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The Magnificat: Mary's Song of Nonviolence

Giving Tuesday for Defeating AIDS in Uganda

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, its Giving Tuesday in the charity world of non-profits seeking donations for their community projects in this season of sharing.  December 1 is also World AIDS Day.  Since 2007, WorldHope Corpshas cared for AIDS orphans in Malawi and sponsored HIV/AIDS care-giving and prevention training in churches for thousands of pastors, lay leaders, and youth leaders. For four years we have sponsored a Uganda Youth Empower Project known as  Games for the Goal! Defeating HIV/AIDS in Uganda through
 Soccer, Testing and Education for Youth

Last year, over 4,000 youth attended our annual soccer camp where they heard inspirational speakers, played in a soccer tournament, and received AIDS testing, counseling and education, and competed for the prize: "Baamu's Goat."  This year's event is set for  January 2-6, 2016, and we hope to attract over 5,000 youth to the Games. We will need your help again to make it all happen. Actor Gaius Charles (in Los Angele…

Shalom Training Track at CCDA in Memphis--Please share the word!

Shalom Training Track at Christian Community Development Association National Conference  Nov. 11-12th, 2015 Every year, over 4,000 faith-motivated, justice-driven, community ministry leaders gather for the Christian Community Development Association's national conference.  This year we're in Memphis for CCDA.
In behalf of Communities of Shalom, a member organization, I am pleased to invite you to four events at CCDA in Memphis on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 11-12th, 2015: ·Networking Lunch Session for trainers ·Practical Workshop onrepurposing church buildings ·Go and See a Shalom Site in Memphis ·Shalom Training Consultation for community developers
Here are the details:   NETWORKING LUNCH FOR TRAINERS :Support and Resources for Trainers wanting to offer Asset Based Community Development Training.  Hosted by Dr. Michael J. Christensen, former International Director, Communities of Shalom, Drew University, current training consultant at Nor…

We're not in Kentucky anymore

Travel Day Two.  Dubai.  After spending 3 weeks researching and writing about Wesleyan history theology at Asbury Theological Seminary, we took off for another three weeks on the road--in Uganda.  First stop: Dubai.  After tearing across the world's most opulent airport, I found myself thinking: "We're not in Kentucky anymore." 
Kampala.  After a 14 hour flight from D.C., we arrived this morning in Dubai in transit to Kampala.After only one hour to change planes, we were on our wayoff to Entebbe airport in Uganda.Pastor Baamu Moses, Director of Shalom Uganda, Dr. Caroline Njuki, representing the United Methodist Church,  and Grace (our driver) met us at the airport and welcomed two tired pilgrims to Uganda. 
An hour or so later, we checked into an Anglican Church spored Guest House to stay the night.   Tomorrow we will pick up Dennis and make our way to Jinja to meet the rest of the team, visit some of the flood victims we helped from afar, meet the new tailors in t…

Uganda Mission Begins

Travel Day One.  Washington/Dulles International to Dubai Airport.  Rebecca and I leave today to join and lead a team of ten "shalomers" (five Ugandans, four Americans, and one Malawian) on a 21-day mission in Uganda to raise hope and deepen community development projects in Jinja, Mbale and Hoima areas.
Every year since 2005 I’ve organized and led a service trip and mission to Malawi or Uganda, either for CitiHope International or WorldHope Corps.This year’s international Mission is focused on Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) as taught by Communities of Shalom, based at Drew University, as well as on several WorldHope Corps sponsored projects.
Our team will conduct the seventh and final session of ShalomTraining for 300 organized coffee farmers ready to step up from subsistence to sustainable livelihoods, and lead and participate in two support and empowerment conferences: one for youth at-risk for HIV/AIDS; and the other for women desiring greater economic indepen…

A Plea to Help Flood Victims, from Pastor Moses of Uganda

Hello friends and Shalomers: 
Two nights ago we had heavy rains which turned to floods for six hours.  The disaster caused many people to lose their houses and gardens and their lives. Two of the people who died are a 67 year old woman and her grand daughter of 12 years.   When the water entered her home, it brought down the house and swept everything out. Their bodies were found in Lake Victoria at the source of the Nile.
In the spirit of shalom we are raising funds to help the affected families. We call upon Shalomers wherever you are to join us in this situation.Though these people were affected directly, we all are affected indirectly.
Pastor Baamu Moses
Director of Shalom Uganda ,Africa .
P.S.  Emergency funds for flood victims may be channeled through  

Dear Baamu Moses,
We at Thanksgiving Coffee pray for the safety and health of those who are left to make the situation better.
I have informed Willington at Gumutindo Cooperative and Henry at the Coffee Board of…

Uganda Mission Trip 2015

Dear Friends of WorldHope Corps:
I  invite you to join us this year on a mission with Uganda in June, or support our mission there.  
Every year since 2005, I've led a service trip to Africa.  We go to communities to which we have been invited, to share in mutual ministry and joint projects; and we find that we gain so much more than what we give.  Henri Nouwen calls this "reverse mission" (See Gracias by Henri Nouwen).
This year we're returning to Uganda on June 22.  
Our ministry partners, Pastor Baaumu Moses (leader of Shalom Coffee Collective in Jinja) and Br. Julius Kasaija (leader of SARS Shalom near Hoima) invited members of WorldHope Corps and Communities of Shalom to come and see, enjoy and celebrate, the good things God is doing in Uganda in the lives of Christians, Muslim and Jews. 

Together, we will participate in Five Great Community Events:
Shalom Graduation Ceremony in Jinja:  Since 2010, a total of 470 coffee farmers, teachers, tailors and community worker…