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Field Camp 2017 by Kifamba Silver and Naturinda Evet

 

BEYOND UGANDA – Bugiri, Uganda

A prayer that we had as we set off to the field camp was good enough to guarantee us a safe journey, good weather and success throughout the camp. Arriving at beyond Uganda, we were received by a group of very loving people that is Mr. Juma and his crew. This crew would then help us as we did our work at the site. There is a creek running through the property and was a crucial area to survey.it had some really deep parts and also had a few weak bridges. It harbors frogs, fish and even snakes as one team encountered one of these deadly reptiles. We had a number of people sliding and falling in the creek as they tried to take topo shots or even trying to cross from one side to the other.

Introductions of the teams on the site at arrival

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the bridges of the creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part of the creek that we surveyed with Mr. Juma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Roy, John Paul and Evet surveying at the creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the final work day, we happened to finish work in time and had time to play with the community children and big people. We had carried with us footballs, skipping ropes, blowing bubbles and many more which we left to the church to keep on behalf of the community. Every one of us participated in playing with the community especially the children, showing love to each other like our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to. My team met a young boy called ‘Muganda’ speaking very good English with confidence at the beyond Uganda site as we worked. But we found him going to the creek to do fishing during school time, because he was chased at a government school because he could not pay development fee. He had a dream of becoming either a pilot or a policeman but he it looks like his dreams are being destructed. Once the ‘Beyond Uganda’ is completed, a number of such children will get a chance to accomplish their dreams and also allow other kids to dream.

Evet,Solome and Brenda decorating the children’s heads with pieces of flagging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Livingstone showing kids how to blow bubbles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaja Joan, Steven and Evet skipping with the children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steven, Silver and Francis posing with the kids. The boy in black T. shirt is called “Muganda”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the end of the day, our destination was hotel continental in Iganga town where we had a heavy delicious dinner before organizing the day’s work, preparing for the following day and having comfortable nights in the hotel rooms. Mr. Konah and Mr. Juma presented to us, the background and objectives of the ‘Beyond Uganda’ project and this looks like a chance that God is giving to the people of Bugiri to meet their dreams and have hope in this world by using other people to do His works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaimee and Jajja surrounded by Ninjas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amazima

It was at around 9:00AM when we arrived at Amazima Site in Jinja. The hospitality, exotic buildings and at most the peace on the land could not go unnoticed. We were warmly welcomed and given guidelines to help us have a healthy stay at the site. We then headed for the site during which we admired and loved the beautiful scenery of the area. The field work was a great experience and at the same time a bit tiring but us being a strong team with a foundation built on Jesus we managed to complete the work successfully and in time, we give God all the glory and praise.

Watch a virtual tour of Amazima

Our lunch was provided by Amazima and I must say it was so awesome, may God double their provision. People even went for double (taking more than one plate of food) like in those schools days because the food was really nice. After lunch, one of the amazima’s representatives presented to us about the background, mission and vision for amazima which surely challenged some of us on how we could make Christ known in whatever we do and how to live out his love in order to transform lives for his glory. On the return journey, people could not bear the fatigue but rather they slept and when some of us were caught sleeping in the car by Jaja Patrick we defended ourselves saying that we were praying.

 

 

 

 

 

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eMi Survey Practicum 2017

2 Cor. 1:24
 We’re partners, working alongside you, joyfully expectant.

Year 6!  God has gifted and engaged many of us through this program: the students participating in the training; the opportunities for volunteers to share their hearts and skills; our partner ministries; and the generous sponsors who are helping empower Ugandan surveyors to be a force for change in their profession, communities and country.  We thank you all for working alongside us here and back home, as we “joyfully expect” God to move here in Uganda.

Achan Salome

 

 

I struggled with wondering how my profession would make this world a better place considering the lack of integrity and new standards set by the world but with the survey practicum I see myself being the change I want to see. And that involves playing my part in the body of the church in relation to my skills and other talents to help those who need it and changing the ideologies of corruption and the continuous land issues one at a time.

 

 

Esaite Brenda

 

 

 

I have always had a dream of opening up a survey company that will help in various activities including sensitization of the people about issues concerning land and free trainings in land management and land law skills to the community at large because this will help reduce the land wrangles and disputes   we shall share more about the Christian life of the people and  I will let them know that in order to achieve anything in life and be successful you have to put GOD first in everything and always trust in him.

 

Kifamba Silver

 

 

 

I will be able to extend professional knowledge especially to the underprivileged people inform of sensitizing them about the rights on land, showing them the various steps they can take to solve issues for example land disputes in a non violent manner so enmity is not created as God wants us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves.

 

 

Mumbere Stephen

 

 

 

 

 

With skills, knowledge and spiritual guidance from EMI I believe I can make a difference in the lives of others by reaching out and help the people who are in need. This is through volunteering and having respect for others.

 

Francis Lupai

 

With the knowledge I am going to attain from Engineering Ministries International (EMI) survey practicum 2017 coupled with my growing spiritual life, I believe that I can transform the people who are helpless and requires support. I am a Sudanese refuge, we must be knowing that of recent northern Uganda especially west-Nile region (BIDI-BIDI) accommodates the highest population of refugees in the world especially from South Sudan and among them are people who do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and savior so as a chosen one of God, I will take the initiative with my practical, technical skills and my spiritual life to preach the gospel of Christ to such people as we glorify God.

 

 

John Paul Mansanga

 

 

 

 

I would like to start up “MASANGA FOUNDATION” to help the needy in this world, I would like to build God one of the Greatest building (Church) in the World but recall Jesus is the foundation of the Church. Make a surveying firm with honesty workers in the world

Naturinda Evet

 

 

 

Being a person who believes in God and is passionate about integrity, I will do my bests according to my capacity to ensure honest during survey work and through this will also be an example to other survey firms and surveyors.  Through doing this I hope to better my country especially in the land rights department and also bring glory to God.

 

 

Timothy Egwelu

 

 

I once queried myself in thought – How do I live a more meaningful life?  I found out to live a meaningful live desires walking in the light (1 John 1:5-7) and giving more than you receive.  I look forward to exploring my full design potential whilst at eMi. Engineering Surveying is the mindset God instilled in us to complete his beautiful work.

 

 

Kaweesi Livingstone

 

 

I am an interpreter and have worked in medical, educational, Church and Marriage settings within the deaf communities of Uganda.  Not only have I acquired some survey knowledge, but I have learned how to worship God not only in our homes, but also in our places of work.  I will continue to do the same by sharing the word of God in all my places of work especially within the deaf community.

 

 

Busulwa Leonard

 

 

 

I believe this training is going to perfect my skills in surveying from which i will honestly and with integrity deliver services to society, try to resolve conflict related to land surveying and as well as support all upcoming surveyors in all ways possible but mostly in a spiritual manner for with God everything is possible.

 

 

Patrick and Joan

 

Patrick – We’re excited to return to Uganda coordinating EMI’s Survey Practicum; building capacity and integrity in Ugandan Geomatics engineering students.  We are confident that God has gifted and placed us with this opportunity to serve Him, as He has provided us with the hearts, skills, and support required for us to travel, serve, and live abroad for these past 5 summers.  Our hope is to mentor a Ugandan to take over our leadership role and continue this most worthwhile program. Joan – I believe that God is using my heart and my passion for relationships both here in Uganda and back home to grow and strengthen connections within the Body of Christ.  How wonderful to feel such a sense of belonging in two so very different cultures because of our faith.

Jaimee and Paul Sekanjako

 

I am excited to be involved with the 2017 practicum and I expect to learn just as much as the students as my background is not in surveying. I met my Ugandan husband Paul in 2011 and we were married in February of this year through a story that only God could have written. Many people prayed for, encouraged and provided us with guidance through our relationship. We both desire to use our skills and our careers to serve God and are excited at the ways EMI allows us to do this.

 

Mark Kaems

 

 

 

 

 

I plan to use this training and my skills to reach non-Christians by teaching them life changing skills.  I hope that through internships in my workplace, non-Christians will see teachings of the Bible being applied to real life and be curious to learn about Jesus

 

 

Our Intern Tumwebaze Annest

 

 

 

  • Looking forward to extending much service to whichever community I will interface with by reaching out to the people of all classes. Just like eMi does, I believe I can do the same God willing.

 

Roy Farley

 

I’m looking forward to returning to the Survey Practicum this year.  I’ve always felt that Christians should be the best at whatever they do because Paul said that whatever you put your hand to, to do it with all your might.  We, as Christians, should be known as the best in the business as a witness to the unbelievers and believers alike.  So, I’m hoping that I can help to train and assist the students in this practicum to become the best they can be so they can live productive lives.  Let’s all pray that God is glorified and we are all uplifted in this training exercise

Our time here in pictures

Our new slogan:  Integrity in surveying…going to sleep at night knowing you’re right; not hoping you’re right.

Psalm 25:21  May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.

The rubber hits the road.  Our students couple their Geomatics Engineering theory with all of the practical survey and CAD skills taught over the past 5 weeks, to acquire field data and provide a Topographic Plan. We served a ministry partner that was started in response to rescue child soldiers from the Lord’s Resistance Army.  They now have 288 children in family like cluster homes.  Ontino Waa translated means “Our Children”,  See http://www.otinowaa.org/  They’re doing great things to improve quality of life for Ugandans in this part of the country – mainly through provision of loving homes and a higher standard education with Christian focus.  This endeavor will help EMI guide Otino Waa as they further develop infrastructure on their site.

We have been blessed as we blessed the teachers and students of Otino Waa.  Our survey students commented on how the children have spoken into their lives.  These kids have learned how to love their house mothers, brothers and sisters as their own, how to forgive those who have harmed them and their families during the war, and to move forward in the assurance and hope of better things to come.

With less than 2 weeks left, please pray for endurance of the trainers, health for everyone, that that God would continue to bless our students as we mentor them.

 

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