I’ve been offline for a couple of weeks trying to keep up with family and work stuff amidst a busier than usual travel schedule. I’ve missed blogging though. I’m currently in Kampala with group of several fearless influencers from Mavuno. This is more a reconnaissance type trip ~ as we explore the possibilities of starting a Mavuno-like church in this city. It’s been a phenomenal few days and every single one of our meetings has gone even better than we expected. Thanks for all of you who’ve been praying! Let me start off with the nine things I like most about Kampala so far. Not in any particular order…
- The People – officially not known as Kampalans or Kampalites, people here are very warm and welcoming. They are also extremely courteous and enjoyable to be around.
- Pace of life – people are generally much more relaxed than in Nairobi. A couple of days back I was rushing across town at rush hour until I noticed no one else was rushing anywhere. Kinda made me look odd so I slowed down. I was surprised how much more I enjoyed my walk after that!
- Boda-boda – The city is populated with numerous motor-bike taxis. Though I’m glad they don’t allow them on Nairobi streets as they would greatly shorten our national life expectancy, they were fun to take rides on!
- History – I’ve enjoyed the sense of history around the place, as we visited the Buganda parliament and palace as well as a couple of the earliest churches. Also the memorable martyrs hill where numerous Christians were beheaded or burnt alive in the late 1800’s because they wouldn’t renounce their faith
- Beauty – It’s easy to see why this very green and hilly city is called the Pearl of Africa.
- Safe – Kampala just feels much safer to walk/drive in than Nairobi
- Good Churches – We’ve encountered some great churches here such as Kampala Pentecostal Church (now known as Watoto Church) that is doing some great work in influencing the society and looking after many orphans (there are two million orphans in Uganda). This has given them a good reputation in the society. Also got to hang out with some of the pastoral team. Cool peoples. Another church we enjoyed visiting is Ggaba Community Church.
- Young adults – I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with the younger generation here. They’re so similar to peeps back home and yet so different. Met an incredibly switched on group of them yesterday and gained some great perspectives on non-church going youth in Kampala and Kampala culture in general (UG is the youngest nation on earth; 50% under the age of 15!)
- Kabaragara – means the small round brown pancakes sold by bike vendors on the streets. None of us has yet dared to taste them but the name sounds so cool when Ugandans say it!
We have several key meetings planned today and tomorrow before we return to Nairobi. Please pray they go well.