Author Archives: Anna

Handling Poop

“What is the hardest part of your ministry?” No one has ever asked me this question, but that hasn’t stopped me from thinking of an answer. I just wrote about one of the most potentially dangerous incidents in the school … Continue reading

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Trial By Tugu

I just knew that metal crushing sound was not right. A tugu tree was cut down, and it had fallen right on top of our newly renovated building, which houses the remedial classroom, isolation room (for  sick children) and clinic. … Continue reading

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He is God, I am Not

Something strange has come over me lately, and it was filling my heart with fear. Several circumstances have contributed to this feeling, so let me back up a bit. It’s a well-known fact that I was reluctant to take on … Continue reading

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When the Desert Floods

Who chooses to live in the desert? When I first came to Gulu, long before I even knew God was going to call me here, my Ugandan friends joked, “Welcome to Sudan!” The climate in Gulu is much harsher than … Continue reading

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Hannah’s Prayer

When I was about 11 years old, my favorite singer made a public announcement that she was having a baby, and that she chose not to marry the baby’s father (this was a big deal in late 70s Philippines). That … Continue reading

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For What It’s Worth

When I was a lot younger, my older brother, whom I idolized, challenged me to jump off a cliff into the ocean. There was only a meter-wide gap between rocks I would have to miss if I wanted to keep … Continue reading

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Our Hurried Pace

“Americans have watches, we have time.” This is one of the first lessons I learned in Uganda. It simply means that Americans tend to keep to their strict timetable, but Ugandans (and most other Africans) will be more fluid and … Continue reading

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The Happy Wall

I recently “updated” my happy wall. It was a Saturday morning and usually I just jump right into cleaning and laundry after breakfast. But I was looking at my wall (it was somewhere between the top picture and the bottom … Continue reading

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Strength for the Sower

The very good things in life often take lots of time. Just like the farmer, who sows his seeds, nourishes his crop and waits for harvest time, we work, pray, and wait. I have had time to think recently about … Continue reading

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The Remains of the Day

I haven’t been able to sleep well the past three nights (If you know me well, that means I have gotten six hours of sleep instead of my usual eight). I guess I’m a bit anxious about flying to a … Continue reading

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