Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Uganda bomb blasts kill at least 74

I'm sure you've already heard about this. I can't quite believe it! Here's a map of Kampala showing where the bombing at the Rugby club took place.
If I were in Kampala during the world cup final, that's likely where I would have gone to watch it. It's right between a huge shopping centre and the hostel I sometimes stayed at, and I've passed it many times in a taxi.
This is a huge tragedy, and please don't be tempted to dismiss it because it's far away and nobody you know was hurt. It's a very real place with very real people and I can be certain that friends of my friends were hurt and I'm scared that the hospitals won't be able to deal with this influx of critical patients. Please pray for resources, resilient doctors and no power failures and that , as a friend of mine put it, "God [will] give us the wisdom to act wisely through this and to be strong as Ugandans together".

*Update* I was right. Nate was a friend of a friend who worked with invisible children, an NGO working with child soldiers in Northern Uganda. Please pray for his family and co-workers as they deal with the loss of a hard worker and friend.

Sunday, 4 July 2010

I know I haven't updated for a while, but not much is happening on the Africa front (in my case, anyway - Africa hasn't stopped just because I left..) except preparing to start the scary job of fundraising and to move to Birmingham for Connect.
I just wanted to share an awesome talk I listened to while I was on a very long bus journey from Mbarara to Kampala (took 9 hours rather than 4, as a piece of the bus fell off and we had to wait for a replacement part. I did have a nice french chat with a guy from the Congo though). It's by Steve Saint, whose dad was killed by Equadorian tribesmen when he was a baby and then returned as a missionary to the same tribe. It's a pretty emotional talk, but he manages to put into words some of the amazing things I've learnt about God in the past year. I cried and laughed while listening to it (which is a little embarrassing on the bus) and it has to be one of the best preaching I've heard in a long time. It's quite long (about an hour) but well worth a listen, especially if you want to know why people do crazy things like going to scary places in the world to share the Gospel.
Here it is! Enjoy.