Surge Soccer in the Stadium

Yesterday, we enjoyed a “friendly” match between the Surge Soccer team and the Burundian Friends of Jesus team (a second tier team in the Burundian league). Surge is a soccer ministry that brings players from the U.S. to play against local teams and share...

Medical Mission to Muramvya

Last month, I (Joel) joined 9 Americans, 3 Burundian doctors, 1 English medical student, and a bunch of Burundian translators and helpers for a 5 day medical mission in the Muramvya District of Burundi. The campaign was organized on the U.S. side by PMI, a charitable...

Remembering a Visionary Leader

On Wednesday, the Hope Africa University family paused to remember its first Rector. Bishop Dr. Elie Buconyori was one of the originators of the idea of a Christian University in central Africa that would train Africans to “face African realities”....

Video Tour of HAU Medical 2014

We hope you enjoy this 5 minute video which highlights some of the people and services offered in the two Hope Africa University clinical sites: Clinic Van Norman and Kibuye Hope Hospital. Janette spent quite a few hours putting this together and persevered through...

Official Recognition and Diplomas on the Way

After months of discussions, inspections and negotiations, the Burundian Ministry of Higher Education has finally approved the HAU medical education program. Various doctors, administrators and government officials have been involved in this process. It is a testimony...

Les Chutes

Some of you may have read my blues confession last week.  I appreciated reading your responses.  Sometimes what we need is a re-newed perspective.  That came in the form of a therapeutic trip upcountry for our  family.  It will be shared with you in parts (since we...

Confessions of a Blue Missionary

A personal update has been missing from this site for too long.  I have been waiting for the right feeling.  You know, the God is amazing, life is amazing, I am amazing feeling.  Well, it’s not happening.  Pretty much since we returned in August,  I have felt...

Praying With And For The Other

In 1995, Burundi was at war. In that context, the International Bible Society (IBS) published a tract in Burundi that asked a challenging question: Where have God’s People Gone? The large majority of Burundians claim to be Christians. This is true regardless of...

Life on my farm. (A post by Hannah)

Hi this is Hannah, Guess what, my guinea pig, Twix, just had a baby! Half of him is dark brown and black like his dad, Speedy Gonzales and the other half light brown and caramel like his mother, Twix. I am so happy! I named him Zeus, after the greek god. Zeus (the...

Making Space in My Mind

The Annual Ritual With the new year upon us, there is a tendency to want to add a healthy habit or subtract an unhealthy one. The options run from the secular (I will exercise more, I will eat more vegetables, I will stop checking my iPhone so often) to the spiritual...