The first thing I did here after my day of recovery time, was to head up to Jinja, about 3 hours north of Kampala, to visit our team at the Amazima School site.
You might have heard of this ministry. It was founded by Katie Davis Majors about ten years ago. She wrote a book about her experiences (Kisses From Katie) and was also interviewed by David Platt and it pretty much went viral and she wrote another book and stuff. Right about the time we began with EMI we were sending a project team here to design the school. That school is now operational, but we are also still constructing dorms, latrines, and some other facilities. So we have a pretty large construction management program going on there.
The site feels huge. It’s about 70 acres and EMI employs more than 200 workers. The landscaping is lovely and there is a peaceful atmosphere. I was not allowed to photograph any of the students or Amazima staff, only EMI workers and the buildings. That was fine, as my purpose there was not to stalk Katie Davis (yes, people do that) (seriously, y’all puh-leeeze); I was there to talk with people who had been baptized at a big gathering at the Nile.
I found people very open and eager to talk with me. The EMI staff walked me around and introduced me to all the people I should speak with. I lost count of them all. On my final day there I had so many lined up to talk that I feared eating up the entire memory card in my recorder and draining all my batteries.
I heard many great testimonies and enjoyed meeting the people whom I’d only really “met” through photos. Some talked long, some talked less, but all spoke with a smile on their face and a real evident joy in their voice.
You’ll want to stay tuned to upcoming EMI publications (the magazine and the website) as we hope to be sharing more about what’s going on in the construction management program.
From the Keiters:
Here is where we share our daily experiences of how God is using our life in the US and abroad with EMI to draw us closer and to make Himself known.