The Challenges and Joys of Missionary Life in Uganda
by L. Charles Jackson
Before we left for Africa, we saw a TV show that said Americans were particularly incensed with “line-cutting.”_There is something about a person cutting in front of you in line that strikes most of us as unfair and even rude. Ha! The first time you buy groceries in our “big” store here in Mbale, Uganda, called Bam, you suddenly realize that there are five brown hands of various sizes filled with milk, bread, candy, or rice pushing their way in front of you. It’s as if the first person who can trick the cashier into taking something becomes the winner.
Your first instinct is to blurt out, “No butting in line!”—but then you remember that you’re a missionary. You remember that you’re here to give the gospel, and yelling at all the “cutters” might not be so great. If you get angry, you’ve blown a good testimony, but if you stand there politely, you may never get to buy your goods. Heading to the “queue,” as they call the line here, always makes me smile a bit, as it is one of the small challenges we face daily. My wife, Connie, still doesn’t love it, but she does a great job, and I find the whole thing rather amusing. Read more
Following Jesus in Karamoja
by David J. Robbins
The mid-morning sun filters orange light into the waiting room. It’s a little slow today at Akisyon a Yesu Clinic in South Karamoja, Uganda, but there are a few people scattered on the benches that line the walls.
I greet them. We have good news for the sick. Read more
The Reformation of Marriage
by Alan D. Strange
Marriage and family were prominent among the many issues that the Reformers addressed. The Western church before the Reformation made both too much and too little of marriage.
The Roman Catholic Church made too much of marriage in that it considered it a sacrament. In its sacerdotal view of grace and salvation, taking one from birth (baptism) to death (extreme unction), one’s life choice was sacramentally defined, either by marriage or by ordination. Read more