Friday, July 20, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
*a note added a day after I posted this: I want to emphasize that I do not believe it's my way or the highway. It is by God's grace I am His... and He knows how long of a journey I have to being Christ-like! He chose me, I didn't choose Him. I don't want any credit going to me. Pray that I don't develop the self-righteous spirit and look down on those who label themselves as radicals, I'm amazed by their work and look forward to spending eternity in heaven with them! That'll be an interesting mix, huh?
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Boy was I wrong.
Sure, the acting was not the best I've ever seen, but I was impressed, and it sure beats any other Christian movie. This was not done by The Facing The Giants/ FireProof/ Courageous group, but by guys in Birmingham, AL. The over all plot of the movie was a girl in college finding out that her health problems were due to a failed abortion, and she had been adopted after she was born. She then goes on a trip to find her birth mother with a supportive friend. The girl's whole purpose is to find what has been missing in her life, and she think's she'll find it in her birth mother. She's angry her parents never told her. In the end, after experiencing rejection but offering forgiveness, she realizes how much her parents want her, and more importantly how much Jesus wants her.
The movie is hardly preachy. There's a fine line between overly, righteously preaching in the audiences' faces and not making the message clear, but the writers of October Baby found that line perfectly. It did not condemn women who have had abortions, it revealed the forgiveness they could find with a very real story. Interesting tidbit: The woman who played the birth mom had had an abortion earlier in her life, and though she was a believer, she hadn't felt real forgiveness. God uses being a part of this movie to bring her healing.
The story is sweet, funny, heart breaking, and redemptive. It is everything a Christian movie should be, and it has a beautiful picture of adoption. I highly recommend it!
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti-supporting Uganda. On the contrary, I've been interested and read all about the country ever since I was twelve. I've supported missionary friends there, I support a number of organizations and have read a bunch of books, and I personally sponsor a girl in school. I'm going to Uganda this summer, too! I don't want you to get the wrong impression that I'm ignorant of what's going on there and that I don't care, it's the opposite. It's because I care that I want to draw your attention to the video's many flaws.
There are some things about the video I really like. I like that the video puts a face to the problem- I'm glad Invisible Children has a close connection with Jacob, a boy they featured that was caught up in the middle of the LRA. I like how upfront the narrator is with us- he does not sugarcoat the issue, and he shares the struggles they've had raising awareness. I think their greatest idea was the radio towers to keep Ugandan villages updated on Kony's whereabouts and movements so they won't be surprised if he attacks. I like that they're spreading the news not just here in the US but all over the world, and I'm glad the narrator had the ICC in the video.
There are some problems I have with this movement. It saddens me that this is the first most Americans have heard of the LRA, but that's not Invisible Children's fault. This has been going on for 26 years, people! The first I heard of it was six years ago in a Voice of the Martyrs magazine our family subscribes to. I sure am behind and don't fully grasp the issue, which brings me to my next problem, why are we just now hearing about this from a non-religious organization? Where are the Christians?! There are problems I have with the video directly as well. When you give your money to Invisible Children, you are supporting them making more videos to raise more money to make more videos to raise more money. They sort of explain that at the end and say your money will help the Ugandan army be more technically advanced. But wouldn't our money be better served in rescuing children forced into the LRA? If we all support children and families victimized by Kony, and if soldiers' main focus was to pull children out of this army, then the LRA would collapse. The main goal should be the end of the LRA, not the end of Joseph Kony. My fear is that if Kony is arrested, someone just like him will rise up in his place. We saw this recently in North Korea- the dictator died, which briefly gave the people hope, but his son who is the new dictator is even worse. Another problem with this movement is typical of Americans- everyone wants to jump in and have our government help us out. What is best for Uganda is if WE empower THEM. If we go solve all of their problems, they just become dependent on us and can't rebuild and become strong themselves. Organizations like Invisible Children should go into Uganda to empower local Ugandans, whether it is medical care, education, or protection, etc.
The question now is what should we do from here. I would call on fellow Christians to take up this cause and witness to these kids and families ravaged by war. They need hope, one that is not of this world. I would still recommend supporting Invisible Children- they need awareness to keep the soldiers going in searching for Kony. The most important thing to do right now is PRAY. Offer the situation to the One who has it all in His hands!
Friday, February 17, 2012
Posted: 17 Feb 2012 02:41 AM PST
We began our ministry in Uganda in 1980 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1999, we started the Leadership Development Program, and the Child Survival Program followed in 2006.
We are privileged to have had many new programs and innovations begin in Uganda. For example, the second Alumni Association was started here and the Child Survival Program was piloted here. In addition, we celebrated the 1000th Leadership Development Program graduate in 2009.
Our country director in Uganda is Herbert Turyatunga. Herbert started with the ministry as a program facilitator in 1999. He became country director in 2010. Prior to joining us, he worked as a salesman in a soft drink bottling company.
Herbert has a passion to equip young leaders. His dream is to start a leadership resource center to equip young men and women in Africa to solve the leadership problem in the continent. He believes that once the leadership problem has been addressed, poverty will be resolved as well.
Herbert holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Makerere University in Kampala, a master’s degree in child development from Daystar University in Nairobi, and a higher diploma in marketing from Makerere University Business School.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Uganda with whom we work to deliver child development programs and frontline ministry in the field.
Child Survival Program
Child Development Through Sponsorship
Your sponsorship of a child in Uganda provides a variety of benefits.
Many children ages 12 and older attend boarding school and are away from home for 3 months at a time. In this case, each Implementing Church Partner has the freedom to organize a “catch-up” program that meets the needs of these children. For example, they might meet 3 days a week, 8 hours a day during their school holiday. Regardless of the schedule, each Implementing Church Partner should offer 48 weeks of program activities.
Leadership Development Program
Compassion’s core Child Sponsorship Program, while comprehensive, cannot address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. Compassion’s Complementary Interventions program works in harmony with the holistic child development model to provide additional services as needed, such as the AIDS Initiative, Bibles for All Children, disaster relief and water projects.
Typical Complementary Interventions in Uganda include:
Highly Vulnerable Children
Our primary Highly Vulnerable Children need is providing a home for the children who are homeless. There are also children living in child-headed homes who are in need of appropriate shelter and in need of school fees. We are addressing these needs through foster care, income-generating activities, shelter interventions, livelihood skills development and food security.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
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