Ugandan Missions

The “Chicken Project” & a Birthday - January 28, 2019

By God’s Grace and Mercy, life on Bukasa Island, Uganda has been quite busy.  January 12 Father Christopher celebrated his 71st birthday!  May God grant you many more blessed years!   Like us all, despite struggles and periodic illnesses, both Father Christopher and Matushka remain in good health “I am tired,” he said “I am so […]

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My time on Bukasa Island visiting Annunciation Orthodox Church in the Pearl of Africa (Uganda) - July 30, 2018

By Paul Neustrom When I first arrived on Bukasa Island, I was overwhelmed with the sight of one of the most beautiful Orthodox churches that I have seen built in a very traditional Russian/Byzantine style. This is located in a very picturesque setting.  The island of Bukasa is one of the further most of the […]

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The struggle is real every day - May 27, 2018

Time to go to the market.  I need eggs and fruit. How many times do you say that in any given week?  How long does it take you to get to one?  Islanders who live on the Great Lake, Victoria, in Uganda must take a harrowing 6-hour boat ride to the mainland to do so. […]

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From Darkness to Light – One Stone at a Time - March 18, 2018

The parishioners at Annunciation Orthodox Church on Bukasa Island, in Uganda are blessed to have Father Christopher Walusimbi and Matushka to care, nurture and teach the Orthodox Faith to them.  They are deeply grateful, yet due to widespread poverty are unable to provide any kind of income to them.  During our Executive Director’s visit to […]

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Happy Birthday Father Christopher! - January 24, 2018

January 12, 2018 was a very special day.  Nsobya Basil Walusimbi and his family decided to celebrate their father, Reverend Father Christopher Walusimbi’s 70th birthday with a surprise party. Basil said, “This was the first of its kind in his life…and he felt overwhelmed.” Surrounded by friends and family, Father Christopher received everyone with his, […]

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Holy Ground of Orthodox Africa - December 10, 2017

How difficult is it to be a missionary? Can you imagine how hard it is for one man, Father Christopher Walusimbi, to have labored for 34 years to build his Temple to the Annunciation? Alone, cold, hot, tired, hungry—often what we would consider a strict fast is what Orthodox Christians in Africa ordinarily would call […]

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“…if You are real, then not much else matters.” - October 8, 2017

This last line of a poem written by a non-believing young man over 50 years ago is the leaping off point of the book Tears on the Equator: Muzungu.  Written by Gerasimos Kambites, this book chronicles this Greek-Canadian man through his life and eventual time on Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria, Uganda and the establishment of […]

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On Helping a Mission - September 3, 2017

People ask, “how can we help Father Christopher on Bukasa Island?” The easy answer is to send money so that the great work he started can be completed. But that is not the only way. Do you have skills in building? Carpentry? Icon painting? Anything which can be used to finish the external work of […]

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Back in the Boat on Bukasa Island - August 4, 2017

Fr. Christopher Walusimbi, Rector of Annunciation Orthodox Church operates a boating transportation service from Bukasa Island, Lake Victoria to the mainland city of Kampala.  This service is a main source of income and provides some economic stability for his family and mission.  For the last several months, the boat engine has been inoperable.  Repairing it […]

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A dream – a working life - July 23, 2017

What began as a dream to build a school, clinic, and church on Lake Victoria’s Bukasa Island, has turned into a lifetime of hard work for Father Christopher Walusimbi, the builder of the stone Annunciation Orthodox Church. “My brother,” he told me, three years ago at my youngest daughter’s wedding, “ you have put me […]

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