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Issue #2 - Life of a KBC man in the Diaspora

The KEY RING is a monthly publication by the Kampala Baptist Church Mens Ministry that seeks to provide an avenue where men can share knowledge and understanding of the word of God, experiences, encourage one another as the older men also perform the act of paralambano to the younger men. Our prayer is that the Lord will speak to you through these publications.

Any bubbles you had about out-side countries that have been burst? KN: No. All I expected is what I have experienced really. You know am not this kind of guy who doesnt know stuff, It is as if I have existed in all worlds Which church do you attend out there? KN: I attend a church called Brandon Full Gospel Church TR: I go to Zion Baptist Church, Cambridge

March 2012

2 men; Kakuuku Noah and Twongyirwe Ronald took time off to write down some of their experiences with life away from home (Kampala Baptist Church and Uganda at large). Both these men are currently living in the United Kingdom where they are on different missions. Below are extracts from what they wanted to share with the men at Kampala Baptist Church. Noahs responses are marked with the initials KN while Ronalds are marked with TR. Enjoy as you discover what life is like away from Uganda.
What took you out there? KN: I got an opportunity to do some more training in Theology TR: Studies You have spent some time away from Kampala, what do you miss most about it? TR: The good weather, warm people and the mouth-watering African dishes.

How different is the worship experience there from the one back here? TR: The way of worship is very much alike. The church has about 20-30 committed Christians that attend every Sunday (made up of mainly elderly couples and a few young University students). We share tea after services and get to interact with church members. There are midweek Bible studies hosted by one of the families. What do you miss most about Kampala Baptist Church? KN: I miss the people, the fellowship, the openness, the word not that they dont preach here. TR: I miss the warm fellowship of the brethren at church. In particular the young and older couples I interacted with. The Bible studies every Sunday were refreshing. What are you looking forward to when you get back? KN: Looking forward to working more with the young people 30 committed Christians and the choir and getting on with life, and hoping on my first Sunday I will get a chocolate cakehaha. TR: Am looking forward to seeing everyone again and getting a lot more involved in the different ministries at church, sharing and walking with those God entrusts to my circles. Noah, is the dating there different from what it is here? Where do you find it easier? KN: Haha the dating thing here is as confused as it is in Uganda. There are a lot of single ladies and single mothers, the ladies say that the Men are scared of commitment.......reminds me of something. Ronald, as a married man how have you worked towards fidelity? TR: This is a serious challenge that by the grace of God, He has faithfully carried me through. I work at being faithful to my wife daily. I communicate with her daily and support her (and King) to make sure everything is well. Other than the academic work, am involved in a number of activities. I play football for my College, play guitar for the College band and lots of exciting church activities plus fellowships! These keep me fit, active and focused! What would you say is the most urgent prayer request for KBC men living out there? TR: I think the prayer requests vary greatly with individual needs, aspirations and experiences. The economic crisis coupled with the high standards of living immensely shape financial decisions and planning.

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Ronald (first left-back) with his college football team-mates

Do you ever get news from Uganda? If yes how does it get to you? KN: Haa, this is embarrassing! I only get news when I call friends; I rarely read the online news. Do you meet any Ugandans out there? Where do you meet them? How do you interact with them? KN: Ugandans? I have met like one Ugandan (Elise) haha, InterestMen are scared of ing it is...She was my host for Christmas in Bristol which was really Commitment fun. Ever since you travelled out, what has changed about you? KN: The Accent hahaha. Well, a lot has really changed, gained some weight, I have become better at relations with people, and I have gained some level of knowledge about business. I have got a lot of opportunities to do farming and learn more about farming, cooking.

What is the most complicated situation you have had to deal with? KN: Dealing with people. Being in a different culture that has preconceived ideas about your country; undoing them to just show that each one is different really has not been easy. Are there any cultural shocks you have encountered? If yes which ones are they? KN: A few; most of the people are a bit reserved; everyone guards their space as much as possible. Every man should at a point take down their walls. Have you suffered any racial segregation? Why do you think it has happened that way? TR: No racial segregation experienced so far. I am in a metropolitan city with a diversity of cultures and people against racism.

Noah (2nd from right) leading worship with friends

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