Celebrating the Source of Life at the Source of the Nile

One of my greatest joys here in Uganda is getting to baptize new believers. But one of the greatest joys of my entire life, is getting to see my children come to know Christ and then being able to baptize them as well! Recently, we had planned a baptism service for some new believers at Jinja Town Church. The morning of the service, my two youngest daughters began a conversation with me about what it means to follow Jesus and to be baptized. We...

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The Via Girls, Satanic Prophets, and Pooping in the Bush

One of my favorite things that I get to do here in Uganda is lead some of what we call “AAI Staff Missions.” Staff missions are when we take our staff and go out to some of our more remote village churches that international volunteer teams are not able to reach. We go and camp out in tents, get fed by the locals, train pastors and church leaders, do evangelism, and even plant churches. The one thing that has made these trips even...

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the birth of a church.

Jinja Town Church is nearly five months young, and we have been blessed by how God is growing this family of believers! This church family started as just a desire and a dream by our founder, Pastor Godfrey Wanamitsa.  In fact, I have overheard numerous occasions over the years about how “One day I want a church to reach the workers of the shops in town. A church that caters to the needs of the townspeople.” See, even though Arise...

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When Helping Helps

With so much talk these days about When Helping Hurts, I feel the need of telling a story about when helping actually… well, helps. My problem with the book When Helping Hurts, actually has almost nothing to do with the book (the principles are solid) and almost everything to do with how well meaning people have practically applied (or rather, misapplied) the principles in the book. Allow me to explain. Here is what I have noticed from...

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A Window Into The Problems of Third World Church Planting

For those of you who live in the first world, sometimes it’s hard to visualize or even imagine the kinds of difficulties that our churches  and pastors here deal with. The problems are many and multi-faceted. I couldn’t possibly explain them all. I don’t understand or even know the half of it. But yesterday as I problem solved with one of our pastors, I thought it would be a good opportunity to help give you a picture of (part...

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Emergency: Plug the Leak

Last week, Pastor Godfrey called me into an emergency meeting. I could tell the tone was somber. As I sat down, he and Pastor Robert began to explain the situation. “I know you’ve been very busy, and that we agreed that this could wait until after we got through this busy season, but we really have quite an emergency on our hands.” Let me back up a bit. One of my jobs here at Arise Africa International is to work on capacity...

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