Ducks in a Row

Ducks in a Row

Civil Unrest. The rebellion against dictator Museveni continues. His rigged election has been legally contested by Amama, one of his opponents in the presidential election. The 28-point petition against Museveni freezes him from being sworn in for his next 6 year term. It also invites continued troubles on the streets. Over 10,000 police and their families were evicted from their homes in the barracks because they voted against Museveni (and Museveni controls the police). One young woman affected by the eviction was just speaking with RaNae and saying she feels very unsafe and afraid. Four U.S. military planes landed at Entebbe airport last week. We don’t know if that means troops or supplies or both. There is alot of action in the news with many countries calling on Museveni to either concede to a new and fair election or step down, neither of which he will do. He came to power 30 years ago by blood, and says that is the only way he’ll go out. We’re praying for positive change in this oppressed country by whatever means is best. BTW: We are safe and not a target of violence. Just sideline observers. Lira: On a recent trip to Lira, where we are helping both branches deal with challenges, we had some great experiences. See Janet’s Joy. What an amazing young woman of faith. We also get a kick out of the wording on signs and menus. Here’s one you’ll enjoy: Visits. While visiting a young family this week, I shot this photo of a toy truck this 9-year-old made from scrap wire, pieces of rubber and a stick. It has a...
Janet’s Joy

Janet’s Joy

Meet Janet, a member of the Adyel Branch in Lira Uganda. We met Janet while performing an audit of church records in Lira. I noticed that she paid tithing weekly and was very impressed with her apparent faithfulness in the Church. Before leaving town, we stopped to meet her in her thriving shoe shop downtown. Here is her beautiful testimony (as close as we can remember it): I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints seven years ago. I met the missionaries who began to teach me the restored Gospel. My husband chose not to hear their message. About this time, my infant son became seriously ill. I was afraid he might even die. The missionaries had taught me about prayer, so I prayed for my baby. I felt an impression to toss him in the air three times, which I did, catching him each time. Then I took him to the hospital for treatment. By the time we got to the hospital, my baby was fully recovered and we were sent back home. This was a first experience with being guided by the Spirit. Later, the Elders taught me about fasting and prayer and paying my tithes. I fasted and prayed for two days and nights without stopping. At the end of this experience, I had a most curious dream. I saw myself in a shop down town and doing very well. At that time, I did not have a business or had I even thought about owning one. In the dream, as I marveled at the healthy business, a voice came to me which said:...