Out of Comfort Zones and into Grace: Apprenticeship in Uganda

Out of Comfort Zones and into Grace: Apprenticeship in Uganda

Before beginning her current role as Intern and Apprentice Coordinator for the Serge team in Bundibugyo, Uganda, Ann Kieser spent ten years working in outdoor education, helping, teaching, and pushing people out of their comfort zones through rock climbing or high ropes courses. Now, five years into her missionary service and half a world away, […]

By Andrew "Smith" on March 31, 2017

The God of “Goodness” and the Fruit of the Spirit

The God of “Goodness” and the Fruit of the Spirit

I think I heard Ronnie before I actually saw him. He was hard to miss, tall for a Costa Rican, but with huge, powerful arms and a large core, from which emanated his tremendous belly laugh. The belly laugh is what I heard first. He picked us up from the airport in San José, where […]

By Mark Berry on March 28, 2017

Little Miss Sunshine and the End of the Kenya Doctors Strike

Little Miss Sunshine and the End of the Kenya Doctors Strike

After 100 days, the strike has been “called off.” That doesn’t mean everyone has reported back to their posts, it only means that a verbal truce has been called to placate those in front of cameras frustrated and tired with the situation. Waiting for our interns to return, I have spent some time reflecting on […]

By Jason Brotherton and Ree'l Street on March 22, 2017

Jesus’ Peculiar Friendships and The Power of Relationships

Jesus’ Peculiar Friendships and The Power of Relationships

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – living in this culture away from what’s familiar to me has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. I will never fully understand why things happen the way they do here in Bundibugyo, but rest assured Jesus knows the ins and outs […]

By Katherine Thomas on March 21, 2017

Teachers Are Learners: Multiplying Your Education in Africa and Beyond

Teachers Are Learners: Multiplying Your Education in Africa and Beyond

I remember sitting in a hot cement office during my “preview trip” to Burundi, a single fan sat next to me doing what it could to stir up the air whenever the power was on. I was in the capital, Bujumbura, at Hope Africa University (HAU) talking about a potential role in their business department. […]

By George Watts on March 15, 2017

Faithfulness: Rose Marie, Me, and the Fruit of the Spirit

Faithfulness: Rose Marie, Me, and the Fruit of the Spirit

Take a moment and think about one of your best friends. What makes that person such a good friend to you? Is it that they love all the same things that you love? Maybe it’s that you are in a similar life stage and you are trying to figure it all out together. I wonder […]

By Lindsay Hall on March 10, 2017

Peace…in the Midst of Ongoing Political Violence?

Peace…in the Midst of Ongoing Political Violence?

Dr. Randy Bond serves with Serge as the Dean of the School of Medicine at Hope Africa University in Burundi, Central Africa. His wife Carolyn serves by teaching English as a second language to students. We spoke to Randy recently to talk about “peace” as a fruit of the spirit, and what it looks like […]

By Serge on March 07, 2017

Kindness: When Saying No Is a Fruit of the Spirit

Kindness: When Saying No Is a Fruit of the Spirit

It happened on Skype, like many weighty conversations between international missionaries in which a multi-year decision can hang in the balance. We were discussing our future plans. My pregnant wife, our toddler son, and I had just embarked on an extended trip in Europe – in part, for my current role with Serge, and in […]

By R.J. March on March 02, 2017