The Black Book: Part 1 of 3

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It is July, 2018. I stand on the open concrete roof of the third floor, red-faced. Everyone is looking. “How many tortillas did you eat?” Paulino asks me in Spanish, animated. His wife had just served an extravagant meal of spicy broth, boiled chicken and, of course, the flagship of the ensemble—massive homemade tortillas. I want to lie, but it … Read More

Uganda Mission Trip Journal – Allen and Kristine James

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April 16 & 17, 2018 We flew through the night to Amsterdam. We have a pretty long layover before we depart for Minneapolis. The flight to Amsterdam was very uncomfortable. I am not built for economy seats! I didn’t get any sleep. Our next flight is 10 hours just like the first flight. So, I went to the service desk … Read More

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April 15, 2018 We finished setting the trusses today. The workers seemed to grasp the process a little better today. We were able to get all of them set and started the per-lines for the metal roofing. It was a long hard day, but it was good. Saying goodbye to some of the people tonight was harder than I expected. … Read More

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April 14 & 15, 2018 Today is about travel. We will leave our hotel early and travel to Kampala and then on to Nakalanda. This morning we worshiped with the church located on the compound. The worship takes place in one of the classrooms at the school. The pastor, Paul, has a sweet spirit about him. He is so humble. … Read More

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April 13, 2018 Today was the final day of the Tororo pastors conference. I have to be honest, I’m glad that’s over. Don’t get me wrong, this has been an incredible privilege, but I’m tired! Today was a day of worship like I have rarely seen in my life. I couldn’t understand most of what they were singing or praying, … Read More

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April 12, 2018 Our second pastors conference began today. The host church is lead by Pastor Paul. A few days before we arrived pastor Paul had purchased all of the food for the conference. They are feeding all of the attendees 3 meals a day. The church was broken into and the food was stolen. As usual, God provides! Out … Read More

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April 11, 2018 Today we continued the pastors training. Again, I taught 4 sessions with a Q&A at the end of the day. The topics for today’s sessions were specifically requested yesterday. We spent a lot of time teaching on the role of a pastor and the structure of the church. God really burdened me to bring teaching that emphasized … Read More

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April 10, 2018 Today we began the first pastors conference. I didn’t really know what to expect. Boy was I surprised. The village we were hosting the event in was about 20 minutes away from Bugiri. The attendance was less than expected due to severe flooding in the region. The pastor of the church, Pastor Paul, where the event is … Read More

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April 9, 2018 Today was all about travel once more. We drove from Kampala to Bugiri which is to the west. The trip was 6 people in a van that shouldn’t have 6 people in it. At least, there was air conditioning. Something I had missed very much. The drive took us more than 6 hours through terrible conditions. The … Read More

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April 8, 2018 This morning we loaded up our luggage, dressed up in our Sunday best, and traveled to Kampala. It was required for me to wear a suit to preach by Steve and Doug. Interestingly, when we arrived at the church, we were the only ones wearing suits. I’m not mad. I was just very hot! The worship was … Read More