Rusty, Katy and ARU student Anna.
Rusty, Katy and ARU student Anna.

It is late Monday night as I write this in Uganda. We are at the Entebbe International Airport waiting for our return flight back home. It has been a fast paced and very productive four days.

Today we woke up at Africa Renewal University (ARU). After breakfast we met with the management team for ARU for their weekly staff meeting. The team is made up of James (Dean of Students), Fiona (Human Resources and Finance), Vincent (Registrar) and Dennis (Quality Control and Standards). Their last names are rather complicated so I’ll just use their first names which is not uncommon. We learned that ARU receives its accreditation from the National Council for Higher Education.

Currently they have just over 200 students for the current semester. Like universities in the Untied States, this time of the year they have a smaller enrollment. By fall they anticipate as many as 350 students, which by Uganda standards is really encouraging for a new university. To learn more about ARU and their vision watch this video.

We left ARU and drove back to Kampala to visit Bethany Village. Going to Bethany has become a tradition that most of our teams do each time one goes to Uganda. Bethany Village is part of Africa Renewal Ministry and is the home of as many as 100 children who are in foster care. It is a 80% self sustaining community that operates 10 homes with house mothers. I was especially interested to see their new talapia ponds that were installed since the last time I was there.

There are a lot of great things happening with our partners in Uganda. Over the next few months we will be planning trips for 2016 and communicating more information about the progress with the medical clinic, ARU, the University Chapel and our child sponsorships through Africa Renewal Minstry.