It's official: we are headed to back to Africa! This time we will be serving Africa Bible University in Kampala, Uganda. This time we get to be on the same project team! This time we get to take Joel! We are very excited about this trip and I've been wanting to get a blog post up for days now, but the time to do so keeps getting away from me. I finally decided this morning to just hack the information eMi had posted on the project listing and edit it a bit for clarity.
African Bible University is an accredited university in Uganda, offering degrees in Biblical Studies and Christian Community Leadership, and minors in Communications, Education and Business. The university was founded by Dr. and Mrs. John W. Chinchen. After spending seven years training pastors in the interior of Liberia, the Chinchens realized the great need for colleges that would respond to the need of the increasing number of secondary school graduates in Africa. In 1975 the vision became reality when the first of the African Bible Colleges began in Liberia, West Africa. A second college opened in 1991 in the Central African country of Malawi.
In due time, the third of these Christ-committed colleges was founded to serve East Africa from Uganda. From this vantage point, ABU Uganda offers quality education from a Christian perspective to the surrounding countries of Sudan, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia. ABU students and graduates are uniquely equipped with the Bible-handling skills necessary for Christian leadership in today’s East African church.
ABU is looking to EMI to help them develop an updated master plan to facilitate future growth on this campus. This project fulfills a crucial first step by developing as-built drawings of ABU’s existing buildings and assessing the current infrastructure to support their vision to develop an increasing number of Christian leaders to serve their communities.
During our time in country we also anticipate getting to know a few of the students and their families a bit more and attending church with them. Our team includes a Ugandan national intern, which is exciting for me personally as I really enjoy working with interns. At this point I am not certain exactly what our video project will entail, but so far the beauty of these trips for me has been in just showing up and being open to whatever gets placed in my path.
For now there are preparations to be made in the form of arranging school work to accommodate the travel, getting familiar with some new sound equipment, and preparing our hearts to serve. Kevin's daily work (while still wrapping up the Touched By Love project from June) includes communicating with our project volunteers and the team members in the East Africa office to continue gathering details on the scope of our work. Your prayers are appreciated during this time.
We will update you as we have more news.
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