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Jul
22

The Gospel Tells Us Who We Are

In Christian teaching we often mix up the idea of imperatives and indicatives—commands and truths. Some of us think that imperatives threaten our freedom. Others love these commands, but for the wrong reasons, thinking that if we keep the commands we can somehow present ourselves as righteous people. Both of these approaches distract from the […]

Jul
18

Latin America Face to Face Meeting – Part One

July 18th, 2019 by Global Teams Leaders from several Global Teams Latin America bases convened in Central Mexico this month for brainstorming, Bible study, training, and fellowship. Keep posted for more pictures and stories from the gathering. Related About the Author: Global Teams Global Teams equips and sends field partners from many nations to multiply […]

Jul
16

UCU student mixes entrepreneurship with artistry

Onyong Yubu Prince, a student in UCU Journalism, Communication and Media Studies By Patty Huston-Holm Creativity and resourcefulness have long been part of life for Onyong Yubu Prince. So, for the gospel singer-turned university student, it was only natural that he should jump at the chance to do something new – like writing children’s books. […]

Jul
16

July update from Belize.

Evan here: I’m linking FOUR! videos at the bottom of this post. One is a longer video I shared on Facebook about our favorite jungle swimming hole. It features a lot of Annabelle. : ) Just before our last email, Fr. David and Mary Beth had left for home for the remainder of the year. […]

Jul
16

Take Action – Watching a Pro-Life Film

Each month we will offer a list of action ideas so you can defend, honor, and celebrate Life in your churches and communities on our Take Action page. This month, we are looking at viewing a pro-life film. Imagine being told what you should or should not do with your body.  Imagine having outsiders that do […]

Jul
10

New Chaplain shares personal aspirations and expectations for Uganda Christian University community

The Reverend-Engineer Paul Wasswa Ssembiro Introduction: The Reverend-Engineer Paul Wasswa Ssembiro is no stranger to Uganda Christian University (UCU). A mechanical engineer, teacher and preacher, his careers have taken him different places, including UCU. He has been an Assistant Lecturer at Makerere University and Kyambogo University, has worked as a Provincial Secretary to the Church […]

Jul
08

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Suicide and the Culture of Death

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.  And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” Anglican poet John Donne wrote these famous words in […]

Jul
03

Church leases house, land for UCU SoM expansion

Acting UCU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations, Mr. David Mugawe (UCU Partners photo) By Douglas Olum In the words of the Rev. Dr. Stephen Noll, “Uganda Christian University (UCU) is the greatest investment of the Anglican Church in Sub-Saharan Africa.” As the expressions of the first and former UCU Vice Chancellor resonate, […]

Jul
01

Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of 2. If you missed part 1, click here. What of the Nicene Creed (or the Nicene-Constantinopalitan Creed, for those who wish to be more detailed)? Likewise I recommend its memorization. The genesis of the Apostles’ Creed was related to baptism: what was a biblical summary of the basics of Christianity […]

Jun
27

A Lesson of Love: The Value of Life at the End

My sweet mother-in-law passed away just over a year ago, early on Easter Sunday of 2018. I have always thought that that must be a wonderful day to go to Heaven. While we know Heaven is a place of constant praise and celebration of God, don’t you think it must be extra spectacular on Easter? […]

Jun
26

Mission Partnership in Practice

Jun
26

Graduation Week in Belize- Photos and Video

This message has a bit from both Evan and Missy. Missy’s update is first and Evan’s short update is at the bottom along with a video of kids singing that you don’t want to miss. Hello, Missy here again.I spent Friday, June 7th and Thursday, June 13th conducting retreats for the soon-to-be high school students […]

Jun
25

Growth of unaffiliated churches raises questions about pastor authenticity

2014 representation of religious demoninations in Uganda According to the 2014 census, roughly 84 percent of Ugandans are Christian, primarily Roman Catholics and Protestants (Anglicans, Lutherans, etc.). While exact figures are unknown, the number of born-again Christian churches – those without a specific denomination guiding Biblical interpretations and other church functions – is growing. This […]

Jun
24

Of Creeds and Christians from a Muslim Background, Part 1 of 2

What do Muslim believe? That there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet. That is the shahada of Islam. The Arabic root sh-h-d is also found in the word shaahid or witness and shahiid or martyr. Your Christian from a Muslim Background (CMB) knew the shahada and had probably born witness […]

Jun
24

The Facts About Abortion

Every day we are inundated with news concerning the unborn (and even partially born). Are they human? Do they have a right to life? As these questions surface again and again, activists from both sides of the argument come out in full force. Many notable politicians and public officials have come forth with their own […]

Jun
21

UCU nursing graduates seek to fill gap in Ugandan mental health care

  By Douglas Olum When Conrad Ochola suffered depression in 2017, he heard a voice in his head instructing him to strip naked. He walked before his elder sister with whom he lived and threw down his clothes. The abnormal action shocked not only the sister but also the rest of the family. They were […]

Jun
20

World Refugee Day: June 20, 2019

Today, on World Refugee Day, we reflect on the 26 million refugees around the world, forced to leave places like Syria, Iraq, Myanmar, Venezuela, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan. Hearing about global unrest can make us feel hopeless and helpless, but when we narrow our focus onto individual stories, we can clearly […]

Jun
18

Marentes Prayer Letter June 2019

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” (Psalm 37: 5). June 2019 Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, This is a follow-up to the SAMS / Denise Cox’s letter of May 16, 2019 sent to our supporters. Just by God’s grace and your sacrificial support we have served as […]

Jun
17

Faith Forged in Fire (My Experience in The Agape Year)

For those of you who don’t know, Agape Year is a new gap year program for recently graduated high schoolers. The program is located in Pittsburgh, and is an Anglican Global Mission Partners’ Initiative. Agape Year’s tagline is “Go deep. Go far. Go tell.” Over the course of eight months, the students (AKA “fellows”) spend […]

Jun
17

Take Action – Suicide Prevention

Each month we will offer a list of action ideas so you can defend, honor, and celebrate Life in your churches and communities on our Take Action page. This month, we are looking at suicide prevention. “The Peace of the Lord be with you.”  “And also with you.”   I said that every Sunday for decades, and […]