Leaving East Africa

By Ben:  We had to get up at 3:30am to get to the Entebbe airport for our 7am flight to Kigali…that was tough! The flight to Kigali was only an hour, but we had a 5 hour layover before our flight to London Gatwick. We killed the time in Kigali at the coffee shop,...

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Our Tour Guide Deo

By Ben  Our tour guide/driver for the Ishaka-Kampala portion of our trip was a fine young man named Deo. He has his own tour business, Divine Tours. After delivering us safely to Kampala by way of the animals, he drove us all over the place in Kampala—no mean...

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Road to Kampala

By Ben: The drive from Ishaka to Kampala is about 6 hours. Our driver Deo took us on a little detour that went along a game reserve. We didn’t go in it, but there were still lots of zebra and impala to look at. We took a break at the equator where we were...

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Meeting Deo’s Family in Kampala

While we have been in Kampala, we have had an awesome driver named Deo. He has driven us all around Kampala the past couple days and has done a fantastic job. I'm not sure how he drives in the chaotic traffic here, but I'm glad he knows what he's doing. Ben and I got...

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Hanging With The Locals

By Brandon  During our stay in Ishaka, Josh, Sam, and I got to hang out with the university students at one of thier hostels. We played games, ate food, and watched a movie! It was a blast and it made me sad thinking about leaving the next day. While I was...

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On Our Way To Kampala

By Brandon  We stopped at the Uganda Equator on our way to the big city which was the first Equator I had ever been to! After that, we went on a mini safari and saw lots of Zebras. I am starting to get a little bummed out about our fast approaching departure from...

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Wrap Up Rukunjiri Meeting

By Ben:  After visiting the land for the future RCC school, we had a nice dinner and wrap up with the leadership of Rukungiri (notice I’m now spelling it right!).  We discussed the many opportunities for the EI Mission 2018—far more opportunities than we’ll be able to...

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Handing of the Laptops

By Ben: We were really blessed by friends at Planar (Ben’s former company) who graciously donated several laptops for us to give to students and leaders here. We presented one to Victoria, a young lady who is a student who is about to graduate from college. Without a...

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Muzungu

When we were on are way to Eshaka from Rukunjiri we were learning new words and having fun. But what really stuck out was when we waved to the people on the side of the road. Most of them have never even seen a "Muzungu" ,Ugandan word for " white man". Because they...

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Tea Plantation and Factory Tour

By Ben: One of the members of ICC is the factory director of a large tea plantation.  He invited us out to tour the factory, taste the tea, and have lunch with him and his family.  This was quite an honor, especially since it was his birthday.  On the drive there, we...

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Birthday Party!

By Sam, When we were with the Rukungiri Community Church Choir for the first time we found out that they celebrate, every two moths, people's birthdays. They asked who had a birthday in the next two months, and one of the people is Josh. Two days later we come to...

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Friday Night Energy!

By Ben:  Friday night worship and prayer nights are a tradition here that would be great to take back with us!  We’ve experienced this both at Africa New Life and ICC.  These evenings definitely are a party for Jesus, and high energy (if a bit too loud for me!).  They...

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Visiting the Future Student Hostel

By Ben:  One of the projects that Pastor Sam and ICC is working on are some hostel apartments for Kampala International University West students.  Sam recounted that several years back, Eternal Impact made a donation to Sam and Prossy towards a home for them.  But God...

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Meeting Pastor Sam in Ishaka at Tuzza Hotel

By Ben:  Pastor Elisha and Peter drove us in two cars from Rukungiri to Ishaka, which is about a one and a half hour drive.  We arrived at the Tuzza Hotel, which is situated on beautiful grounds with flowers and lots of peaceful sitting areas.   We were warmly greeted...

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Pastor Elisha

By Ben:  I wanted to say a few words about Pastor Elisha, the senior pastor at Rukungiri Community Church.  While he is small in stature, he is a giant spiritually!  He has the warmest heart for people, and made us feel like family.  Rukungiri Community Church is a...

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True Brotherly Love

By Ben:  A refreshing difference here in East Africa is expressions of true filial love between brother and brother and sister and sister.  Like was the case for me in my childhood in Micronesia, is it not uncommon to see boys holding their friends hands, and likewise...

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Future Secondary School

By Ben:  One of the projects that is on Pastor Elisha’s heart is to provide a secondary school for a region on the outskirts of Rukungiri.  With help from Africa Renewal Ministries, they have purchased a 2 acre plot of land where they hope to someday build the school....

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Seeking God’s Will

By Ben:  Our next stop was God’s Will Community Church in Kibone (we couldn’t help but joke around with the name—“Hey, does anyone know the way to God’s Will?”, and “Hey guys, its time to leave God’s Will”)  This is one of the 32 church plants that have come out of...

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Sunrise Corporate Prayer Breakfast

By Ben:  It was tough to wake up at 4:30am to get ready for the 6am Corporate Prayer Breakfast!  But somehow we managed to drag ourselves up and out.   We got there at about 5:30am to the sound of pretty wild and really loud worship/prayer that honestly was out of my...

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RCC Training at the Heritage Center

By Ben:  We spent most of Wednesday in Rukinjiri meeting with the Rukijiri Community Church leadership at the Heritage Center, a nice little conference center on top of a hill.  John gave a talk on Live It Out and Up/In/Out, and then left for a school with the boys....

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Arrival in Rukinjiri

By Ben: After our stop at the Rukinjiri Community Church, we headed to our digs at Rukinjiri Inn. Not at nice as the ANL Guest House, but still not bad. Hardly any hot water, but enough to sponge bath! About 7 of the RCC leaders came and met with us late into the...

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Rukinjiri

Finally we have made our way across the border into Uganda, I found myself glued to the window as we were crossing the border. Staring at the interesting and different way of life, to what I am used too. We are staying in a city at the moment called Rukinjiri, which...

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Kigali to Rukinjiri

By Ben:  Yesterday was a travel day, leaving from the Dream Center in Kigali to Rukinjiri in Western Uganda.  Our bus was actually really nice and comfortable, and the roads are good if not windy.  The border crossing is a jumble of trucks, cars, and people, and the...

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Genocide Memorial

By Ben:  We finished our day today with a visit to the Rwanda Genocide Memorial.  It is a sobering and scary experience to see first hand the depths of depravity that the human soul can sink to.  Many of the people who hacked their neighbors to death with machetes...

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Sunday Service at the Dream Center

By Ben: We started early this morning, meeting Pastors Charles and Fred. The boys went to the high school service and played more music, while John and I were in the main sanctuary. The band is “Beauty for Ashes”, a group that was raised up in the church and is...

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Reflections So Far

By Ben: We’ve been here two days now.  As I reflect on our time so far, several things stand out.  First, the people here really love the Lord, and it shows in their singing and prayer which is wonderful to see.  Second, they are an optimistic country.  Having...

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Sleep! Finally!

By Ben:  We were pretty exhausted after the evening worship service, and thankfully the beds here at the Dream Center are really nice!  They are memory foam or something, and we all slept like logs…!  The Dream Center Guest House is very nice, up in the hills about...

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Waiting, Waiting, Waiting…

By Ben: Lot’s of hurry up and wait in this international travel!  Here we are waiting for our flight out of Gatwick to Rwanda.  We were flying on the new Rwandair direct flight in a nice new Airbus 330, which was pretty...

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At the Kayonza Center

By Ben:  Today (Saturday), we traveled about 1 hour out of Kigali to Kayonza where there is a large school compound that is part of Africa New Life.  There was a teacher conference going on that we were invited to.  Amazingly, we met the principal of Damascus...

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John Giving the Message at the Dream Center

By Ben:  The evening was capped off with John delivering a powerful gospel message with the up/in/out aspects of our relationship with God and others as the central theme.  There were about 200 young adults in the audience—all on fire! We finished up, and as you can...

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Worship Night at the Dream Center

By Ben:  Brandon and Josh (aka Jazzman) had about an hour to practice with the worship team before they were live on stage!  The place was alive with prayer before everything got started, and Brandon, Jazzman, and the rest of the team did amazingly well!  Having had...

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Arrival at the Dream Center

By Ben: Arrived at the Dream Center, which is the hub of Africa New Life.  It is an amazing center with a large sanctuary, a youth church building, administrative offices, a soon-to-be-completed hospital, dormitories, and—my favorite—the Africa College of Theology! ...

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Roughing It In London

Our first stop was in London, where we were treated like royalty by Tim and Anita Hill, who live on the outskirts of London in a wonderful town called Claygate.  The weather was spectacular—not what you usually expect in London!  Tim fed us homemade Thai chicken...

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Thumbs Up at PDX!

By Ben:  With a little cajoling, we were able to get all our bags, including our big Rubbermaid tubs full of supplies, checked in to our flight.  With that, we got the thumbs up that we were finally on our way!...

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The Adventure Begins

Over 13 years ago I made my first trek into East Africa. I have returned more than 20 times with hundreds of people. The long flights, layovers, custom checks, lost luggage, long days and short nights don’t seem to get any easier. But the joy of sharing this...

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Here We Go!

John, Samuel and I are gathering last-minute supplies, getting final injections, and doing some serious packing over the next few days as we gear-up for a 5am departure on June 14th to the UK, Rwanda & then Uganda. God has been reminding us of His faithfulness so...

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John Garrick

John Garrick

Pastor, Team Leader

Ben Clifton

Ben Clifton

Team Member

Brandon Bush

Brandon Bush

Team Member

Sam Garrick

Sam Garrick

Team Member

Josh Hill

Josh Hill

Team Member