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‘And so this is Christmas……’

‘And so this is Christmas……’

……’and what have you done?’ As John Lennon sang. I am in a Muslim country, Dubai, listening to the sound of cranes building yet more expensive, anonymous apartments on a day that has no real significance here. Those apartments will largely be occupied by people who…

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STILL I will praise you Lord!

STILL I will praise you Lord!

In the Passion4Africa orchards…………our harvest numbers have fallen off a cliff. From 4,000 kilos in five days a fortnight ago to a maximum of 1,500 this week. If we’re lucky. And this in the run-up to Christmas when our customers are screaming out for fruit…

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Onwards – and looking upwards

Onwards – and looking upwards

It’s that time of year when I spend most of my time praying about the next twelve months. Another school year successfully completed, more than 250 children about to go up to a new class, and nearly 70 employees across J10:10 and passion4africa. Someone has…

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More than they (or we) could ask or imagine……..

I am so flipping busy that I can barely breathe…….looking forward to Christmas and a rest! Every day there are things that I want to share with J10:10’s supporters – but I just don’t have the time. PLEASE forgive me……. But Friday was a day…

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Can you hear the sleigh-bells ringing?

Of course we flipping can’t. It’s Uganda. It never snows. And no-one here (or very few people) have heard of Father Christmas. There will be no presents for most children, few cards, but people will celebrate God’s ludicrous plan of becoming man and dying in the…

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Back home – to Hildah, Michelle and Passion4Africa…….

And what a trio they are! I have said before that true happiness only comes from being in the place that God created you to be. And I have said before that, for me, that place is Uganda. And specifically Kabale, Kigazi and Bigungiro. Although this…

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Tired, grateful……and still at liberty. Just.

I miss my wife. I also miss Uganda and all that we do there. I’m in the UK for a frantic week of………..business meetings; catching up with friends, family and children; collecting money owed to me; gratefully receiving donations; transporting wonderful Michelle’s new wheelchair back to…

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‘Parting is such sweet sorrow………’

……wrote Shakespeare. Not sure about that. Parting from my wife and our work here in Uganda (even though it’s only for 10 days) is only made tolerable by the fact that I will be back here in a week and a half. Otherwise there would…

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More than she (or we) could ask or imagine……..

It is now more than three years since I first held little Michelle in my arms. She is now bigger, healthier, more alert, more engaged, more alive and has more potential than I ever imagined possible……….and she, Jesus and Hildah are the best things in my…

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Vulnerable, out-of-control, at God’s mercy……………

‘Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.’ Saint Basil It is true to say that a large part of me wants to curse the rain this morning. It’s harvest…

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