Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Protect the Children...

I found this particular post from a friend provoking and also an awakening call for all of us to stand on the look out with such zeal and eagerness to protect the children with in and with out our boundaries. Click here to read more

Thanks to another friend, I nearly broke my ribs. At your own risk, click here to read more about this crazy world!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Love is Wicked???

Personal mode of Transportation...
So many times on my way to and or from work, I use public vehicles. In Uganda, the public vehicles are uniform in one way or the other, they are 14 seater and have a "T" trademark engraved around the driver's door. This uniformity goes on. These mini buses have loud speakers echo out all varieties of music from all sorts of radio stations. Recently, while comfortably seated in one of the many taxis I have used since the year began and struggling not to listen yet the volume of the speakers at their maximum the song "LOVE IS WICKED" played on and on. I was disturbed by the lyrics of the song but the only consolation I had was the verses that rang in mind over and over again.

LOVE IS WICKED, is this the true meaning of LOVE? I don't think so, Let us not allow the world to redefine beautiful issues for us.

True definition of Love...
1 Corinthians 13:4 - 8b
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

And this is love expressed...
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Malaria Campaign...

Well as Compassion International exists as a child advocacy organisation using the Child Development approach, many times there are hindrances to developing. So often, these "bog down" factor accrue from the Community. To reach the main objectives (developing the child), Compassion International has come up with Programs labelled CIVs among which are Malaria Intervention, HIV/AIDS Intervention.
A friend elaborates more on the Malaria Intervention. Click here

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Art of Balancing...

Live Examples...
Stay away from your family [spouse] & children for some time [no matter the reason], sooner or later you have "family cracks" to repair. Distance yourself or as the King James Version terms yourself "thyself" from friends, sooner or later you have to think of good reasons to explain your distance. Maintain the habit of not fellowshipping with brethren at church and home cells or fellowships, soonest you will see the fruit of inconsistent feeding on the bread and wine from the Lord.
At your workplace, absorb yourself in tasks that don't contribute to your performance grading and well, you know what comes with under performance and low productivity especially when it is audible and visible to all; depending on the formality of one's workplace, it all could start with an abrupt and urgent discussion with your Superior and before you know it you are asked to exit.
Filling up loopholes...
In life, it is inevitable that different activities come our way in addition to what we do on our normal schedules. Some of these escapades have this "calling face" while others speak out in an audible voice giving instructions, you either join in or you join in. There is need to balance in life almost all aspects of life. While we maybe capable and very abled to run about and around to accomplish and meet "deadlines and targets", I would want to believe there is need to balance lest you end up repairing broke family, friendship and fellowship walls.
Biblical Reference...
Though the bible doesnt outstandingly mention the art of balancing in life, figuratively and indirectly the equivalent is scripted. While Jesus was on earth, we evidently see that He spent time with people here on earth among whom were his disciples, the diseased and ill, the lame and crippled, the demon possessed and "psychos". Also is it stipulated that He spends time with "earthly" people, the Author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus would isolate himself to specifically have quality time with His Father in prayer [Mark 1:35]. Many parts of the bible show that he also would set apart time for his disciples and friends.
Could it be a call for you and me to balance affairs of our personal life?

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Personal Blogging Evaluation

Economic Monitoring and Evaluation...

While at University, one of the many course units was Monitoring and Evaluation. A number of concepts alongside definitions of what was later abbreviated as M&E, during the sessions I would pick up principles which I later translated into life principles. The challenge later came into transitting the economic concepts
Imagine, the Proffessor giving you history of this and that from 1800 to-date, if one is not careful and attentive you join your coursemates in a napping session during a lecture. Surely, there is a need to monitor and evaluate our affairs, finances, children, projects and your own life. Economically or interms of Project terminology, you need to know whether you progressing in meeting your targets/objectives and the effects desired. Information from M&E escapades helps in decision making, development and future planning has bearing to M&E results.
Maybe it is time to check out how you are progressing on your new year's resolutions!
M&E Blogging experience...
Here are a few basic points that I discovered even a
1. God has been my stronghold and guide compiling the posts
2. Blogging is a discipline and you need to cultivate that discipline/habit
3. Blogging is a network you cant work alone, share the fun with as many as you can [am glad am doing this]
4. Blogging has been a learning experience, am still in Blog class

Make M&E part of your many life principles... works for me

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Special Prayer for the Children...

Events in Uganda...
Approximately a fortnight ago, news headlines had it that; 20 girl pupils in a primary school here in Uganda were killed in a fire that caught up in the school dormitory. While chatting with a friend about Korea affairs, he mentioned that several of the children there are critically ill. Still in Uganda, more than 50 children were defiled in one district, there was a storm in the Eastern Uganda a week back and 2 children died instantly. Many are involved in avoidable accidents!
Humble Request...
I do believe there are many happenings that are affecting the children all over the world. Let us remember the children in our prayers.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Back to Regular Blogging..

Before shutting down the computer to leave office for church fellowship today, colleagues came saying... "We are back on." Wandering and asking myself what they meant, I gave them a puzzled look for awhile until one of them clearly mentioned, "we can surf, our internet connections are back on." Wow...

I can now post my thoughts, meditations, convictions and opinions on more regular basis. I will compile more articles/posts as the week goes by. For now, I leave you with the words of the Psalmist - Psalm 75:1, 6 -7

We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks!
For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is near.

For exaltation comes neither from the east
Nor from the west nor from the south.

But God is the Judge:
He puts down one,
And exalts another.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ugandan Blogging!!

Mathew 10:8... Freely you have received, freely give
We have been having trouble accessing internet connections for the past days and this has lagged down my posts. Though I have not been online, I have been working on several assignments offline.Here is my story!

Not a few months back, I was introduced to a world of "online Journalling" which in the IT world has been referred to as Blogging. Lately, I have been interesting several of my friends in Uganda to blog. Well, soon I will be giving a list of all those who started out blogging.

Nothing much to air out for today.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Preoccupied to Blogg!!!

Last Week...
One after the other, tasks and asssignments to accomplish have been coming in, all for my attention! That pretty much explains why I have been kept away from posting articles for awhile. Among so many achievements, with a team of 6 youth who are doing a great job in Ukraine as compassion advocates we travelled to Western Uganda.
Towards the end of the week, while I was thinking of compiling up a post behold a call to help out set up an outing for the youth at my church came in. Glory to God, all went well at this retreat/outing, youth shared several testimonies on how they have been impacted by the discipleship course (Alpha Course) we have been doing for a couple of weeks.
Past week's Highlight...
My highlight in the time I have been away from blogging was my interaction with one of the children that I visited in one of the Compassion Projects in Uganda. I will share with you my experience with this young man.
Anthony is about 6 years and currently lives with his mother who was divorced from his then husband after a series of domestic abuse. It was in these series of beatings that Anthony was bruised while he was still in the womb. Currently Anthony has a chronic chest and abdominal pain. As a single parent, Anthony's mother struggles to feed her children, maintain and pay up for the house bills comes with lots of hardwork and sometimes the raised funds are never sufficient. Anthony was registered with Compassion and now shares a strong relationship with his sponsor. The climax of the happiness and his relationship is the Support that Anthony receives through Compassion from the Sponsor. Anthony's mother doesnt have to struggle raising Anthony's school fees for his Education and Compassion is taking up the responsibility of ensuring that Anthony's health is well once again.
Making a difference in a child's life takes you and me, we appreciate organisations like Compassion International that are doing all they can to minister and rejuvenate the lost hope among so many children. Join in today in the Compasssion Wave as we help out as many children as we can.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Taming Hunger & Thirst....

Spiritual Hunger and Thirst...
We were chatting online on msn messenger when she asked me how am spiritually, physically and emotionally. We shared in our status and well just like Paul, we found out that we are not where we would want to be spiritually. We want more... Heather Ninsiima, sent me these scriptures and I found them fitting and appropriate for many of us who hunger for a deeper unison with Jesus...

Proverbs 2:3-5...
And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.

Deuteronomy 42:9...
But if from there you seek the LORD your God, you will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Isaiah 55:1-2...
"Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Matthew 5:6...
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Meditate on these things

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

On the Road...

On short notice I will be travelling to Mbarara on 9th April 2008 until 10th April 2008...

Proverbs 3:3 - 4
Let love and faithfulness never leave you find them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Immortal and Unchangin!

Many are scared into what turns out a memorable relationship, so uncomparable and none like it!!! We become the children and He becomes our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord. He has attributes so good to comprehend at times, some are in His Son's radiance.
Hebrews 13:8...
He is the same yesterday, today and Forever.
He wont change in loving you and caring about your needs. In life we have friends who come and go, others leave huge scars on our hearts, while others you wouldnt want to leave. Once our God becomes apart of our life, His nature He comes along with and this nature doesnt change or fluctuate as the seasons passby.
Romans 3:3 - 4...
True, some of them were unfaithful; but just because they were unfaithful, does that mean God will be unfaithful? Of course not! Even if everyone else is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say about him...
God is faithful to the end, there is a phrase that goes - He is true to His word and true to His promises. He shows Himself strong even at the point we are ready to give up.
Am inviting you to a closer and stronger relationship with the loving, caring and never changing God.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

A prayer for Our Cities!

Crime Report...
Filled with grief and with a troubled heart I flipped through pages of different local newspapers the other day, one thing was common among all the articles. Crime rates are on the increase in our country and most affected are the children. Yesterday's local newspaper headline - The New Vision had a release of Crime Report statistics around Kampala and the Entire country Uganda. Details of the crime report indicated defilement, child trafficking and many children are being exploited through Child labour. In the same report, CID published that more than 12,ooo crimes are reported monthly.
Today's New Vision had yet another heart breaking headline, a child was more like caned to death. There is a call for us for the cities around the world, join me in this cause.

Psalm 55:11
"Destructive forces are at work in the city, threats and lies never leave its street." Let us interceed for our countries, for our continents and for our children that peace and joy may reign once more amongst us.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Diggin into the Numeric World!!!

Ultimatums in Emails...
My cousin sent me an email yesterday morning with this title subject that would make anyone reading it want to read the email instantly. Count me a victim of this enticing subject title because I indeed opened the email. After glancing through the contents, I was convinced there was a driving force behind it not that am so "spiritual" or something. The contents had some numbers which at a closer look signify something!

Have you received an email or emails in your inbox, junk or spam commanding you to send a message to 6 people in the next 6 minutes and that something you have long desired for shall be given to you in the next 6 days? Do you realise the 6's combined round off to triple 6 [666]. 666 has connotations attached to it and am sure every body knows what 666 represents. Revelations 13 and 14 tells us that 666 is a number that has bearing to the beast-the Devil-who does he has blinded into his dark world.

There are other categories of emails that are backed up by stories which put you in a position of "either forwarding or sending to requested people that email". Many times you are left without an option, you just have to send that email to atleast 69 people less the person you received the email from. Always be vigilant to observe the number of people you are asked to send to that particular email!!! 69 has a connotation attached to it, new flash huh? I have seen several t-shirts with this number engraved on them. I wouldn't recommend selling or purchasing of materials with 69 on.

There are more numbers that meaningful connotations attached to me... say 888 and all. Are we mindful of the numeric world and what these numbers represent...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Appreciating ya all...

Lesson from an Artist...
He was a great african reggae or ragga artist, sang so many encouraging and inspiring Songs, however we lost him! In one of his many songs he sang that life is like a ladder, we meet many people who are climbing up and others are "climbing" down. On the same you will meet people who are so eager to help us move to the next steer of the ladder while others may fight very hard and do what they can to see you drop to the lower steers of the ladder.

Appreciation to you all...
I uploaded a "sitemeter" on this blog two weeks back to help me project traffic, it is a small tool that helps you monitor your blog or website. It was yesterday that I decided to generate a small graph for all ya people to view, in the graph it shows who visits this blog. I want to appreciate you all [people in America, Africa, Australia and Europe] for taking keen interest in following up on the posts that I publish. Am grateful. I would love to hear from you. are there any key issues that you would love us to share on this blog to improve this blog, if you have any please add them to the comments.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Intoxicating Adverts!

My Observations...
On my way home a couple of days ago out of curiosity combined with so much eagerness, my eyes kept glancing at the various billboards around the city as the taxi we were seated in found it's way to my home. There was this one advert that made wonder what a person actually perceive and consequently do when they read it!!!

The advert from a local brewery company stands out to the public, call it advising or the equivalent imploring many to do this one thing I would refer to as abominable.

Advert goes... Dont forget someone for the Road as you leave that Bar...Given a chance, I would edit this statement and we would have for a change... Before you leave the home dont forget a Proverb or a Psalm for the day... We dont have as many adverts on billboards asking whoever would read them to either reach out to a child soaked in poverty or even find a church and learn more about God... In my opinion, this is fertile ground in regard to mass media evangelism... How about Billboards with John 3:16... Or John 10:10??!!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

With Us in All

Morning Interruptions...
At the time you think of leaving home early morning for work the clouds on the other hand are opening up their reserves and before you know it, a heavy down pour of rain is hitting so hard. Fortunately the rains came in at the time, we needed them most though too much of it gets me alittle cuckoo. Many fellow countrymen are being driven crazy by the regular morning rains here in Uganda. Yesterday, while in a prayer meeting a colleague made a prayer request; He asked all who were in attendance to pray that the rains would reduce [he had a number of reasons to back up this request, very justifiable!!]

He answers all Prayers ...
Am grateful towards God's mercies but to crown it all up and this brings me joy-that God answers all prayers aligned to His will. Apostle John to whom many revelations were told in a divine manner writes saying...

1 John 5:13 - 15
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of Him...

Our patience is tested when the answer is no or not yet, that time is like an metal subjected to fire that it might be easily molded into a finer shape. Better an answer no matter what the answer content than no answer at all!