01 September 2008

Trip to Uganda & Rwanda: Update

Evelien writes:
The first two weeks of August Tim, Henk (who works with DTS at YWAM Muizenberg) and I travelled to Uganda and Rwanda. Our mission: Tim was invited to teach at the DTS in Arua (Uganda) and in Kigali (Rwanda). We also spent two nights in Jinja (Uganda), for an interview with Sam Kisolo, the national leader, and to talk about the Communication Consultation that will take place in Jinja in April 2009.

For me it was great to discover a new part of Africa by travelling around by bus; we spent hours travelling from one place to another. I certainly enjoyed the views of nature and African life. And if you are looking for banana paradise, you can find it in Uganda and Rwanda!

It was great to connect with the different YWAM bases, to see how they live, and to get to know staff and students a little bit better. It was really encouraging to see the involvement of the bases in Arua and Kigali in the community.

In Kigali, Rwanda, the YWAM team is doing some amazing work in the local community: a primary school, vocational training, projects with widows, HIV-AIDS, ex prostitutes, orphanages and many more ministries.

Of course we communicated about communication! Good communication makes a difference. Having so many different ministries in the local community also means having lots of stories and testimonies. But how can we make sure all these stories will get ‘out there’? There is such a need for communicators. Communicating these stories, about what God is doing in Africa, will make a difference! Come and do the School of Field Journalism in January 2009!

Communication tools

Internet is a great communication tool. However, travelling throughout Africa shows that access to internet is not as common as it is in other parts of the world. Even though there is internet available in Africa, there are lots of places where the connection is very poor. It can easily take half an hour to read 2-3 emails. In some places the YWAM staff members have to travel to an internet cafĂ© first to check their email. Thinking about “My Facebook” in rural areas? Sounds nice, but you can forget about it.

For us as AfriCom and everyone who wants to work on better communication, this means that we need to think of different ways to communicate with our YWAM family in Africa.

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