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Aug
11

Give God thanks in all circumstances, even COVID-19

Outgoing Uganda Christian University (UCU) Vice Chancellor, John Senyonyi (right front) poses recently with some of his leadership team, including the Mayor of Mukono, George Fred Kagimu (third from right); and the incoming Vice Chancellor, Aaron Mushengyezi (third from left). By the Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi Vice Chancellor, Uganda Christian University The global COVID-19 […]

Aug
10

The “All-In” Foster Adoption Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) recently launched the “All-In Foster Adoption Challenge,” a new campaign aimed at mobilizing Americans to find forever families for the approximately 125,000 children in the United States foster care system who are waiting for permanent adoptive families. According to ACF, “Absent […]

Aug
07

Disciple Making Multiplication!

Karamoja region of Uganda. Photo by Kiyingibrian, CC BY-SA 4.0 In April, Global Teams International launched six Discovery Bible studies in tribal languages in Northwest Uganda. Four groups in the remote Karamoja region are studying Bible stories in their language, Karamojong. One of the medical students from GT’s Uganda Medical Mission started a group in […]

Aug
06

Orombi: ‘Everybody has a calling and a reason for that calling’

Retiring UCU Vice Chancellor John Senyonyi, second from right, and his predecessor, Dr. Stephen Noll, right, with Archbishop Emeritus Henry Luke Orombi, his predecessor, Livingstone Mpalanyi Nkoyoyo (second left) and the Rt. Rev. Dr. Michael Kyomya bishop emeritus of Busoga Diocese. The Archbishop emeritus of the of the Province of the Church of Uganda and […]

Aug
03

A Matter of Personal Integrity

It seems simple enough, doesn’t it? When scripture (Matt 5:37) says, “Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’, and your ‘no,’ ‘no’…” we’re to understand personal integrity is demanded of everyone who claims Jesus as Lord. It is a most wonderful reality that Jesus Christ, after dying for us on the cross, conquered death and was raised […]

Jul
30

A Call to Prayer as We Remember the Sacrifices of William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, and Thomas Clarkson

Day for William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, and Thomas Clarkson, July 30, 2020 Dear friend in Christ, You are participating in the grandest story on earth—featuring a cast of billions: After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before […]

Jul
29

Legacy – Senyonyi discusses lessons learned, offers advice for successor

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, seated, with his wife, Ruth, and children and grandchildren in 2017 At the end of August 2020, the Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi says farewell to 19 years of service at Uganda Christian University (UCU), having come first in 2001 as a chaplain. He has been vice chancellor since […]

Jul
28

Legacy – VC Senyonyi thoughts on education backlash of pandemic

The Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, departing vice chancellor, shares thoughts with journalist John Semakula (Photo by Samuel Tatambuka) At the end of August 2020, the Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi says farewell to 19 years of service at Uganda Christian University (UCU), having come first in 2001 as a chaplain. He has been vice […]

Jul
27

Growing Spiritual Fruit in a Pandemic Summer

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  Galatians 5:22-23 Here at the end of July 2020, life may look a lot different for you and your family this season. I know it does for us. There are no […]

Jul
24

A world apart — but together!

Last Saturday, 104 Global Teams field partners from around the world met via Zoom for Bible Study and prayer. It was so exciting to engage with fellow Christians as we saw each other’s faces and heard each other’s prayers in English, Spanish, Kazakh, Kannada, and Swahili! Over one hundred field partners from five continents met […]

Jul
22

COVID lockdown in a foreign country

Chizoba sells candy to a customer in Yesu Mulungi hostel By Maxy Magella Abenaitwe The COVID-19 shutdown of Ugandan education has halted career-building knowledge and skills for 9,000 Uganda Christian University (UCU) students. The stories of students returning home or stuck a few hours away and picking up odd jobs and doing manual labor to […]

Jul
20

Jacob’s Ladder: Knowing God is with You

Genesis 28:10-19a The Lord confirms to Jacob the promises that he made to Jacob’s grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac, including the promise, “Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go.” God is with you is a promise we can all lean on. Jacob has seen the vision of the […]

Jul
15

Update: Gospel-Centered Apprenticeship Provides New Maternity Center for Ugandan Community in the Midst of Pandemic

In February, we reported on the work of Missionary Bridger Patrick Lutalo, founder of the Christian apprenticeship program Teach Men to Fish in Uganda. In the midst of the pandemic, Patrick’s team of young disciples has been able to complete the new maternity center in Mityana, Uganda. This facility, built by a group of young […]

Jul
14

Life lesson through roosters

Uganda Christian University Dean of Business and Administration, Dr. Martin Lwanga, right, discusses education with Columbus (Ohio USA) State Community College President, Dr. David Harrison, in 2019. Both leaders believe strongly in teaching higher education in the context of the real world. By Dr. Martin M. Lwanga One day for an occasion I don’t recall […]

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 […]