Wednesday, July 28, 2010


GBI is expanding quickly!

We have new programs starting, new books in the library, tons of new staff and hopefully in a few weeks...tons of new students and teachers!

10 teacher interviews down today...a few more tomorrow :)...I am blessed to be apart of what God is doing here in Uganda!

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Blogger Blocks

Usually I am not at a loss for words but it seems as if I have hit a block in creativity the last two weeks or so...

SOOO...Don't give up on me and this little blog of mine...

I promise more to come in the near future!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Java Cafe...

Oh how sad you made me!

When I walked with a bounce in my step back into your store after a long 3 weeks in Malaysia and discovered that my iced mocha was no longer 5500/= (approx $2.50) but rather 8500/= (approx $4.50)!

Last I checked I wasn't in a Starbucks??

I hope you lose business with your $4.50 iced mocha and go back to the way things were when we all happily sipped ice coffee for a bargain price of $2.50!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Praise God for Colds…

As some of you may have heard on the news…the final football matches ended with some bangs here in Kampala…and not good ones.

As the night ended reports tell us that there are close to 70 dead here as a result of 2 bombings on civilians watching the final match.

One of the places hit, the Ethiopian Village in kabalagala, is a place I have been frequenting often for football matches…They have good Ethiopian food and a huge projector screen for viewing. On any given evening there are close to 100 people there cheering for their favorites teams.

I had made plans to be there for the final match as well, as I had for the last 5 matches, but this past week I have had a head cold and so I thought being out until midnight again, in the cold air wouldn’t be good for my plan of getting better.

I cancelled my plans at 9:20….10 minutes before the match began, put on my PJs and crawled into bed.

Around midnight my neighbor called me…I was half awake and half asleep and so I didn’t understand what she was asking me…I just grunted a few times and went back to sleep…I guess I sounded delirious because around 1:30 she called me again…this time I heard the question…


Yeah…why? Was my response…

“I just wanted to make sure you were okay…and you were in your bed”

I thought her question was funny, but I figured she was good intentioned.

It wasn’t until 6am when another friend of mine called me and disrupted my sleep…



By this, the 3rd interruption, I decided something wasn’t quite right and so I started asking questions…

It was then that I realized what happened…

The news had broadcast that the Ethiopian village restaurant was bombed and that an American was killed…my friends all thought it might be me, since they knew that was my favorite place to watch the matches.

As I hung up the phone, fully awake with shock I could only thank God for my cold and for His watch care over me…without that cold I would have been in the middle of that restaurant with all the others who were innocently attacked.

They haven’t yet released the names of my fellow patrons; all I know is that the newspapers here are riddled with pictures of victims, dead in their chairs. I am thankful that so far, I haven’t recognized any of the dead.

Praise God for my sniffles and please be praying for the 70 families that have lost loved ones because of this terribly tragic event.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I made it!

On July 1st I crossed my first milestone and official hit my 1 year anniversary of living in Uganda!

I can't believe that a year has passed!

It has been 365 days since I last saw a Best Buy, a Walmart, a Target, a Costco, a drive through restaurant...and well...many other things!

BUT even without those things, life here is good and I love seeing all that God has planned for me fall into place!

I've been told that I am Ugandan now...not because I have lived here for a year but because of the way I have become one with the people. It was a real honor to hear that, as there are missionaries who have been here for many many many years and are still considered a "muzungu" or "rich white person"

I am glad my muzungu days are behind me and looking forward to what God has in store for me in year 2 :)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


A few months ago I got a new computer to replace my 5 year old dying PC...good idea? I thought so!

I was wrong...after the excitement of finding someone to bring the PC to me and actually getting it in my hands, I opened it and started the fun...the fun of freezes, crashes and blue screens...

Basically I got a lemon!

The tech guy and I have pretty much emailed back and forth since then...him trying to figure out why the thing freezes and me trying to figure out how to use it for more than 30 minutes without it locking up...

Its been a mess!

So last week we hit the final straw...and they asked me to wipe it clean and just put in windows again...then to let them know what happened, if it froze they would send me a new hard drive, if not...then the was problem on my end that they couldn't figure out why.

I am sure you can guess what happened....a few days latter, I was back up to 10 freezes in one afternoon!

Then the dell man said something that almost made me do a happy dance in the middle of my bed...rather than sending out a new hard drive he wants to send me a replacement computer!


Mr Dell Tech Man, you have restored my faith in the Dell world and I am once again, a satisfied Dell customer!

Now I just have to be patient...5 weeks til I get my new computer :) I can't wait!

Monday, July 5, 2010


I have embraced the popular sport of football here in Uganda...a huge accomplishment since I am normally opposed to watching any sport on TV!

I have to say, it is very entertaining however, to watch football on a screen as big as one you would find in a movie theatre, with a crowd of about 100 Ethiopians & Ugandans with huge blow horns and noise makers!

We had loads of fun...until the penalty shoot out and well...

Lets just say there was sadness the night Ghana lost the world cup for all of Africa...who ever will we all cheer for now???

I don't think any of us know yet!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Yeah God!!!

This past week, GBI received news from the National Council of Higher Education in Uganda and well....


We now have a provisional license for accreditation in Uganda making us 1 in the elite 7 who are accredited!

Thank you so much for all of your prayers as GBI pushes forwarded :)