Sunday, November 16, 2014

Construction progress

Here are photos of setting four 40 foot shipping containers that are the main structure of our new shop. I am very proud of Segawa Yusuf, our site engineer. 



Before leaving the country, we will have a concrete slab poured. 

It's exciting to see this work happen and thanks to all who have donated and volunteered to make it a reality. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

EBOLA

Please find the below websites helpful and informative as to the size of Africa, the reality of the Ebola issues, and how all the fear is fabricated, at least in the western media.

The first link is a map to understand the size of Africa. I live on the Eastern side. Ebola is further from me than New York is from LA.

The second link shows where Ebola is in Africa as of October 17, 2014.

http://goafrica.about.com/od/africatraveltips/ig/Maps-of-Africa/Map-of-Africa-Showing-True-Size.htm



http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/outbreaks/2014-west-africa/distribution-map.html


More people will die today of preventable things like malnutrition, malaria, and typhoid to name a few.



Sunday, August 31, 2014

Some pictures from recent life

Howdy friends,
If you read Kayla's most recent blog, you will hear what we are going through right now, a lot of limbo and transition. It has been taxing but we trust that the Lord is treating us like heirs in this time. Thanks a lot for you who support us.

It is funny when you realize that you do not have a place to call home, and it only amplifies the reality that this world is not our home as God's children. In the last month alone (not including our brief US visit) we have slept in six places! So as the end of all the moving and transition seems to be in sight, I wanted to share a few photos from the last few weeks.

Probably the high point over the last month, he was a muslim, and now believes in Jesus for his life.
The children
If you look at the van closely, you can see a fresh fish hanging from the hood. Yum
During a long trip, these street vendors will come to the car window with fruit, water, soda, roasted meat, anything.
These trucks trasport sugar cane from the fields to the factories. And they drive EXTREMELY slow on the highway.
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse. More to come about Entebbe.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Back to Mbale

We have made our landing back in Mbale where a cool rainy season and good friends are a wonderful welcome back. We had the privilege of spending a few nights with our good friends in Entebbe while we (the kids especially!) pushed through the beginning stage of jet lag.

Now that we are back, it has been a time to reflect on the last six weeks. Here are some things that I have realized, considered, be grateful about, etc. after our first homes assignment:

-Reverse culture shock (re-entering your home culture) was pleasant because America is very efficient.
-I realized how much I miss being in complete solitude on a mountain.
-The gospel is as much under attack in America as it is in Uganda.
-Driving in Wyoming was relaxing, even in "traffic", when compared with anywhere in Uganda.
-We experienced an overwhelming flow of generosity from people at church, in the community, all the way to a stranger in the Denver airport.
-Sunflower seeds...I miss those.
-Ugandan life is now more familiar to my family and me, and that is great to see.

I have been rejuvenated and refilled by getting to worship with our friends and family at home, challenged by the word of God, and ready to press on. Thank you Casper for a great first trip home!




 Home in the red dirt

 Julia doing what I wish I could do more
 Back in Africa!
 Oh yeah...we also miss popsicles
Until next time Casper

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Evangelism Conference Notes

I was blessed enough to have the time to attend an evangelism conference at our church here in Mbale. Today, we went out into our neighborhood and shared the gospel with people. Uganda is unique in that you can walk right into a home and sit and converse, or talk with people on the way walking any time. We got to share with many people today, and even lead someone to faith in Christ, a catholic who prayed to Mary and other saints. She was convicted of idolatry when the man I was with shared that Jesus is the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father except through him. Her name is Alice you can pray for her please.

There was a lot of great teaching at the conference but I wanted to just share a few nuggets here.

"If the church is not in the world, the world would be destroyed."
"We should use any temporal prosperity we have to make and train disciples of Jesus"
"Jesus does not stand on people's necks, instead He went to the cross and suffered the wrath of God to make His church."
"There are many people who make the gospel a message of the confusion. The gospel is simple, yet profound: The Lord saves sinners (Katonda alokola abononyi)."
"The Holy Spirit must be a part of your daily life, He is the only hope you have to live a holy life."
"Marks of Revival from Acts 1-12: Mighty prayer, mighty preaching, mighty conversions, mighty evangelism, mighty generosity, mighty assembly ( I missed a few)."
"If you do not want to be holy, you are still a child of the devil!"
"Our hearts are like a cobra, our past is like a pit latrine, and our minds are like poison, God cannot have us in heaven like this. We need someone to save us! In Ezekiel 36 God promises to give us a heart of flesh for our heart of stone, and cleanse us with pure water. For that promise, we trust in Jesus our saviour."
"If you are not loving your wife or caring for and evangelizing your children, the Holy Spirit is grieved!"

These two quotes from a Ugandan pastor particularly struck me
"If you are not eager to die for the gospel, let me give you some council...quit pastoring."
"How many of you want to go preach the gospel in America (almost all raised there hands)? That is good, but you need twenty years of preparation, that country is hard to preach to."





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Finishing notes

We have now finished. I drove up to the school Monday morning to find children sitting in classrooms that a few months ago looked like old ruins. Handed machetes (Pangas), a few hammers, hand saws, plumb bobs, shovels and trowels, my crew built a beautiful building. These guys operate in an unpredictable world. On a common Ugandan job site they get no break, infrequent payment schedules (usually not paid in full), and often will show up to work only to find that work has stopped because money has run out. They use tools that are not straight or square or sharp and each day I am dumb founded at how well they make use of everything God gives them; "we are trying", as they say.

eMi construction management is able to work at providing a predictable work day, with a predictable payment schedule, and a jobsite that values integrity and cooperation. Most of all, we hope to share about the grace of God, and that he is able to forgive and redeem sinners by his blood. Through the small things that are easy to take for granted, we aim to portray that redemption, treating each man with dignity. This is something many of these men have never experienced.

Thanks to all who have prayed for and supported us over the last year.



Friday, February 28, 2014

A year in Uganda

My wife has become an amazing blogger over the last year. I, on the other hand, have not. My sister emailed me and let me know how much of a blog slacker I have been over the last few months, so this is a good occasion to break the slacker streak. 

We have been here for one year. Kayla did a list of things she has learned and realized. I am going to copy her. 

Here goes:

Where do I start? Everything has been turned on its head. 
I love America, and especially I love Wyoming. 
I also am quite fond of Uganda
but I am not fond of Kampala. 
Cultural differences are ingrained deeper than I could have imagined or been prepared for
But people are people, made in God's image, broken by sin and shame
Goat and pig organs taste good, cow organs do NOT
I have changed a great deal
Grieving loss is a gift
My daughter is an African American, wow
I have learned, and have much to learn, about community from Ugandan people.  
Ugandan men, when given the chance, are hard working
I miss my friends a lot 
Having family visit has been a huge blessing
The Bible is not relative to culture, but living in another culture, I have understood more of what it says
Uganda knows pork, pork joints are the best places to eat in this country
Long greetings annoy me
I am used to long greetings
Koyzaio, Yoga, Gyebale, Mlembe; four greetings in four languages used in Mbale
The ingenuity of these people is both astounding and terrifying 
a "panga" is a machete, it is not uncommon to see children carrying them down the street
a "timba" is piece of wood used for building
Living in an international community is a rare privilege
There are countless dialects of English in the world. 
Marriage is cultural
Sunday worship is cultural
A lesson I learn over and over is I have a lot to learn
I am known by the neighbor hood as a mzungu-the white person
I have realized I have a knack for learning language
My son Micah is in his element here
Micah gets nervous in large crowds of white people
Circumcision is a serious topic in Mbale and I have been asked multiple times if I have been, very seriously.
Driving here is like a game of Mario Kart
I now negotiate for prices at the supermarket (grocery store)
Negotiating prices is a way to build friendship in this culture
I do not miss most American food
I will eat street food any time, especially grilled pork
Mbale's main cash crop is coffee, big perk
Most Ugandan's like Obama because he is "African" and do not believe it when I tell them he is for gay marriage and abortion
I no longer notice the perpetual smell of burning trash
I am looking forward to our visit to Wyoming this summer.
Thank God we have not gotten malaria
Africa time, annoying and awesome. When someone says " I am coming" it means I will see them in 4 hours or more. If they say " I am on the way coming" I will see them in 20 minutes to 3 hours. Being late is not a crime here. 


This list should be to be continued. Thanks for reading. Kayla's list is better.