Thursday, August 13, 2009

Leaving for Uganda

For the past 5+ weeks since I returned from Tanzania and Kenya, I have been spending most of my time working on a new EPI course on Biblical Theology (i.e., the basic "storyline" of the Bible; how Christ and the church fulfill the Old Testament; the major biblical themes, etc.). This should take me until the end of the year to complete, and I think will prove to be a very good, necessary, and important additon to EPI's "core curricula."

Now I will be leaving for Uganda on Saturday, and am scheduled to return to the States on Sept. 10. This trip is special in that my wife, Nancy, will be accompanying me. This will be Nancy's first trip to Africa. However, other than the first night in Kampala, we will not be together. Nancy is a specialist in testing for dyslexia and tutoring people who have dyslexia (a condition that affects about 20% of all people to one degree or another, and makes it difficult for them to learn to read). Through her training, she has gotten in touch with a pastor in Kamapala and a woman who works with him who have formed the Uganda Dyslexia Asociation. She will be working with them for a week, and then returning home. To find out more about dyslexia, and what help she can provide, please go to her website:

I myself will be having 7 conferences in various parts of the country, as follows:

North Mbale, Aug. 17-19--Stewardship or Mariage
Bukedi, Aug. 19-22--1 Timothy
Lwakhaha, Aug. 23-26--1 Timothy
Busoga, Aug. 26-29--Marriage
Nebbi, Aug. 31-Sept. 3--Stewardship
Arua, Sept. 3-5--Stewardship
Central Buganda, Sept. 6-9--1 Timothy

Please pray for this work. Also, if you would be so kind, please pray for one medical condition of mine: I just had an eye appointment because I have been having some floaters and light flashes on the right side. The doctor said that the vitreous is pulling away from the retina, which is an age-related thing, and in itself is not worrisome. However, there is a (low) possibility that the pulling could be hard enough to cause a tear in the retina. Because this phenomenon just began a couple of weeks ago, I need to monitor my vision while I am in Africa. If a tear occurred, I would have to get to a retinal specialist right away. I would, of course, prefer that such a complication not occur at all, and especially while I am in parts of Africa where retinal specialists are few and far between.