We may never have the opportunity to sit down together over coffee to chat details about all this, so I’ve created this page especially for you, answering some of the most common questions I receive about this adventure. Enjoy!
Why Left My Heart in Africa?
I’ve been involved in missions in several nations, but Africa has a special place in my heart. When I was a young teenager God opened my eyes to the need for the Gospel to be preached among unreached tribes in Africa, and year by year He opened doors of opportunity for me to go, build relationships among those people, and share Jesus’ love with them. I don’t know if I’ll end up in Africa longterm, but you’ll never find me not wanting to go back to visit 🙂
2012 – South Sudan + Kenya | 2014 – Uganda | 2015 – Uganda | 2016 – Uganda
Where are you going?
2016 – Uganda is located in East Africa. It is bordered by Kenya, South Sudan, D. R. Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. As you can see on the map above, Gulu is among the northern districts. I lived out in the bush approximately 1 hour from town.
2017 – Winnipeg is located near the center of North America, not too far from the the North Dakota border.
2017 – South East Asia is the subregion of countries geographically south of China and India. Due to the safety of missionaries in protected areas I will not be sharing specific locations at this time.
What’s your sending agency?
2014-2018 – Uganda. This ministry is very near and dear to my heart. It operates on a firm Biblical foundation and has a vision to communicate and demonstrate the Gospel of Christ to Northern Uganda. I’m always honored to serve under their leadership. Click HERE to learn more!
What languages have you been exposed to and learned?
Uganda – English and Swahili are the official languages in the country, though Luganda is widely spoken as well. The tribe I lived among at various times these last 3 years, the Acholi, actually has a language of its own- Acholi, also known as Lwo. Being immersed in their culture I quickly picked up common greetings and phrases and even learned to carry on short conversations in Acholi, but thank God for the assistance of local translators!
Winnipeg – coming soon!
South East Asia – coming soon!
Have you ever lived in a mud hut in Africa?
Not yet! But it’s a dream of mine 😉
While an ot lum (pictured) is the traditional home in the bush of Northern Uganda, FCM missionary families live in simplified versions of Western-style houses. Click HERE to see what I mean.
Is it dangerous living in the bush? And are you ever scared?
Uganda was actively engaged in a civil war for over 20 years which terribly ravaged the entire nation. Even though it has been many years since the war ended, and the area is now approved “safe” by ministry standards, the surrounding communities are still broken and fearful from the years of torture and imprisonment they experienced throughout that time. I’ve honestly never had nerves living in the bush among tribal people 1. because I just love them and value them as my family, and 2. because I I know that ultimately God has a plan for the advancement of the Kingdom regardless of my physical security, and I will be bold in sharing the Gospel no matter what!
Where to next?
Here’s a general timeline for 2017-2018:
May 2017 – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cananda – 1 week
October 2017 – South East Asia – 2 weeks
January 2018 – Gulu, Uganda, Africa – 1 month