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Published on July 25th, 2011 | by kenmacgowan

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Stress Rehearsal

It couldn’t have been a coincidence.

The Ontario Hydro people must have known I am gearing up for another trip to Uganda. So they gave me a stress rehearsal. The power went out.

And stayed out. For 28 hours.

Shaving by candlelight and looking for toothpaste are familiar pastimes. The first place we lived in Africa, Zambezi, Zambia, had electricity four hours a day. Some days. Some months.

Perhaps blackouts are better than the brownouts. Mbale, Uganda featured frequent drops in voltage, but made up for it by providing 330 volts from time to time. Our fridge loved it.

(Of course, our fridge in Zambezi was powered by kerosene.)

So our African missionaries in training will soon be gathering in Kampala for another seminar. I will follow by helping train urban pastors, hoping to motivate them to reach out to our rural colleagues, who usually have no electricity at all.

Drought. Poverty. Corruption. Sickness. Famine. What is the answer to the problems in Africa? Change the individual, and a new creature emerges. One who will be honest. Will work hard. Will refuse bribes. Will show initiative. And will help others.

That is our challenge. And stress rehearsals help prepare us. May God bless you.


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