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Jul
10

Scripture Translation presents unique challenges

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Many people groups that are experiencing new movements to Christ still lack a useable scripture translation. One of our Global Teams field partners is working on translating the Old and New Testaments into the “heart language” of a people group in a remote, rural location in South Asia. In […]

Jul
07

‘Nothing inspires me like bringing new life into the world’

UCU Alum Christine Nimwesiga poses with a group of nurses after training them on maternal health practices. By Alex Taremwa (NOTE:  Story and photos were generated before Uganda’s COVID-19 lockdown.) Buried deep in the western region Ibanda District is Uganda Christian University (UCU) Nursing Graduate Christine Nimwesiga. A trained nurse and midwife, she deputizes the […]

Jul
06

When Weeds and Wheat Thrive

Editor’s Note: Throughout the summer, we are thrilled to be able to reintroduce to you a number of Life Lectionary lessons we’ve gathered over the past few years. You can look for these passages and teachings that affirm and celebrate life biweekly. This selection is based on Matthew 13:24-30. Jesus sets a pattern in Matthew […]

Jul
02

Medical Clinic in Nigeria Serving Rural and Urban Poor Receives PPE Through World Relief Fund

SAMS missionaries are still serving and sharing the gospel in the places they are called during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are living out their Great Commission call, and the SAMS’ incarnational service value. The Rev. Tom Furrer leads Kitari Medical Services, a medical ministry to the rural and urban poor in Nigeria. Tom received a […]

Jul
02

Apac, Uganda, nursing school director credits UCU for her impact

Margaret Ekel, founder and director of Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Mid-wifery in Apac, northern Uganda By Douglas Olum While growing up in a northern Uganda village in the 1960s, Margaret Ekel admired nursing assistants who occasionally visited to interact with the people, including her parents, Tezira and Jeremiah Okot.  As a young girl, […]

Jun
30

After the SCOTUS Decision on Abortion Doctors

On March 4, I stood in front of the U.S. Supreme Court praying, while the oral arguments were heard for the Louisiana June Medical Services v. Russo case. I was joined by hundreds of other women who regret their abortion, interceding before the Lord, that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) would understand […]

Jun
29

The Case for Social Media Detox

Now, more than ever, it’s so important that we encourage everyone in our life – no matter their age – to social media detox and really take a break from screens. Months of being quarantined at home, with nowhere to go and sometimes (what feels like) nothing to do, made it easy to just melt […]

Jun
26

Pray for the Persecuted

Photo by Daniel Von Appen on Unsplash As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord […]

Jun
25

World Relief Grants Help Inject Funds into Local Madagascar Economy

SAMS missionaries are still serving and sharing the gospel in the places they are called during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are living out their Great Commission call, and the SAMS’ incarnational service value. Jacky Lowe, missionary in Madagascar, received a World Relief Fund grant to build concrete benches at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Toliara, providing […]

Jun
24

Community collaboration is asset to quality nurse delivery in Uganda

Elizabeth Nagudi Situma, left, UCU Head of Nursing, and students meet with Magdalene Nayonjo, a community resident By Caleb Bamwesiga Magdalene Nayonjo is one of 653 residents of Nakkoba Village, located in rural Dundu Parish, Kyampisi Sub County – about a 45-minute mostly bumpy bus ride from the Uganda Christian University (UCU) main campus. At […]

Jun
22

Jeremiah: Example, not Excuse

Jeremiah 20:7-13 Editor’s Note: Throughout the summer, we are thrilled to be able to reintroduce to you a number of Life Lectionary lessons we’ve gathered over the past few years. You can look for these passages and teachings that affirm and celebrate life biweekly. As I read this passage in Jeremiah 20:7-13, I began to […]

Jun
18

“We had to send students away…” Pandemic Complicates Pastor Training at Solomon Islands Seminary

Because of a lack of proper sanitation facilities at the Trinity School for Ministry and Theology at Airahu in the Solomon Islands, faculty and staff, including SAMS Missionary Jonathan Hicks, were forced to send students training to become pastors home when the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. Thanks to the support of SAMS senders giving to […]

Jun
17

Community visits reinforce practical side of Ugandan health care

UCU Nursing student Nankya Brenda Diana visits a village family By Patty Huston-Holm Four plastic cups of passion juice. Several crumbling, miniature queen cakes. Bananas. Two melting strawberry and vanilla ice cream cones – a relatively new treat on the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono campus. Laughter. For 15 of the university’s year-four nursing students, […]

Jun
17

Aborted black babies–can we change the statistics?

As discussion about racism continues to dominate our news, these statistics about aborted black babies recently came across my desk: 1 out of 3 black babies – 800 every day – are aborted; 34% of black babies were aborted in 2017; 61.3 million babies have died by abortion in the U.S.A. since 1973, 19.4 million were conceived […]

Jun
13

‘Choose to see the good in the bad thing’

A crowd under Ojok’s exercise instruction after the MTN marathon last year By Maxy Magella Abenaitwe For most Ugandans, the COVID-19 lockdown has been a financially painful time of watch and see. The presidential speeches have been a wave of hope whose flap never settles. Lives have come to a standstill. For a few, however, […]

Jun
12

A COVID-19 Update

Recently, we shared with you the effects the global pandemic have been having on our field partners and the people to whom they minister around the world. Although Global Teams International is not a relief agency, our hearts felt the need to respond to the pandemic related food shortage in certain locations of Central Asia, […]

Jun
10

University staff blesses community amidst COVID-19 lockdown

Ayub inspects a backyard nursery bed with one of his learners By Douglas Olum When Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni directed COVID-19 restrictions on March 20, 2020, many citizens wondered how they would survive.  The lockdown order involved closure of all schools and academic institutions, ban of public transportation and shutting of businesses except for manufacturing […]

Jun
08

Racism and Abortion Have A Lot in Common

At the end of May, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across a letter written by a few Anglican Bishops that addressed the awful death of George Floyd. I barely finished the first sentence before I began to weep. In the first few paragraphs they said everything I have been trying to […]

Jun
05

A Non-Traditional Blessing

May God bless us with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that we may live deep within our hearts. May God bless us with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that we may work for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless us with tears to shed for those […]

Jun
05

Mental Health Ministry during COVID-19

Statistics are hard to find in Zambia, and they are even harder to find in a pandemic. One thing we do know is that we have been getting twice as many need requests for help than we usually do. My work in Zambia centers around providing mental health support. Even at normal times, the need […]