Monday, March 31, 2008

For Our Reflection!

Proverbs 14... [Quoted from: Contemporary English Version, Copy right © 1955 by American Bible Society]

As we concluded on the sermon yesterday at church that highlighted on purpose driven relationships, our beloved Pastor had a special word for his congregation to sum up sunday's lessons... Run through the lessons that I found outstanding...

A woman's family is held together by her wisdom, but it can be destroyed by her foolishness.
By living right, you show that you respect the LORD; by being deceitful, you show that you despise him.

Make fun of wisdom, and you will never find it. But if you have understanding, knowledge comes easily.
Stay away from fools, or you won't learn a thing.
Wise people have enough sense to find their way, but stupid fools get lost.

No one else can really know how sad or happy you are.

V14: You harvest what you plant, whether good or bad.
V15: Don't be stupid and believe all you hear; be smart and know where you are headed

You have no friends if you are poor, but you have lots of friend if you are rich.

V23: Hard work is worthwhile but empty talk will make you poor.
V24: Wisdom can you make you rich but foolishness leads you to more foolishness

V26: If you respect the LORD; you and your children have strong fortress

V29: It is smart to be patient, but it is stupid to lose your temper
V30: It is healthy to be content, but envy can eat you up
V31: If you mistreat the poor, you insult your creator; if you are kind to them you show Him respect

What verse stands out for you?

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What Sorrounds Me!

Lessons on Blogging...
On Saturday afternoon [
29th March 2008] whilst flipping through literature on socio - economic development in Uganda, like I always do, I ran over to check out posts of my favorite bloggers, wonderful people that I refer to as my blog fathers [Shaun Groves, Randy Elrod, Tom Emmons and Brian Seay]... On Shaun Groves' post he mentions of critical aspects of blogging that many of us miss out when compiling up our posts... Learn more on blogging discipline

Ugandan News headlines...
As though this Saturday was reading day not relaxing day [as it is normally!], my search for what to read led me to Uganda's daily newspaper articles. From page to page, stories flashed out on how through the Millennium Development Goals strategy some districts in Uganda would soon be blessed with well established water supplies in addition to having the district's community sanitation and hygiene improved rigorously... I was impressed truly! My heart sank as I turned to the following pages, instead more grieving stories than promising stories flashed. I had to close the paper and that marked the end of my search for what to read. Memories and pictures of what I see on the streets and in the communities that visit in different parts of Uganda came one after another.

What surrounds me...
In the northern part of Uganda, a child advocacy organization is persuading a rebel group to release children who are under captivity, these children are used as soldiers in the rebel army; a few weeks back a leader from one of the Afro - Arab countries visited the country and made statements that most Christians weren't appeased about, he was quoted saying "The bible is a forgery and fake in all". Uganda currently is in a rainy season and the roads flood during this season [we don't have winter or summer or spring or autumn] . We only experience the rainy season [an equivalent of winter and spring - March - June & September - November] and dry season [an equivalent of summer and autumn - July - September & December - February].

Trading My Sorrows...
So many events and issues surround me, some hurt and hit me up really bad from the inside but am grateful for church. As though the church ministers know what is goes on in my life, they speak forth joy and peace in your life. In the praise and worship session, one song swept away the pain and sorrow that is brought by what actually surrounds me... I will continue trading the pain for God's peace. Enjoy these lyrics....

I'm trading my sorrow
I'm trading my shame
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

I'm trading my sickness
I'm trading my pain
I'm laying it down for the joy of the Lord

And we say yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord
Yes Lord yes Lord yes yes Lord Amen

I'm pressed but not crushed persecuted not abandoned
Struck down but not destroyed
I'm blessed beyond the curse for his promise will endure
And his joy's gonna be my strength

Though the sorrow may last for the night
His joy comes with the morning

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Unlimited Wants!

Ecclessiates 6:9... New International Version
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Before I got my first laptop which actually broke down a month or two down I "craved and desired" owning one. From several monthly and weekly savings which came at a sacrifice of going without lunch or dinner, I was in possession of an Acer laptop. I thought the laptop would grant me alittle satsification in some area of my life. Like you guessed, having a laptop didnt calm down the "hyper laptop desire" at anypoint.though I wont deny the fact that it has helped me accomplish a number of assignment including my personal bible studies.

Economicists including the greatest and wisest man ever told on the earth Solomon say man has unlimited wants. His wants are like a river flowing on a downhill, they come one after the other... Many of us are in a battle with this "small parasite". Maybe like I have, you have also asked yourself, How then can we tame this unending desire for more?

Phillipians 4:10 - 12... Luke 3:13-15
Paul in his last chapters to the church in Phillip tells of his personal experience in relation to this parasite, he explains the cure and generously shares with the brethen boldly; He says that he has learnt to be content in all. Whether hungry or full, whether with or without, whether in suffering or in Joy, Paul insists that he was content. Jesus likewise in Luke 3:13 - 15 tells the soldiers who then are Tax collectors to be content...

Are you content with what you got or are you on the outlook for more like sometimes am? Am not saying we shouldnt look out to develop ourselves or expand in possession, if anything I highly recommend us to do so. My or our concern is letting the desire and craving ruling over you... Paul in his letter mentions to Timothy that the love [the desire/craving] of money, is the root of all evil... 1 Timothy 6:10

Somebody out there should tell us what it means to be content, or briefly explain to us what the English word Content means...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Time for alittle Silence!

Ecclesiastes 5: 1 - 7
Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands? Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God...

Sometimes staying still without a murmur from your mouth is just appropriate, more so when it comes to our prayer life... We dont need that silence when we are reflecting on our future projects or the equivalent... Try it!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Purpose Driven Breakfast

Purpose Driven Life...
Have you heard of the book Purpose Driven Life? Pose this question to different people and approximately 3 of every 10 people will tell how they have had an experience of it and actually either as a home cell or as a church have done a 40 day study of the key issues that Rick Warren [Author] addresses concerning daily lifestyles.

4 years back as a church [my church is based in a University in Kampala-Uganda] we set apart 40 days of prayerful study, internalizing and seeking God while asking Him individually and a church what our purpose in life is. After this period, everyone could tell that there was impact. Let me call the impact fruit, well the fruit of the study book was enormous, many people were registered into different ministries because they had actually established and found out their purpose in this world.

I recommend this book highly and would love each of us to dive in and flip through the words that Rick Warren divinely wrote... It could be the medicine and answer to the questions that you have at this moment

Purpose Driven Breakfast...
My church is honored to host alongside the
Church of Uganda the author of this wonderful book and I truly believe it will be yet another time for the congregants and all those who will attend to answer the most important questions of the life... Rick reminds us that
  • We were planned for God’s pleasure, so your first purpose is to offer real worship.
  • We were formed for God’s family, so your second purpose is to enjoy real fellowship.
  • We were created to become like Christ, so your third purpose is to learn real discipleship.
  • We were shaped for serving God, so your fourth purpose is to practice real ministry.
  • We were made for a mission, so your fifth purpose is to live out real evangelism.
This event will be at St. Francis Community Centre Makerere, Kampala. Starting at 7am till 12noon.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Reason to Celebrate!

Church on Easter Sunday!
Among the so many assignments that the Lord has appointed me with apart from advocating for children through
Compassion International are serving him in my church and ministering to the youth still in the body of Christ [Church]. On 23rd March 2008 [Easter Sunday] worldwide, Christians [surprisingly Muslims too] celebrate in remembrance the resurrection of Jesus... At my church, we were overwhelmed by the turn up!

At 10:50am, some folks with whom I was standing outside church before our 11:oo am service started justified the overflow of people on Easter Sunday with the fact that most people don't go for vacations during the Easter festival season in the sense they're compelled to come to church since anyway it is the only day in a year they come to church apart from Christmas... Inside me I was filled with sorrow and sadness my mind wondering and questioning over and over again why we should show up at Church to celebrate Easter because we cant afford a trip to a fancy place on Easter day... Jesus is Risen! Because He is risen, we celebrate Easter, am filled with total joy and happiness and with this Joy I entered Church. As the preacher shared in our service, Holy Spirit kept on reminding and revealing to me several facts that I have managed to compile and share with us here. To sum it up, there is more to the Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ...

Reason for celebrating the Easter...
On the presumption that we know the story of the birth of Jesus, His ministry in the different cities, His betrayal through a Close Friend and the several Court sessions with Pilate, I will dive in to the point where Mathew mentions that Jesus was spat on, Struck and Mocked- Mathew 26:30... Before I proceed, I want to clarify on one fact... as I enlighten us on the different demarcated section subsequent, note that I labour to emphasize the benefit we attain from each of the phases/routes that our Lord Jesus Christ walked from the point of betrayal to His resurrection...

The beatings and the Spankings: The Gospels tell us a little of what Jesus went through at this point... The details of what happened to Jesus while He was being beaten up are in Isaiah [chapeters 50 - 60] and as the Prophet explicitly explains how deformed our Lord was made through the spanking, he also points out the benefit we the creation of God attain, Isaiah boldly declares that we are healed by His strips... Isaiah 53

Crucifixion: Our Lord Jesus Christ who actually counts His majesty as nothing and undresses His Glory to take on shame on that Cross [Philippians 2]. He is crucified on the cross and there we received a remission of Sin.... Because of this remission of sins [sins that once separated us from God - Isaiah 59:2], we are brought back in a relationship with God... Apostle Paul declares in Romans 8 that we can now not be separated from God.... Glory to God...

Death and Resurrection: Jesus is struck that I may be healed, He is crucified that I may come into oneness with God, Is there any benefit we attain when He dies and resurrects? There is so much to say about what we [those who have received Christ as Lord and Saviour even those who are yet to] are given but to summarise it all, Peter says in 1 Peter 1:3 - 5 that we have been birthed [begotten] to a new life and to a living hope... no wonder I hear fellow Christians [brothers and sisters] say that they are a new creation the old is gone and new has come [1 Corinthians 5:17]... The new creation comes with lots of other benefits that I cant exhaust now... But in all, the new life comes with total peace, joy, freedom, strength... no worries and stress in this new life....

Celebrate Easter even as you reflect on this truth....

I would like to appreciate you all for reading my blog and always commenting on the different posts... The encouragements from you fuel me up on this blogging Trip... Blessings!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Easter Break!

Friday 21st March - Saturday 22nd March 2008
Like our Master [Jesus Christ] did, I will be taking off these days reviewing my walk with the Lord and also evaluating my stand...

Monday 25th March - Thursday 27th March 2008
On duty, will be travelling to the Western and Southern parts of Uganda where later on I will reach the border between Uganda and Rwanda... Will catch up with blogging on Thursday 27th March 2008...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Calling for Interpreters!

Day's Reflections!
Last night before starting off my journey to sleepland, I reflected on my day - something that I usually do and would recommend to all... In my reflection I did realise the need to study the book of Ecclesiastes for a number of reasons probably not justifiable but known to me... Instantly I reached out to my bible and flipped open to study the first chapter... While studying Solomon's writings on wisdom with eyes fighting to close, I came across a verse that triggered me to think so muchand in as much as I was thinking all my thoughts yielded to "Vanity"... I need your help to help me interrupt this!

Ecclesiastes 1:18
How would you interprete this verse...

New Kings James Version... For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increase knowledge increases sorrow...
New International Version... For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief...

If you can please write a blog about the interpretation of this verse I would grateful... You can thenlink your post to this post by entering your name and URL below... Note only enter the post url not your blog page or home page... Thank you so much!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Our Father's Desire!

We all would want to know what our colleagues or family members or better still our workmates think of us! Depending on their perspective of us which in manytimes contributes to the way they relate to us, we are also inclined to think of them in the same way! More like bad for bad, good for good! I have been questioning myself what God thinks of the little needy children, the world that has fallen short of the grace for awhile. After scratching my head for several days, I was left with only one source for my answers-the bible....

God's Desire and Thoughts for Us!
1. John 3:16 & Isaiah 1:18... He loves us so much not more matter the dirt [sins] that we soak ourselves in, actually He calls us to Himself that He may wash spotless clean

2. 2 peter 3: 8-9 and 2 Timothy 2... Our Father who art in Heaven desires that none of His creation that resides in this world may perish but all may be reunited to Him..

I continue searching the thoughts of the King of all Kings in the scriptures but for now I challenge you in the food for thought

Food for Thought!
What are thoughts of God? What you think about Him and what you think of Him can easily channel into the way you relate with Him....

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

My Favourite Verse!

The Sonship...
I was sharing with a multitude of youth in a youth service and one of the scriptures that I found and intriguing and just brings you to a life ever flowing with Joy is Romans 8:14 - 17... It gives me such an assurance that am God's own beloved son like Jesus is to Him!

Romans 8:13 - 17...
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are Children, then we are heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Weekend Events!

Away without notice!
I couldn't get my hands on an Internet connected laptop or computer from Friday evening till Monday morning... Past 2 days have been one of those seasons when one task comes after the accomplishment of another... I personally need advice on how to manage such days!

Saturday Scenes
Compassion International was hosting a team of 3; the team combined a great photographer, a great writer and a great "videographer"... we visited a project to capture a few success stories... Later we witnessed several cultural dances at the crafts shops... we wrapped up the day with a bit of historical explorations in the Buganda history at Kasubi Tombs... Every Ugandan is identified by the a region in which his cradle land actually is... In the central

Sunday Scenes
With majority of the congregation waving palms in the air as we sang mainly Hillsong songs and hymns, the youth service in which I preached about the triumphant entry commenced as with celebrated Palm Sunday... By the time I went back home, I wanted to rest for today! I will be posting part of my sermon later on this week....

Friday, March 14, 2008

Whats the Difference?

Compassion International Vs ........
In many encounters with several people, the question of how different Compassion International is from other child development organisation doesn't miss out in the conversation. A friend of mine give us a clear distinction between Compassion International and other child focus organisations. Click here....

Food for Thought!
How often we set out to make a difference in the lives of others only to discover we have made a difference in our own... Ellie Braun Haley, Author of A Little Door, A Little Light

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Pop Idol!

Pop Idols yet again!

On my way to work yesterday morning, I saw multiples of posters covering up wall fence of a university around Kampala, Uganda. The messages on the posters are interesting mainly students into hitting the "wall of fame" by them just doing their thing on stage in the name of unleashing their talents; the catch phrase on these poster goes "Your fans are waiting... ..."

Meet my Pop Idol!
I want to introduce you to a man that I have looked up to as an encourager, teacher and mentor in my spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ! Well stop guessing and just let me do the honours of introducing him.

He was a church persecutor [Acts 8 - 9], a roman citizen [Acts 22:28] but linguistic [Acts 21:37 & Acts 22:2], called by God and an Apostle of Christ [1 Cor 1:1], a mentor of many [2 Timothy 1:1-2 & Titus 1:4],the list is endless! I guess you know this guy now! Just like Paul once Saul [my pop idol], on the platform I would desire to go mime and rhyme the exact mysteries that he spoke to the colosse church [colossians 1:27], Ephesus church [Ephesians 2:1,4-6] and roman church [Romans 5:1-2].

Hopefully some of the students that are being interested in the "pop idolship" through the posters would be able to do this that Paul did!

Calmness amid a storm!
As I got to discover and understand the paths and lifestyle of my pop idol, I was scared off alittle in my planned escapade of following up in his steps and fitting in his shoes! The scare was what befell him at a later course of the ministry that he was given to. From Acts 19:23 through the last chapters of the acts of apostle, Paul is beaten up, scared to death, spat on, the weather as well was unfavourable [Acts 27:13 -44], he was rioted against [some of the "rioters" didn't even know the reason for the riots, they just joined in Acts 19:32], Paul was hated by many, accused falsely, mention it all. According to today's standards and making an evaluation of what Paul went through, is there any other storm of humilation greater than this in our lives?

In this raising dusty storms that Paul went through, there was one who gave him a peace of mind, He appeared to him in all these persecutions... A small sweet voice of Jesus brought him a calmness and strengthened him to run the race further... [Acts 23:11... While in jail Jesus said to Paul... "Be brave", Acts 27:24... In the stormy weather on the boat trip, an angel said to him... "Paul, dont be afraid" ...

You know him know, the greatest "pop idol" I have ever met!

Who is your pop Idol?
Am trying Mr.Linky today! Can you write a blog about your idol and link to this blog today by entering your details below

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Character Building Vs Suffering!

Whats your take?
Character is built in suffering, right? Shouldn't we then stop suffering to make character shaping progress? Well these statements on suffering are conceptual in one way or the other but I can't justify this profound concept concretely at the moment...

My personal opinion!
As I think through Character building and suffering, am reminded of the teaching on God's grace and Sin by the Apostle Paul that raised a controversial issue that good enough Paul addressed well in Romans 6... Whereas Romans 5:20 mentions that where sin increased, grace increased all the more, Romans 6:1 - 2 commends us not to continue in sin though grace will abound should we continue in our sinful ways! In light to suffering and character building, how about to end the suffering and maybe seek other means of character building!

Am indebted to Compassion International who have reached out to 1 million children in 24 countries around the world ending the suffering these little ones encounter in their lives. I have interacted with some of these children and well hope shines on their faces now that which had so long vanished.

Compassion International has approached child development with unique programs and what cuts across all these programs is the fact that you and me [sponsors] are linked directly to the children. Get linked to a child that you could support by clicking here...

Food for Thought
Helen Keller says that "the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it!"

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

With Eyes yet Blind!

John 9... ...
We serve, have and belong to an amazing God, so divine in all His ways! I came to office this morning after a short and quiet weekend in the country side and a colleague from the Ghana office was sharing with us in the early morning devotions that we normally have as organisation. Opening our bibles we read together from John 9 and he explicitly sliced the chapter of this great gospel into small edible contents that we could consume and meditate on.

Am still wandering why the scribes had so many questions popping up yet the truth lay right before them, the answers to their un-ending questions was in the fact that the blind-man was blind this long that God's work would be displayed in His life... John 9:3... With their own yet they couldn't see!!!

My experience... ...
On my way to the country side, I went singing rock of ages though most of the time I was telling funny but real stories to my friend who I travelled with... I wanted to sing on my return as well but I instead was marvelling in awe at God's work-He is the greatest innovator I have encountered in my life. I wanted to go home and join angels in adoration of Him... ... With this desire I sang in my heart one of the hymns I have heard and sang even when I didn't know the lyrics since I was little... ... my leg was stamping the taxi a.k.a matatu floor and the hymn went on & on....

I will sing the wondrous story
of the Christ who died for me

Sing it with the saints in glory
gathered by the crystal sea!

Rather unfortunate that I interchanged the chorus and words, good enough is that my neighbour didn't know the words as well atleast I would want to presume so... if they did then I will be the joke at their church next Sunday!

Talk about un-answered questions! Do you any un-answered questions on sponsoring-a-child, Compassion International could help answer a few of the questions you do have, click here

Food for Thought
Fear of the pain blinds us to the goal of healing. Only by seeing our problems clearly and experiencing them can we do something about them... Bob Hoffma [American Peak Performance Consultant, Author]

Saturday, March 8, 2008

On the Roag Again!

I will be travelling to a 45 minutes drive destination away from Kampala city, to a small town called Mityana to have a quiet time away from the busy-ness of the city where car drivers never cease to hoot or race noisily their engines.

As I always to do when riding on the highway... I will go singing to the wonderful creation of God, the trees, swamps, birds, mountains and hills.... Rock of Ages

1. Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.

2. Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law's commands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.

3. Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.

4. While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.

Will back on the blog block on monday 10th March 2008, blessed weekend!

Friday, March 7, 2008

The Art of Management!

Childhood Management!
Because am sorrounded by children most times, memories of my childhood tend to ring back in my mind at different intervals of my day. Today, I was reminded of the time in my early 10's when my mum would instruct me to make my bed, comb my hair or even organise my room; hesistantly in many cases I would do what would be required of me but days would come when surely I found it difficult to even clean the dirty dishes in the sink.

I do realise now that mum's instructions back then were probably my first lessons in personal management, I dont regret attending these classes though some a real inconvienience to my own TV watching and playing schedules.

Adulthood Management!
Old habits dont easily die, natives in my country like that saying! I wish some old habits would die in this country; on the Ugandan streets paper bags are thrown just beside dustbins and wastes in water drainages. I get an impression were are poor managers in that.

I would want to believe management is not meant for 2 or 5 people in our organisations or companies that are called by Title Managers but rather for all. Definition has it that Management is comprises of Planning, organizing, Directing or Leading and Monitoring.

Successful living has elements of proper management, how often do we think through our monthly expenditures or even the simple resources we do have to our exposure? I commend to the art of Planning, Organising and Monitoring which is Management.

Benefits of Perfect Management Traits!
It is all summed up in Luke 16:10 [also in Mathew 25:21,23 & Luke 19:17]
"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much"

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Meditate on It!

God's Love!
Come with me as we explore revelations to Paul on God's Love! We shall run through the verses engraved in the letter to the Roman Church.

Romans 8:31 - 39
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for Us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:

For your sake, we are killed all day long; we are accounted for the slaughter [Psalm 44:22]

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present not things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

My Response and Recommendations!
I notice in the passage above one word feeds into another to paint out what manner of Love God has install for each of Us. How do you respond to these great revelation. I would recommend two things

1. 1 John 4:19 "We love Him because He loved us First"
2. Romans 12:10 "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;" & 1 Thessalonians 4:9 "But concerning brotherly love you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another"

Whats your response to God's love for You? Bless you!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Sniper on the Exodus!

Exodus, huh?
Every time the word "Exodus" is used, my mind is set running to the times of Moses and the Children of Israel more so their movement from Egypt to the promised land. Wonderful story to tell the young and the Old!

Before one start off the exodus/journey to my Country Uganda, you are required to prescribe to antimalarials of some sort which are meant to help prevent Malaria infection incase one accidentally gets a Mosquito bite! Malaria is among the many diseases that has killed and continues to kill so many people in Uganda and I call it a Assassin/Sniper!

Malaria - the Sniper!
Malaria is a vector borne infectious disease caused by protozoan parasites transmitted by a female Anopheles mosquito. Once bitten by a mosquito, there are high chances of being infected by Malaria unless you are on antimalarials. Researchers say malaria has infected humans for over 50,000 years.

In Uganda alone, Ministry of Health publishes statistics that indicate that 2.7 Million cases of Malaria infection were recorded in 1999 while worldwide it is mentioned that 1 - 3 million people die due to untreated malaria. Not so many people in Uganda especially in those in remote/rural areas would actually know malaria symptoms and signs [fever, shivering, joint pain, vomiting and convulsions].

Prevention and Treatment methods have been put in place by the Government but statistics from UNICEF indicate that only a few people can access preventative methods; only 7% of children under 5 years sleep under mosquito net and non of these little sleeps under a treated mosquito net. The little ones are the most vulnerable of all people and many have died at one shoot from this sniper [Malaria].

Bravo Compassion!
Committed to the protection and care of the children, Compassion has not only given Children and their parents the joy of having children sponsored but this organization has also intervened in the provision of Mosquito nets to the children to prevent the spread of the pandemic but more so to ensure that these lovely children live to see their dreams come to pass without the sniper coming in the way!

You and I can make a difference by supporting compassion in the prevention of malaria.
Click here to support compassion in this cause!

Food for Thought!
Exodus 15:26
And said, if thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon there, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: For I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Weekend Scenes!

Friday Morning
Vibrations of my phone ringing woke me up from my deep sleep last friday morning and in mind I was wondering who was calling at 2:30am. After a huge struggle to trying to openning my eyes, I checked my phone only to realise it was my cousin calling telling me I have to try on the phone for his sister who was feeling unwell. I got to find out it was Malaria affecting her terribly that it was affecting her brains. Malaria has really written off lives of many people here in Uganda, I will give us statistics later on this week.

Up and Down Saturday!
I was visiting my cousin's sister and all day we prayed for her, family friends and relatives by passed by to support my cousins. From my cousin's sister I went to figure out a solitary place that we could have the Alpha Sunday at! At the end of the day, I wanted to fall on my bed and just pass out! Ever heard such days in your life, I need some advice on how I should handle them.

Alpha Sunday!
Still exhausted from Saturday's movements, I pulled my blankets upwards to cover my head at 7am forgetting I was meant to meet up with the Youth from church for what turned up to be a wonderful experience in learning the Word of God and experience Him through His Spirit. [Was I out of my mind or I had forgotten what Proverbs 6:10 - 11 says, "Alittle sleep, Alittle Slumber, Alittle folding of hands to sleep; so shall poverty "]

On Sunday morning alongside 132 students from my Home Church took our sunday service to a more solitary place away from any noise or disruptions. We had a morning sessions on What does the Holy Spirit Do and an afternoon session on How to be filled with the Holy Spirit; Alpha course covers these topics in depth.

We wrapped up our day with a prayer session which had interludes of worship songs and well am still in awe of how God through His Spirit can manifest to His beloved. The students were yearning for God and there He was, some shouted in tongues of angels, others fell on their knees, others cried while others stood and watched their fellas. It was awesome! Am stil in awe.

Wakie Wakie Monday!
With all the friday - Sunday events I wanted to take a day off but well I couldnt, I just had to come to work. Hopefully I will be fresh enough to post a beautiful and non-personal blog tommorrow.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

An experience in Uganda!

Today's scripture!
Proverbs 29:13 "A poor man and the oppressor have this in common; the LORD gives sight to see the eyes of both"

I thought I should send you off with a scripture as you listen to what my friends say about their experience in Uganda while they were here in February 2008.

A friend says, "It was absolutely Hilarious....", read more