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Uganda Winter 2014

African Renewal University, Uganda January 10-25, 2014

The Holiday Term at Africa Renewal Christian College is a part of a 2-year Certificate Program for pastors, church leaders and lay-members of the church that desire to be equipped for ministry. The training attracts mature adults that are already serving in ministry and are unable to attend bible college full-time to due family, ministry and work commitments. This mature group of students provides a tremendous atmosphere for dialogue and debate as students learn how to apply God's word to their lives.

Follow along as teachers in the field offer their experiences as they share theological training with local church leaders.

Field Notes   Uganda Winter 2014

Jan  16th,  2014"Believe!"

There I was, in the last hour of class this afternoon, chalk in hand, leaning over the podium, trying to make eye contact with each of my 18 Soteriology students. And I was mouthing something in silence. Over, and over, and over, and over.

It seemed like a good idea in the moment, the mouthing. After all, you can only lecture and write on the board for so long without putting people to sleep. Their wandering faces and tired eyes told me we were almost there. Plan B. This is important.

After a long silence though, I was beginning to have my doubts. Maybe the long days were clouding my judgment. Maybe it was the chopati from our last meal. Maybe it was all the big critters here in Uganda.

Finally, a couple faces. Then a few more. One by one they each looked up: some with surprise, some with curiosity, some with a smile.

It was now or never. I broke the silence and called out:


I paused, looking around. Still curious smiles. I continued on with the mouthing.

"Believe!" I called out again, louder this time.

Their faces changed. They got it. How different is the general call of the gospel from God's effectual call!

(Written by Chris Robbins)

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Jan  12th,  2014Arrival at ARU in Uganda

Hi Friends!

We've made if safely to Uganda with a pleasant and uneventful trip. We even had a chance to stop at Starbucks at the airport in Amsterdam. Yum. 

We were warmly welcomed last night by Richard, a really great guy who has been on staff at African Renewal University (ARU) for several years. He works in the library, but does a lot of other task, too. 

For our safe travels, good night of sleep, and reunion with old friends, we say, "Praise the Lord!" Or as they say in the local language, "Mukama ye babsibwe" (don't quote me on the spelling!).

I am writing this entry on Sunday morning. Our ride to church will be picking us up in a few minutes, and we will be at the village church down the road here in Buloba. I've had the opportunity to be there before, should be a good experience... definitely a taste of rural African church, ;) 

Teaching starts tomorrow morning. We won't be preaching this morning (at least that's what they are telling us before we get there!)

I had a chance to see Jeff Atherstone and his two sons this morning. Jeff is a missionary with TLI and is responsible for much of the amazing growth and development that the school has seen over the last several years. This is my third visit to the school, and it is very encouraging to see how the facilities have grown. We are staying in a dorm that was only walls and a roof last time; there is a path from the dorms to the classrooms; there is even Wifi available at the academic building.  

Bruce says, "We are looking at a 110 degree difference in temperature." Harper, Scott's 7 year old son says, "dad, come look at THIS bug." I asked the others (Scott and Chris) for a quote, and all I got was, "We can't top that!"

 More from us soon, thanks for keeping in touch!


~ Aaron


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Jan  2nd,  2014Departing Soon!

The Uganda team departs the States in 1 week. Please be praying for the team as they make final preparations.  Also be praying for the students they will be serving in Uganda. They are making no small sacrifice to attend ARU.

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