24 February 2015 // Articles & Stories

Uganda update and Meet the Gibson Children

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The Gibson family live and work in Kampala, Uganda. We asked Ruby (9); Jessica (7) and Florence (4) their thoughts on living in Uganda.

Where do you live? Can you describe it for us?

R: In Makindye, Kampala. There are lots of friendly people. We have a nice garden. We have four pets.

F: I like our cat, Ginger.

J: We grow bananas in our garden.

What is the food like?

R: Matoke is horrible! But I like beans with chapatti. Mango, pineapple and passion fruit are good if it’s not too sour.

J: I love matoke and beans! Salad is nice too. Small bananas are great.

F: I like beans! I like apples and mangoes too.

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Our lives as well

Paul & Di Allcock say; we have just returned to Mbarara in the south-west of Uganda for a second ‘short term’ spell serving in this beautiful country. So why are we going back?

It was only a few months into our first year that we became convinced that the Lord would want us to stay in Mbarara beyond our initial commitment of one year. The Lord quickly gave us relationships with Ugandans alongside the work we were doing in giving support and pastoral care to the AIM team. Many of these Ugandan brothers and sisters expressed a great enthusiasm to meet with us and to study the Bible together – and this has been a great joy for us. As we shared in their lives we grew to love them and to see the value of coming back to continue this work. We have truly experienced what Paul expresses in 1Thessalonians 2:8:

‘Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.’

We pray that this second stage will be even more fruitful than the first as the Lord leads and equips us.

What’s it like living in another country, telling people about Jesus?

J: Weird, I am shy.

R: Good, when people listen.

What is school like?

R: Very good, especially the food!

J: I like my teacher.

F: I like the toys and my friends.

Do you go to church?

R: Yes we go to Kampala International Church (KIC)

F: I like Sunday school

What do you get asked most by friends and family at home?

R: Do you like school and is it hot all the time in Uganda?

J: What is it like in Uganda?

Where do you want to live in the future?

J: America

F: England

R: Lots of places

Do you have any favourite Bible verses or stories?

R: Jesus speaking to Saul on the road to Damascus, when he lost his sight then became Paul.

J: Noah’s ark

F: Joseph and his coloured coat.

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James & Claire Gibson

James teaches and disciples veterinary students at Makarere University. He mentors them in their careers and spiritual lives to be Christian leaders. Claire is the Senior School Principal of Acacia International School, a Christian school serving local and missionary families.

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