This week, I’m inspired by Kerry Randall. She was here last August for a few weeks and has just returned with a friend. Her love of Uganda makes me happy (and validates my own feelings). I visited her yesterday in the village, where she’s volunteering at a small primary school/residential home in the area of Nakifuma, Mukono.
One of her most favourite things about being in Uganda is the religious aspect. Admittedly, she (and I) are both cultural Christians – you know, those that celebrate Christmas and Easter, but don’t otherwise practice any religious rites. So, we’re not here singing, dancing and speaking in tongues. Or, god forbid, trying to bring Christ to the starving brown babies. Basically, her words were in the neigbourhood of “the way religion is practiced here is the way it should be”. Meaning simply – pray, worship, love god, do whatever, and let everyone else do the same. No matter the god, good book, or building, we’re all equal and supportive. Even the few Ugandans I’ve met who decide to abstain from religion all together – never shout about, put down, or belittle those who pray.
I have to agree with Kerry. One of the first things you notice upon living in Uganda, while engaging Ugandans, is that Ugandans have God. Ugandans also wish you to have God. We all need God. Done. If you don’t have God, yourself, it’s because you haven’t yet found the right church. I’d say almost any Ugandan is up for the challenge of helping you sort that out (with a pressure so light it could never be offensive).
Ugandans are also happy to experiment themselves. I know a few who have tried out Islam and Judaism. Why not spend a Saturday with the SDAs? Check out what the Savedees are up to this week, by attending an all night prayer vigil? During this past Ramadan, on the last day before Idd, all the employees at Barclay’s Bank, Mukono, came to work in hijab and fasted. They were supporting their one and only Muslim colleague. Rad, eh?
It’s all about community, sharing ideas, and supporting one another. Sound nice? It is. Don’t believe me? Volunteering is a great way to come see for yourself! Our website? www.volunteertherealuganda.com. Check it out and apply today! We’re gloriously non-denominational and non-judgemental.
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