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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ugandan (English) Dictionary

Taken from many missionaries' experiences (parenthesis indicate country specific definition)

  • Am = I'm
  • American Horse = Chopper style motorcycle (USA)
  • Are we together = Are we in agreement or during we have a deal (USA)
  • Are you getting me = Do you understand (USA)
  • Ashoom = Assume (USA)
  • BBQ - Barbie (NZ)
  • Bih-biblical = Biblical
  • Boda-Boda or just Boda = Motorcycle taxi (USA)
  • Bonnet = Car hood (USA)
  • Boot = Car trunk (USA)
  • Branch left/right = Turn left/right
  • Break down truck = Tow truck
  • Burial = Funeral
  • Can I pick you? = Can I give you a ride? (USA)
  • Can you imagine! = Said when something is done wrong, or if someone does something not normal.
  • Cavara = Plastic (Walmart type) bag (USA)
  • Chips = French Fries (USA)
  • Cocktail = Juice made of a mix of fruits (no alcohol)
  • Crisips = Potato Chips (USA)
  • Do you know how to dig? = Do you know how to garden? (USA)
  • Ease myself = Go to the bathroom (USA)
  • Extend = Move over (NZ)
  • Extend a bit = Move forward a little
  • Extend a little = Move forward a bit
  • Firstborn = Oldest Child (USA)
  • Flyover = Overpass (USA)
  • Food = Starchy or main food.
  • Football = Soccer (USA)
  • Football Pitch = Soccer field (USA)
  • He never hit a miss = He always nailed the target
  • He's my follower = She is my sister born after me
  • He picked = He answered the phone
  • Hell-ith = Health
  • Hon-est = Honest
  • Hoot = Honk the horn (USA)
  • How is the going? = How's it going? (USA)
  • How is there = How are things at home?
  • I am about = I am almost finished
  • I am fearing = I am afraid (USA)
  • I am going for prayers = I’m going to church
  • I am on my way coming = I know I should have been there x minutes ago, but I'd like you to know that I do intend to get there at some point
  • I am paining = I have a pain somewhere in my body of undisclosed location
  • I am somehow =I am improving from an illness
  • I bounced = I popped over to see you but you weren’t home (NZ)
  • I have ever gone there = I have been there before (USA)
  • I kissed your car = I just smashed in your fender!
  • I will raise them = I will call them (USA)
  • I'm about = I will be there soon (but not really because they haven't even left yet)
  • I'm making 48 = I'll be turning 48 on my next birthday
  • I'm reaching = I am coming and even I may not have even left yet
  • I’m a bit fine = Get the priest he hasn't got long
  • I’m coming = As in I just now am leaving
  • Irish potato = Potato (USA)
  • It got finished = There is none left
  • It is finished = Everything on most menus every where
  • It's opposite from = It is across from (USA)
  • It's paining = it's hurting
  • It's there = Somewhere in a specific direction.
  • It’s not there = I'm sorry the item you have ordered (at a restaurant) 10 minutes ago appears to be out of stock. I'm so sorry to have wasted your time.
  • Jam = Jelly (USA)
  • Jam= traffic jam (USA)
  • Jelly or baby jelly = Petroleum jelly/ Vaseline (USA)
  • Jiga Byte = Gigabyte (USA)
  • Long call = Going #2 (bathroom) (USA)
  • Lorry = Truck (USA)
  • Mil-ihk = Milk (USA)
  • Mzungu = White person
  • Moving = The act of walking/moving about during the course of the day
  • Napkin = Feminine product (USA)
  • Next Wed = Wed after next
  • Not so? = Am I right?
  • OK please = Yes
  • Overtake = Pass another vehicle (USA)
  • Pad = Feminine product
  • Pad-ze = Ditto
  • Paralyzed = Numb
  • Parking! or Stage! = This is my stop. or I'm getting off here. (USA)
  • Parmpa instead of Nappi's or diapers (UK)
  • Pash = Power nap (NZ)
  • Passion= Passion juice
  • Please extend! = move over or get out of the way
  • Potato = Sweet potato
  • Pre-shoom = Presume (USA)
  • Private hire = Taxi (USA)
  • Punching machine = Hole punch
  • Revance = reverse, as in the opposite of advance
  • Reverse = Back up the car (USA)
  • Sauce = Protein cooked in water with salt added
  • Serviette = Napkin (USA)
  • She has pressure = She's got raised blood pressure (UK)
  • She is about = She's due any day
  • She is heavy = She is very pregnant or about to deliver
  • She is in the hospital with sugar = She is hospitalized for diabetes (UK)
  • She is putting on a trouser = She is putting on her pants (USA)
  • She produced = She gave birth
  • She was knocked by a boda = She was hit by a motorcycle
  • Shifting = Moving to a new place of residence
  • Shop = Small place to buy things
  • Short call = Going #1 (bathroom) (USA)
  • Shower/bathroom = Where you bathe
  • Slope down = go down the road, literally it's down a hill to the left right or straight
  • Sorry, sorry! = When anything bad happens, from tripping to your child being sick
  • Speed humps = Speed bumps (USA)
  • Stapling machine --Stapler (USA)
  • Stedge (stage) = Place where you can get Boda's or taxis
  • Stockzi = Socks
  • Store = Storage area
  • Strimmer-= Weed whacker (USA)
  • Sweater = Jumper (Australia)
  • Taxi = Toyota mini-van that seats 15 people including driver
  • The Baganda call ‘arms’ hands. So when you are talking about sleeves they say, your hands are big!
  • The village = Anywhere not Kampala
  • The what...? = Said often in to emphasize a point
  • Tipper = Dump truck (USA)
  • To buzz or Flash = To call someone and hang up on first ring so they’ll call you back
  • Toilet = Restroom or bathroom (USA)
  • Torch = Flashlight (USA)
  • Trolley = Shopping cart (USA - or buggy in the south)
  • Trousers = Pants (USA)
  • Up-country = Anywhere outside of Kampala
  • Warm water = Room temperature water (USA)
  • We won them = We beat them in a game (NZ)
  • Well be back = welcome back (USA)
  • What baby? = Is your baby a boy or a girl?
  • When someone asks you if you want something and you say, "It's okay" in America that would mean no, but in Uganda it means yes.
  • Where do you pray from? = What church do you go to?
  • Where do you stay? = Where do you live? (USA)
  • You are lost = I haven't seen you for a long time
  • You are most welcome = Welcome, as in thanks for coming (USA)
  • You are so fat = You're looking good
  • You are stubborn = You are funny
  • You beat me = Anything from light tap to a severe whack
  • You give me = Could I please have (USA)
  • You look smart = You look nice (USA)
  • You pick me = Pick me up (in the sense of meeting someone with a vehicle)
  • You sit = I accept your price for the motorcycle taxi fare (USA)
  • Zebra crossing (pronounced zehbra) = Crosswalk (USA)
  • Zed = The letter Z (USA-pronounced zee)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

So, Do You Speak African?

We've heard that question or comment often while in the states. Africa is the least known continent in the world, or so it seems.  Everywhere else people know you from the country you live in or are from, except for countries in Africa. We thought we'd take a few minutes to 'update' you on Africa.

Most people have no idea just how large the continent of Africa is.
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As you can see from the above photo, you can fit the US, India, China, Eastern Europe and much of Western Europe inside of Africa.

There are between 1,250 to 2,100 languages (some estimates put it about 3,000) spoken throughout the continent of Africa. For example, there are about 500 languages spoken in the country of Nigeria alone!

Africa is not only the second largest continent by area, but the second most populated as well. There is over 1.1 billion people that live in the continent of Africa. From 1982 through 2009 its population doubled.

There are 54 recognized countries in Africa. This is a great online quiz from the Washington Post to test your knowledge of African countries.

The current outbreak (which is not the first for Ebola in Africa) is in Western Africa. To give you a perspective of where that is, take a look at the picture below.

Now, compare that with the above picture of Africa to give you a sense of distance. We live well over 2,000 miles away from the current outbreak.

Big Things
Lake Victoria, which we live just a few miles away, is the 2nd largest fresh-water lake in the world, at  26,600 square miles. That is larger than whole countries. Only Lake Superior, in North America, is larger.

The Nile–Kagera river system is the longest in the world at 4,132 miles long. Compare that to the Amazon–Ucayali–Apurímac river system at 3,976 or the Mississippi–Missouri–Jefferson river system at 3,902 miles long.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet tall, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

The pyramid of Khufu at Giza, Egypt, is the world's tallest. Also known as the Great Pyramid, it is 451 ft high.
Nigeria is the 7th largest country by population in the world at 174.5 million people.

Algeria is the 10th largest country by area.

We hope this gives you a frame of reference and insight regarding Africa. It is a very diverse continent in many different ways.
Oh, we don't speak African. The official language in Uganda is English, but no, not everybody speaks it. (There are an estimated 40 different languages spoken in Uganda.)

And, we live in Uganda. Just Uganda.

Sunday, May 4, 2014


What is this?
As I stepped off the plane in London on the way home from Kampala to Colorado, I noticed a strange site. It was 2 places where you put your head to get water out of the side of the wall. There was a sign next to it that said 'Drinking Fountain.' I thought, "What a strange thing. Who would drink unfiltered water? They might as well call it 'Typhoid Fountain.'" When I arrived at my friends house where I'm staying, I drank water out of the faucet for the first time in almost 2 1/2 years. What an experience!

There have been many strange and shocking sights as I've reentered the US. I admit that I am very accustomed to driving on the left side, and I have been wondering how it's going to be driving on the right side here. I've been scared a few times as a car was coming in my lane until I realized they were driving correctly; I just expected them to be in the other side in my mind. I've been tempted to turn early or late in order to be in the left lane. So far, I haven't driven on the left side here in America- yet. Whew! But I do keep trying to use the gear shifter as my turn indicator (all the controls are switched except for the brake and accelerator pedals).

As I'm in the land of the great Walmart, I had to venture into it's bowels and rediscover what lies within. I didn't remember its enormity, breadth, and depth. The choices of so much stuff under one roof. I went to check out, but then I saw something that I had completely forgotten: self checkouts. I thought to myself, "Oh, this would never fly in Africa. Too many people would receive 5 finger discounts. No store owner would ever allow this!"

Another thing has shocked me. I can easily understand everyone here, which I'm not accustomed to, but here people don't greet you. In Africa, it is considered very rude not to greet people or say goodbye, even when you enter a shop or waiting room at a clinic. Here, I'm just another face. I find that very strange.

The mountains are beautiful with their snow capped tops, but it is quite barren here. In Kampala, it is very green, with lots of flowers and birds singing- year round. It looks a bit...dry and dusty here. Also, I spent my first day in a long sleeve shirt and jeans, while everyone else was in short sleeve shirts and shorts. I just shivered for a while. The world where I'm acclimatized doesn't change temperature very much. Anything hotter or colder and I'm out of my comfort zone.

I am very glad to back to visit. It has been a long time, at least so it seems to me. There are lots of differences to be sure, but at the end of the day there are lots of similarities. People are people and undergo the same types of struggles and celebrations. God is still good and good all of the time. He is faithful and leads and guides us when we allow. He has called each one of us to a world. Sometimes that's a geographical place; most times it's a people group place, such as being a teacher to students, a businessman to the market place, a singer to young people, a news reporter reporting the truth, a marriage counselor restoring families, a politician promoting righteousness or pastor encouraging and teaching his congregation.

So what is your world like?

Monday, February 24, 2014

What Pictures Can't Describe; What Words Can't Show

by Marjorie Broce
How can I explain what I saw yesterday? It defies both words and photos.

I saw babies in one "crib" after another with their mums, grandma's, and some dad's living on the stark floor beside them. Some babies were in noticeable pain. Others were sleeping peacefully. One absolutely adorable little girl had growths all over her body that were becoming huge and they stunk badly. She was getting them cut off. 

In that same room, but in the last section, there were boys with broken limbs. Many were  in a boda (motorcycle taxi) accident or a boda had hit them while they were trying to cross the street. One boy had both legs in casts and they were stretched far apart, suspended in mid-air by ropes. 

In the next unit over, we visited the men's burn section. One man had had acid thrown into his face. I'm not sure if he can still see, but his skin was discolored and terribly burned. We only talked with his brother, Isaac, as he was in too much in pain to speak. Bed after bed, the burn victims lay there in pain with their family members on the floor near them, trying to help take care of them. It smelled grossly of infection in that room. 

Also in the same big room, but the next section over, were the babies who were burned. I talked to one mom, named Stella. She had the most precious tiny baby girl you've ever seen. But from the baby's little mouth and downward, it was gooey from a terrible burn. Her little tiny body was covered with stretchy bandages and her little charred toes stuck out of the bandages. The mom told me a candle had fallen on the little girl and caught her clothes and blanket on fire.

Because most of the poor here in Uganda live without electricity, burns accidents occur frequently. For each one that I talked with, I prayed for the patient's healing, as well as strength for the caregiver. The public hospitals don't provide the same amount of care as in western hospitals, as they are short staffed and underfunded in comparison.
I never made it to the far section, but I was told that the burned women were down there. Some had their faces burned off, others were missing an eye, and many injuries were the result of domestic abuse. That just tears at my heart. How can people be so cruel?

My thanks goes to Sharon Bogle and Bill Bogle who have been arranging these visits to Mulago Hospital (Uganda's national and premier public hospital) and preparing bags with gifts like sugar, tea and a diaper in each. The family members must supply the food for the patient, and so the prayer and the gifts are a huge blessing to them. The Bogle's gather a small group of Ugandans and missionaries once a month for a couple of hours to love on people that most have forgotten.

When you think of the patients of Mulago Hospital, pray for them. Even prayers from afar are effective and comforting.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What is Your World?

by Glenn Broce
Just this month, I was asked to share with the teachers and Staff at Heritage International School where Marjorie volunteers and our children attend. I opened up by asking the staff, "What is your world?"

Sometimes it’s easy to think that our “world”, the one that Jesus called us to go to, is out there.....not where we work. But our work place is the place where we spend a majority of our time. 

Some of the teachers at the school felt like their REAL ministry was on the weekends when they get to serve at orphanages or in the poor communities.  Yes, that is ministry, but the main reason they are here is to teach at Heritage International School.  So, Glenn was able to instill a vision that their world IS Heritage International students, parents, colleagues, staff. 

At this school, they are literally discipling nations because students come from 27 nations all over the world:
Armenia, Australia, Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, France, India, Italy, Kenya, Liberia, Netherlands, Nigeria, The Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan (both South and North), Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.   
Staff at Heritage International School, Spiritual Retreat Day
The fact that these are not the poor has consumed many of the teachers and riddled them with guilt, but the fact is, these are the leaders of our next generation.  The students basically come from three groups- missionary families, governmental families and business families. They students come from influential families. What's so exciting is that the teachers have the leeway to teach the word of God freely in every class, and the teachers do that. 

It was a good reminder that their world is not just “out there” where the poor and needy are, but it’s also here at the school, where the “rich” are who will be our next leaders around the world.  What a privilege we have to disciple and transform nations!

Some of the comments we received: 

Click here for a blog post from one of the teachers who really "got it"!!!  

"I thought it was going to be a guilt trip to get us to stay here next year, instead, I have more peace that my decision to go back to the states and enter into my world there, is of God." ~High school teacher    

"When you first asked the question: Who is your world that God has called you to, I would have said my family here and back home.  But the second time you asked it after you taught, I would now answer that my world is here at Heritage and at our restaurant." ~Staff

"Now I understand the 7 Mountains better."  ~Middle school teacher
"Thank you, that was really good."  ~Elementary school teacher

So, which mountain of influence (education, government, business, religion/church, media, arts/entertainment, family) has God called you?

"What is your world?"

Snorting Deliverence

by Marjorie Broce
During Bible class, Glenn was talking about the different things we can do that are part of spending time with God: Thanksgiving, praise, worship, being still and knowing that He is God, meditating on the Word, forgiveness, asking for wisdom, praying in tongues, etc. So, Glenn was telling them that we become like the ones that we spend time with. (We become more like Him the more we spend time with Him).

He gave an example and then I thought of one myself. Before I was married, I had an awesome roommate who loved to laugh. But when she laughed, she also snorted like a pig in between laughs. I really DID NOT like that particular laugh and I made a note of that to myself.

After living there for some time, I was laughing one day, and wouldn't you know it, but I snorted! I could not believe it! And I snorted many times after that when I laughed. It almost seemed like I couldn't help myself!

Of course I was demonstrating for the audience and they thought it was hilarious. They laughed and laughed and even brought it up in later conversations to me.
You DO become like those that you hang around with!

Thankfully, I'm freed from the snorting laugh now.