Contemplations »

As many of you know, Christopher and I are expecting our first child, a little girl, on February 28, 2014 (give or take a few weeks at providence’s discretion). I find my thoughts often wandering to the coming birth and parenthood beyond. It is tempting to fear the unknown for which one can never truly […]
Posted by: Chloe on November 5, 2013 @ 9:21 pm
Filed under: reflections

The Exchange »

The following is an attempt to express some of the whirling thoughts on “re-entry”. The road behind, a streak in the sky 14 months long The road before, a swirling dream of the known made surreal Punctuated with a question mark An exchange has begun, life for life Muddy, flat paths for dry hilly asphalt […]
Posted by: Chloe on October 8, 2013 @ 6:43 am
Filed under: reflections

The Nomadic Lifestyle »

We are coming home. Or are we? With our current term coming to an end in just a few weeks, it’s hard not to feel a sense of disconnectedness from what’s going on around the Mission. The other missionaries are planning for events that will happen while we are stateside. I’m counting the number of […]
Posted by: Christopher on September 6, 2013 @ 4:26 pm
Filed under: life in karamoja,reflections

Pertinent Read of the Week »

At Pastor Al’s recommendation, I’ve picked up a book called Africa: Altered States Ordinary Miracles by Richard Dowden. Its author is a veteran of reportage in Africa, and his concise history of post-colonial Africa is peppered with fascinating personal anecdotes collected over decades of work on the continent. In the midst of describing the great movements […]
Posted by: Christopher on August 14, 2013 @ 4:01 pm
Filed under: reflections

I Do What I Want »

Coming in to the mission as an outsider, I’ve been doing my best to fit in by picking up on and using all the most hip and current OPC Karamoja Mission phrases. This one, “I do what I want,” may be the most popular, ahem overused, one of them all. It is usually used to […]
Posted by: Rachel on August 12, 2013 @ 4:48 pm
Filed under: reflections
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