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Oct
21

I slept in the office for four days preparing for my first business pitch

The most important seven minutes during the pitch. PHOTO BY The Innovation Village/Twitter By Alex Taremwa The Workshop Uganda is a media start up I conceived in 2017. As a journalist who had written large-firm profiles for some of Uganda’s top newspapers, I noticed that voices from the small business sector where more than 50% […]

Oct
20

What Could You Do?

A couple weeks ago, our blog asked, “What would you do?” if you found yourself on an episode of John Quiñone’s “What Would You Do?” television series. Just as important to consider is your answer to the question, “What could you do?” The answers to two out of the three life-threatening scenarios were “no brainers.” I can’t […]

Oct
20

The Plague and the Promise

by Tad de Bordenave In the records of biblical history we read of times when God directly intervened in the affairs of our world. The lesson in this Sunday’s reading from Isaiah 45 gives a clear example. “I will go before you, Cyrus, and level mountains. I will smash gates of bronze and cut through […]

Oct
16

Prayer: the power to change the world

Photo by Igor Rodrigues on Unsplash How exciting it is that God has called each of us to partner with Him to bring actual, tangible change in the world through prayer! The Lord tells us in James 5:16 “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” God is calling His people to stand […]

Oct
15

Then and Now: Prayer in Impossible Circumstances

Antioch, a cosmopolitan city, a place to go for a great party and shady deals. Yet it is this city, where there were no moral boundaries, that the truth of Christ was shared with both Jews and Greeks. It is here that the followers of Christ were first called Christians. Oh, how they must have […]

Oct
15

Reflections on 20 years of Service with AFM

By The Rev. Canon Dr. Pete and Dr. Shirleen Wait, Pastors to AFM Cross-Cultural Workers I (Shirleen) grew up as a Baptist and was confirmed into the Anglican way of life as a college student. I was an active Baptist, especially in my teen years, and at fifteen years old, I had a life-changing experience […]

Oct
14

‘We cannot keep preaching the gospel to the poor without helping them realize their potential’

Rev. Ocen shows one of the houses already at roofing level By Olum Douglas On September 14, 2020, Milton Olanya, a retired primary school teacher, and his family were left under the open sky when their grass thatched hut was gutted by fire from an unknown source. All his belongings, including valuable documents and garden […]

Oct
12

Who is Being Left to Die?

What is your reaction when you hear that someone has been “left to die”? Does it matter what the circumstances of the person being left to die are? Is it worse to be left alone to die, or is the presence of another person during the dying process a form of comfort, a sign of […]

Oct
06

What Would You Do?

Imagine you found yourself on an episode of John Quiñone’s “What Would You Do?” television series and observed: A distraught man is standing on the side of a bridge, his legs slightly bent, prepared to jump into the icy water below. A stranger slurs, “I’m heading out!” to her friend across the bar, waves with […]

Oct
05

UCU alumnus lifts up students, teachers during pandemic

Nsubuga (at left) with workers at the school farm By Maxy Magella Abenaitwe Teachers worldwide are often underpaid, frequently disrespected, sometimes suppressed and occasionally ignored. This is despite that educating children is one of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with the acknowledgement that 69 million primary and secondary teachers will be needed globally to […]

Oct
02

The good news of the Good News!

October 2nd, 2020 by Global Teams “Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.” –Proverbs 25:25 Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash Psalm 91, distributed by GT workers in Bangladesh, has provided hope and encouragement to many during the pandemic. Our leader there reports that although 80 believers have […]

Oct
01

The Surprising Contextualizability of Anglicanism—Yes, Anglicanism—to Frontier Mission Fields

I remember it as clear as yesterday. Ahmet had left Islam and decided to follow Jesus. In the Middle Eastern country where I served, this was not illegal, but it also wasn’t easy. After a few months of walking with Jesus, Ahmet approached me and said, “Chris, now that I’ve become a Christian, tell me […]

Sep
28

Time to laugh: UCU student-turned-comedian tells you why

Emmanuel Otim poses for a photo after his interview with UCU Partners. By Maxy Magella Abenaitwe Most Ugandan children have been told that holding on to sciences – that is, the traditional, formal curriculum – is the only key to success.  Little or no value is attached to talents outside that box or personal passions. […]

Sep
25

The God Who Values Life Values Relationships, Too.

It’s been going on for awhile now. The lines are drawn. Social media relationships have been blocked or unfriended. The Sanctity of Life has unfortunately been a divisive topic for a long time–way before this election year. But the God who values life values relationships, too. How do you keep peace when friends and relatives […]

Sep
22

UCU admissions perspective: From in-person hustle and bustle to on-line service

Members of the UCU student admissions team, including the author of this story (third from left, front row), pose for a photo taken before the COVID-19 restrictions. By Eleanor Ithungu According to the United Nations, the COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more […]

Sep
21

UCU moves ahead with e-learning as Uganda gives partial lift to education lockdown

The UCU Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Kitayimbwa; Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance and Administration, Mr. David Mugawe; University Council Chairman Prof. Alfred Olwa; and Vice-Chancellor Assoc. Prof. Aaron Mushengyezi pose after a recent meeting. (Photo by Sam Tatambuka) By John Semakula The government of Uganda has lifted its six-month lockdown on education, allowing […]

Sep
18

Your Thoughts Are Where Your Actions Begin

Photo by Lili Popper on Unsplash Is the lingering of COVID-19 keeping you from peace? Is it the pandemic or the trickle down of events that has captured your thoughts and has you stuck? Your thoughts matter and your thoughts are where your actions begin…even without a plan. Be encouraged! God has the power and […]

Sep
18

Agape Year Launches into the Woods

SAMS Mission Director Stewart Wicker was blessed to join the Agape Year 4.0 Fellows on the trail for part of their orientation! Ethan, Eva, Aiden, and Amara are building community while facing challenges together along the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail in Pennsylvania. Pictured above: SAMS Missionary Nate Twitchell and Fellows Eva and Ethan pose […]

Sep
18

Home in Cambodia again!

Thanks be to God!We are safely back in Cambodia, with one day remaining in our third 14 day quarantine in 5 months.  Let’s just say that we don’t recommend movement between countries during a pandemic!  While the summer had many encouragements, it was disappointing for us to miss out on connecting with supporters and churches. […]

Sep
17

New Horizons

Dear friends, family and supporters, View fullsize Greetings from the Midwest of the United States! Our second son, James, was born this week, and as parents of two wonderful boys we could not be happier! Mary Beth’s pregnancy made it to a whopping 39 weeks, at which point her doctor recommended an induction, and for […]