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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…