Women of Guda

So we went to a community in Entebbe called Guda. It is a landing site. Most of the women there do business such as shops, frying snacks and fish, cooking food, fetching firewood and washing clothes. Since it is a landing site you cant leave without seeing fish or its inside somewhere. It is a given. So as a Missional Community we went and talked to the authorities to allow us access the women. They organized for us and we met the women and asked them what we could do together. You could see they needed some skills to increase their income streams. So we zeroed down on soap making, tailoring and shoe making. We organized our selves, set a date and went with a skilled soap maker who taught them how to make soap. We want to skill them, teach them how to save and teach them to work together because “If you want to go fast go alone if you want to go far go together” Larsson.

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty Proverbs 14.23

But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth Deuteronomy 8.18.

We want them to see God in their community who has always been there but probably skipped their eyes.

You are welcome to join us on this journey.

In the community

In the community

Before doing any thing in the community, it is wise to ask them what they need. One time a sociologist told me a funny story of community Consultation. They went and asked the women in the community what they wanted and the women said that they wanted a prison constructed in their village because their sons and husbands were always arrested in the prison in the next village and so it was costly and needed lots of time to visit them and take for them some food.

Another incidence these guys who wanted to do community transformation went to the area and saw that the women walked a very long distance to fetch water for home use so without consultation they constructed a bore hole. The women hated them for their endeavor because this is the only time they got to leave home and gossip. I don’t remember the ending but I think they destroyed the borehole by not taking very good care of it.

But how can you make lots of money for yourself and not do something in the community.

The bible says in John 12:18 You will always have the poor among you. This is not permit-ion to be broke, I reckon Jesus was actually advocating generosity and action to eradicate poverty, rather than hands-up-in-the-air, shoulder-shrugging apathy.

You think it needs lots of money no. It is an issue of the heart.

Care

God wants you to partner with Him. Some people think He wants to use you. He would not use you with out supporting you. He needed Mary’s body to give birth to Jesus but He was not just going to use her and let her hustle. He sent three wise men with gifts worth a fortune.

Working on assumptions and projections, we can estimate that the current purchasing power of the wise men’s gifts to the baby Jesus would be somewhere over US$120 million. http://www.scmp.com (2007)

Old Games

I remember some of the games in the yester years.

Girls used to play kwepena (dodge ball). Some girls used to fold their dresses on their panties to make some kind of short.

Then there was that one where two girls tied a rope around their legs and another kept jumping in the middle as they raised the height.

The girls also used to tap their fingers while singing.

Then the boys used to drive old car tyres using two sticks with water inside.

We also had wire cars. Mine had a bulb connected to a battery for lighting at night.

During school we had physical education but we had no sports wear. The boys would remove their shirts and the girls their dresses. It was fine then. Now no. It was also uncool for the older girls who were abit different. We would then make a circle and play a cat chasing a mouse.

We also enjoyed hide and seek. One time I got a good hiding spot and as I waited to be found I slept off.

Currently we have so many games. Just recently I landed on one where a rope is tied around the head of someone and you have to play fast lest they die. What did I learn. Do your work fast.

The price

One time a friend referred me to his boss who wanted a book cover.  He called me and asked me to meet him at faze 2. So I jumped on a Jaj and headed there. As soon as I arrived he told me to order a bite and a soda. Then we discussed the book cover as I washed the sumbiz down my throat with a cold coke. After he asked me how much I wanted for the work. That is when it hit me that what I had just enjoyed was close to 20k and on the street we used to charge 20k for book covers. I thought maybe I should charge him 50k. That was way above my financial thermostat. He saw my indecisiveness and he told me you know what you will send me a qoutation I have sent you some ka transport of 100k on your phone. I needed to leave immediately because my thermostat was broken. I talked about pricing in my book Out of Bounds. Get your self a copy.

Arguments

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There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side every day, and begged from the people who passed. They had often heard of elephants, but they had never seen one; for, being blind, how could they?

It so happened one morning that an elephant was driven down the road where they stood. When they were told that the great beast was before them, they asked the driver to let him stop so that they might see him.

Of course they could not see him with their eyes; but they thought that by touching him they could learn just what kind of animal he was.

The first one happened to put his hand on the elephant’s side. “Well, well!” he said, “now I know all about this beast. He is exactly like a wall.”

The second felt only of the elephant’s tusk. “My brother,” he said, “you are mistaken. He is not at all like a wall. He is round and smooth and sharp. He is more like a spear than anything else.”

The third happened to take hold of the elephant’s trunk. “Both of you are wrong,” he said. “Anybody who knows anything can see that this elephant is like a snake.”

The fourth reached out his arms, and grasped one of the elephant’s legs. “Oh, how blind you are!” he said. “It is very plain to me that he is round and tall like a tree.”

The fifth was a very tall man, and he chanced to take hold of the elephant’s ear. “The blindest man ought to know that this beast is not like any of the things that you name,” he said. “He is exactly like a huge fan.”

The sixth was very blind indeed, and it was some time before he could find the elephant at all. At last he seized the animal’s tail. “O foolish fellows!” he cried. “You surely have lost your senses. This elephant is not like a wall, or a spear, or a snake, or a tree; neither is he like a fan. But any man with a par-ti-cle of sense can see that he is exactly like a rope.”

Then the elephant moved on, and the six blind men sat by the roadside all day, and argued. Each believed that he knew just how the animal looked; and each called the others hard names because they did not agree with him.

May be during arguments every one is right in their view of the matter.

May be if you could step aside and listen. May be we would have less arguments.

The Butterfly

Three caterpillars used to live in tree. They would wake up and enjoy the tree branch by branch and talk of how delicious the leaves were. Then one decided it wanted to grow wings and fly away. The other two told it how it would miss their company, how it would miss the tasty leaves, how wind would blow it, how the unknown world is dangerous. All sorts of stories but it still grew wings and flew away. It saw a very different world and it said what have I been doing?

Name calling

I once had a friend whose mother had a careless mouth. When ever he did wrong she would shout at him. You goat! You have an insect in your head! Sometimes she would call him a pig. One time I bumped into him and he smelt somewhere between a goat and a pig.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18.21.
Keep calling things what you want them to be and arrive there in your imagination before you actually arrive.

Advertise Like Crazy

The Guinness and Heineken adverts during soccer time are so appealing. They just make you feel like ordering one for yourself. One time I was so far away from home, in a hotel where I could not stumble anyone since I was a stranger. The waiter came for my order and I told her “a cold Guinness please” She brought it and opened it. I was just waiting for her to walk away and I wash it down my throat and feel the greatness talked about in the advert. My God I felt like spitting it out but swallowed it for courtesy sake. No wonder people who take those drinks and their sisters keep making faces. Why do they torture themselves? No hard feelings. I don’t booze.

Anyhow that was the power of advertising. Pr. Moses Mukisa says advertise like crazy. Let everyone know what you do and keep reminding them. Some one told me that Coca Cola sees every drink as a competitor. Be it porridge, water or beer. That is why they advertise like their all life depends on it.

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