2018 Johannesburg Wellness Testing Project


BOHI Board Challenge

As BOHI's governing board we have been continually encouraging our team leaders to come up with innovative ways of generating their own sources of income to supplement what they are receiving from BOHI. Welcome Ndlovu, our Johannesburg team leader, is one of our most innovative, efficient,  and successful leaders. Welcome and some colleagues have been involved in part-time work doing wellness testing to supplement their income. All of our team members are volunteers and all funds that they receive from us go strictly towards the expenses of running the program and that does not include salaries.

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Jinja Baptist Seminary

Jinja Baptist Seminary Visit – June 10, 2018

Our friends and Ministry collaborators Mike and Cindy are coming to Africa for four to five months.  Mike's first assignment is going to be teaching at the Jinja Baptist Seminary for a few months.  On June 10 I visited the Seminary and spoke to Principal Anthony S and another volunteer Professor, Jim C.  It was a very picturesque, secure, and well-kept property.  There are three on property apartments for visiting professors. There are two duplexes for accommodation for four local professor’s families. They can accommodate about 100-120 students in rooms with double bunk beds with eight people in a room.  Enjoy the pictures below.

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Wrapup and Award Ceremony

Wrap-up, Program Evaluation, and Award Ceremony

On Saturday June 16, my final full day in Iganga we had the Wrap-up and award ceremony.  It was held at the Buckley High School that is really a primary school.  This was the first school that we taught after my arrival, but Moses and the team had trained another two schools the week before I arrived. 

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Smart Choices Evaluation

2017 Evaluation

Friday June 15 was declared an impromptu public holiday because it was new moon and the Muslims need to have a day of fasting and prayer.  Fortunately, Moses had prearranged with one of the schools that was taught Smart Choices in 2017 to have sample contingent show up at school for us to do a follow-up evaluation.

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Uganda Week Two

Second Week June 11-16

Completion of the Idudi Parents School Program

At the beginning of the week we completed the program at Idudi Parents Primary School.  This is the school that I showed last week with no window or door frames and huge step up to the classroom floor from the playground.  I have learned that this is private school, and such does not receive any government funding.  So, teacher's salaries, school upkeep, feeding, security, and all other costs are paid by the student’s parents.  In a society where an entry level teacher earns $104 and Head Teacher (Principal) earns about $170, you can only imagine the type of incomes the parents have. The Great thing is that Director at this school is a great guy the teachers are extremely dedicated and love and care for the children as best they can.  The students at this school and in most of the schools, were very well disciplined and I was pleasantly surprised at their English ability. All instruction is given in English.


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Impact Ministries Mbale

Mbale weekend trip.  Impact Ministries and Faith Radio

Pastor Moses Lyagoba, our Uganda Smart Choices Associate made the following Whats App posts after our world wind trip from Iganga to Mbale last weekend June 10-11.

God is opening new expansion of His evangelical replication of the smart choices to Mbale. Since yesterday and today we explored a lot of ventures to penetrate Mbale and we hope that we are gonna roll this Ministry to Mbale thru Faith Radio as a channel of our operation.

We were so humbled to have this visit to Bishop Patrick Okabe who has done an incredible job and his compassionate work has touched lives in Uganda.



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Meeting Bishop Wakula

Central Busoga Diocese Of the Anglican Church of Uganda

We had a meeting with the Lord Bishop of Central Busoga Diocese (CBD) the Rt. Rev. Patrick Wakula and his Missions / Youth Management team.  There were about ten people in the team. Everyone introduced themselves and described the role on the management team.  The Bishop only arrived at the tail end of the meeting because of other commitments. The Secretary to the Bishop seems to be the chairman of the management team and spoke very glowingly about the Smart Choices program and about pastor Moses Lyagoba, our Smart Choices team leader.  The CBD oversees 276 Christian schools within geographic confines of the diocese.  These are the schools that Moses has been targeting for the past three or four years. 



Photo-op on the stairs of the new Diocese Administration Building.


The Bishop's Inauguration Day


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Smart Choices Day 3 - 5

Wednesday – Friday June 6 - 8

In the morning we had a meeting planned with the Education Department, but they had to cancel due to an Education Ministry meeting that they were summoned to.  In the afternoon we started a new Smart Choices program at St Lawrence Secondary school.  We did two more sessions on Thursday and then finished the program today.  This school was a real challenge the Students were undisciplined and unruly and aggravated by a class size of about 250 with the kids packed in with five on a bench designed for two.  It is wonderful to here about how God always redeems those kinds of situations.   As we were bemoaning the situation as we were packing the equipment into the car. The coordinating teacher came up to us to hand us the school questionnaire form that she had just completed.  The comments on the form were very complementary about the program and she said that several of the girls from the class had come to speak to her, realizing that they had made bad choices and asking her for advice on how to get out their bad situation.

On Thursday morning we started a new program at a primary school, Idudi Parents Primary.  I think that some of these kids were really to young to hear some of the content in the course.  One of the requests we have had from Uganda as we revise and update the content of the Smart Choices, is that come up with a presentation that is suitable for the younger kids.  The conditions at this school where really dire.  Dirt floors, no window or door frames and in some instances the classroom floor level is about 2ft of the round and no steps.  You will see from the pictures.  The crazy think about poverty that always gives me something to smile about, is the kids in the worst possible situations are the most cheerful and full of life.  It is as if they don’t have a care in the world.  We will go back and finish up lessons 3-6 at this school next Monday and Tuesday.

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Smart Choices Day 1 and 2

Monday June 4

On Monday we had a 9:00am start for a three-hour Smart Choices session at the Buckley High School, which is not a High School at all.  The kids were aged 10-13.  There was a contingent of about 8 hearing impaired kids that were ably assisted by one of the teachers who signed for them.  I haven’t seen an official count of how many students were there, but I guess it was about 250.  During our presentation we had a torrential downpour accompanied by fierce lightning and thunder which took out the electricity.  I love African thunder storms. This school had mostly girls but there were also a handful of boys.

In the afternoon we went to an all-girls school St Francis. This was a school founded by the Catholic church.  There are about 240 students in the school and all of them attended the class.  We had three hours to teach at each of these schools, so we finished about half of the program.

Tuesday June 5

We went back to St Francis in the morning and Buckley in the afternoon and completed both programs.  Also had another torrential downpour late morning, this time without the thunder and lightning. 

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Trip 2018 Sunday

Sunday Church Busoga Anglican Church

On Sunday morning I woke the familiar mournful cry of the hadada birds as they set out on their trip to their feeding grounds for the day.  On Sunday we attend part of the Luganda language church service at the Anglican Church Busoga village, then stayed for the lighter attended English service which was more of a youth service.  Busoga is the newest Archdiocese that just appointed a Bishop about eighteen months ago.  After the services, I treated Moses and Doreen to lunch at the Mum Resort where I am staying.  I then spent the afternoon getting caught up on some much-needed sleep.  I have never seen such a concentration of Schools and Churches as are in the area of the Archdiocese of Busoga.  A lot of the schools where started by the churches, Mostly Catholic and Anglican (also called the Church of Uganda.) 

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