Ugandans are..

Resilient beautiful individuals who value relationships and share what they have with others.

They love to laugh, enjoy soccer (like Canadians do hockey, and Americans do their football.)

Some of the most intelligent and bright people with amazing memories, an eager ability to learn anything they can, are hard workers, and are incredibly ingenious! 

 

Uganda is...

a beautiful country with vast potential and made up of varied landscapes.

Along Lake Victoria and is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan, the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, & Kenya. Uganda has a landmass similar in size to the state of Michigan, comprised of 241,038 sq km

The colonial boundaries created by Britain to delimit Uganda grouped together a wide range of ethnic groups with different political systems and cultures.

English is the official language of the educated in Uganda, but some estimate there are approximately 40 or more languages spoken throughout the country.

 

Uganda Statistics...

The majority of the population is comprised of children and youth-- 48% of the population under 14 years of age, and 69% under 24 years of age. (In contrast, children & youth comprise only 28 & 32% percent of the population in Canada and the USA.)

Most adults have seen much devastation throughout their lives having experienced the horrific reign of Idi Amin in the 70's, the devastating results of the AIDs epidemic, and the violence caused by the Civil war with a rebel army, the LRA. There is a continued culture of poverty, single-parent families, alcoholism, and various false religions promising wealth and health. However, we see Jesus changing lives and we believe that need equals amazing potential.  

 

Religion in Uganda...

In recent years there has been and continues to be a rapid growth of the moslem faith, although Uganda identifies itself as Christian.

“African Christianity has established itself as a truly potent force, both on the continent and even on a global level… In many countries, the Church has established itself as the only effective social organization that can bring reconciliation among ethnic groups and cope with many of the economic, health and education challenges in collapsing societies…

Discipleship is rightly being addressed as Africa’s greatest challenge. The growth of Christianity has been sensational, but the follow-up has traditionally been lacking. Non-Christian customs and worldviews permeate the Church. Syncretism is a major problem in many areas. Thorough repentance and renunciation of sin and the works of darkness are often lacking, and many Christians are not free from the influence of witchcraft and evil spirits…

Leadership Training is recognized as the critical bottleneck. Leaders are in short supply at every level—for village congregations, for the urban educated, for theological training, for missionary endeavour and for national-level leadership.”-From the Africa Profile, Operation World, 7th Edition, pg. 36-u

 
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