Throwback: Africa’s Misconceptions

After publishing over four posts on this subject, we have finally created an almost full collection of African misconceptions. Africa, it seems, is misunderstood. To date, we have published two posts on African Misconceptions, one on Uganda's Technology, and another on crazy facts about Africa. These posts averaged 1,250 words apiece, showing that there truly is a lot of …

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The Unbelievable Story of My Escape from Uganda

Two days ago, I left on the last plane out of Uganda. Just before the country closed its borders, I flew out on an Ethiopian Air flight with a final destination of the United States. I had been given 2 hours to pack before I could leave. The last few days have been a hurricane …

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The Four Hardest Things About Intercontinental Travel

Intercontinental travel is part of being a missionary kid. Sure, businessmen and rich people all travel abroad, but missionaries and missionary kids alike travel, it seems, as often as we breathe. When discussions about the military arise, I always joke, "I'll join the army; I would get seasick with the navy and I've had enough …

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Throwback: The Quirks of Africa

Honestly, one of the most common questions Africa Boy gets is this: "What are some of the funniest things you've seen in Uganda?" Well, after living here for 15.5 years, I have a few that are almost sure to make you laugh. Un-logical Jams. One of the strangest things we find in Uganda is the …

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Christian Blog Launch: Destination Ghana

After several days of work, I am very pleased to announce the launching of a new Christian blog- Destination: Ghana. Created and owned by a friend of mine, Ian Nelson. His big sister is a schoolmate of mine, and so, as a favor to both of them, I helped create the site in preparation for …

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The Reality of Poverty

I didn't know what AIDS was until I was thirteen. During that time, Uganda had been having an epidemic in the north, and so awareness was at an all-time high. It was on the walls of our announcement boards, the emails of our newsletters, and the tongues of our school kids. Eventually, I learned what …

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The Owl: Symbol of Wisdom or Death?

I love talking about cultural differences. Quite honestly, they are something I could talk about for hours. The differences found between cultures is fascinating, and today's example is no exception. The owl has been associated with wisdom for centuries, dating back all the way to Greek culture. The Greeks believed that the owl was a …

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Throwback Saturday: A Smile In the Midst of Poverty

Published 2 July, 2019. "When I first came to Uganda, I saw so many children with nothing. In America, we think we know suffering and poverty, but in reality, we know nothing. But what really strikes me is the fact that every child is so happy. Even though they have nothing, they smile as if …

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5 Reasons You Should Move to Uganda

This should be very obvious. After all, who wouldn't want to move to Uganda? Sadly, some people take convincing. After all, why would you want to leave a frozen wasteland and move to a place of perpetual summer? Oh well. I guess I will need to show you exactly why you need to move to …

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An African Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving Day. All around the world, Americans are gathering to celebrate this momentous holiday. Yes, I said all around the world. Even here, in the middle of Nowhere, Uganda, Americans are gathering. What used to be an American holiday is now known across the globe. Although celebrated mostly by Americans, the holiday is …

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Are You on the Right Side of the Majority?

Image credit to Level Up Living “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain When I first saw this quote, I was confused. Did Mr. Twain mean to insinuate that the majority is good? Or did he mean that being on the side of …

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How Hollywood Got Spirituality Wrong

Uganda is home to thousands of witch-doctors. In fact, one of these used to live across the road from my ministry. Although long gone, his memory presents an important reality- witchcraft is alive and well in Uganda. When New Hope first started, a local witchdoctor approached the leaders and claimed that the Ministry wouldn't last …

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Four Crazy Facts About Uganda That You Probably Didn’t Know

Uganda is an ever-changing country. In my fifteen and a half years here, I have seen so much change, it can be hard to believe. In fact, when I hear stories of Uganda's post-war status, these changes become even more real and amazing. Tales of literal skull mountains, mines in fields, and bombed-out houses still …

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Pictures of Paradise

The hot sun beats down on withered, yellow grass. Cicadas scream their swear words to the sky. A dog barks somewhere nearby. The smell of smoke filters through the air, signaling that dinner is being cooked at the house. Warm air filters down from above, settling on your skin. This is Africa. As you've seen …

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Uganda: Technologically Advancing, Spiritually Dying

Uganda is far more advanced then one might think. When many westerners envision Africa, they think of those Massai guys with spears in their hands, blankets on their shoulders, and dull looks on their faces. They picture a technologically dead country, useless to anyone except their own people. Guess what? They're wrong. Obviously, Uganda isn't …

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