Monday, October 8, 2012

What Do We Do?

by Glenn Broce
As we've been in Uganda for over 8 months, I've been asked what it is that we do as missionaries. I think some have the idea that we feed poor starving children, hold evangelistic rallies, "lay hands" on people, etc.

The truth is, we do a lot of what we would do in the states.

I currently oversee the Media Department, and we are charged with producing DVDs and CDs for Pastor Joshua. Currently, we do it with volunteers and it is quite challenging. The equipment is a hodge podge of old a a few new pieces (mostly old).

For the first 5 months, I taught 2 classes at Grace Assembly's part-time Bible School- "Financial Integrity and Stewardship" and "Acts of the Apostles."

I also do simple (very simple) animations for Pastor Joshua, illustrating his powerpoint teaching presentations. These almost always give the "aha" moment for the audience, vissualy putting together the theory part of the lecture.

I have travelled with Pastor Joshua on several of the convocations (conferences) as he goes around the country teaching on altars & thrones and kings & priests. Many times I have been his driver, freeing him up to relax and take phone calls.

I work with the sound on Sunday mornings, helping to keep the volume down (let's just say we're still working on that one) and providing a better mix to the sound.

Marjorie teaches part-time at the international school that are children now attend. The first semester, Marjorie home-schooled our kids, but the opportunity came up to trade teaching for most of their tuition, and this has been a huge blessing.

Our kids enjoy being kids. They hang out with their friends, most of whom live very near each other in our new neighborhood (we've been in our house for two and a half months now). It's not too uncommon to see 10-15 teenagers occupying the living room playing a game or watching a movie on the weekend. Nick plays (played) soccer, Krister plays guitar on the school worship team and Annaliese is learning how to play the trumpet.

We go grocery shopping every weekend at a super market (there are several that are mostly like what you'd find in the states) and buy the same kinds of foods that we would in the states (mostly that is).

For the most part, we do "normal" things albeit in an African way, such as filling our car with "petrol" (not gas- that's what you use to cook with, aka propane in the states) - full, but pronounced similar to "fOOOOl". If not, they think I'm saying "forty". Don't ask me- I don't understand either. We drive on the left side of the road, and all the conrols except the gas & brake pedals are reversed. We use Uganda shillings (not dollars) and it is about 2,500 shillings to $1. That makes for some interesting math!

We do normal things, just in an African way (mostly).