Oh Uganda, may God uphold thee
two lives, two voices, one ugandan, one british, both christian, both educators and with a friendship across cultures, time and distance, this is their story from uganda's troubled west nile region, trying to serve God and uganda under idi amin, obote and museveni, facing violence and misunderstanding and learning to forgive and to triumph over adversity; a joint memoire to mark uganda's 50th year More
Winston Churchill called Uganda 'the pearl of Africa', yet much of the first fifty years of this Nation's history has been tragic and violent. This positive story of triumph over adversity and of friendship across cultures, time and distance is also the story of Uganda's Church and schools since 1962.
John Haden and John Ondoma have lived, worked and sought to serve God in Uganda's remote West Nile district. Ondoma was born there and has lived all his life there. Haden, through links with the Africa Inland Mission, went to West Nile as a teacher. For a time, they were both 'loyal servants' of the infamous President Idi Amin. They both found wives who share their Christian faith and when the Hadens came back to England, Uganda was not forgotten. Both Johns became Principals and encouraged their students to share in exchanges and practical projects. They have both faced misunderstanding and violence. When Ondoma had to leave his Principal's post, he found a new role with the Wycliffe team in Arua and then started the Ushindi Schools, Arua, providing a high quality education within a specifically Christian ethos in this most remote corner of Uganda. This book is published to support the Ushindi Schools.