Daily Archives: December 2, 2007

Nathan and Allice

Nathan became a village chief in Uganda in 1961.In 1971, when Idi Amin (a Muslim) took power, many village chiefs who were not Muslim were harassed. As a nominal Anglican Nathan often had to go into hiding in the forest. In 1973 he received word from a friend that he was to be arrested on the coming Friday and put before a firing squad the following Tuesday, so he fled to Kenya. He remained in Kenya until 1979 when the Tanzanians ran Idi Amin out of the country.

When he returned, he found things had not gone well for his family. In 1982, his wife died giving birth to their 15th child. The next four years were difficult years for him—caring for his children without a wife.
Nathan met Gary Hipp in the mid-80s, and Gary began to disciple him. As a chief, it was hard for Nathan to change, but Gary did not give up on him. After two years, Nathan finally accepted what Gary was teaching him, and he became a follower of Jesus. Gary and his family were part of the group that went with him to acquire a new wife, Alice.
Nathan married Alice in 1986/7?, and they have two children: Mary (17) and Ema (12?). She wanted some children of her own. Mary and Ema are the only two children still living with them. Some of Nathan’s children still live in the village where he originally came from. Others have made homes for themselves in Mbale or other villages. He does have one son who lives on an adjoining farm and who has also implemented the 14 points (see below).
Nathan is a community development facilitator with M:MM and a priest at an Anglican village church.
Nathan’s home, family, and small farm serve as a model to villagers. He showed us around his compound and all the innovations he has implemented as a result of the things he’s learned through M:MM.
The 14 Points he has implemented and helps others implement:

• A house with windows for light and ventilation

• Yard and grounds clean from garbage and trash

• A vegetable garden

• Plant trees for firewood and fruit trees

• Have a safe water source

• Kitchen with efficient ovens that conserve cooking wood
• Dish rack and storage
• Food storage room
• Clothes line for drying clothes
• Latrine with a cover, sprinkling ashes
• Dedicated shower area
• Rubbish pit for composting plant and animal waste
• Natural fence made of bushes
• Develop income generating activities

Nathan has tapped into the water main and pays a monthly fee for its use. He sells the water to his neighbors for 50 shillings (about 3 cents ) a jerrycan (about 5 gallons). This generates some income for Nathan and covers the cost of his monthly charge.
Nathan grows matoki (a type of banana), pineapple, egg plant, beans, potatoes, etc.
Now Nathan is testing a new strain of matoki that is resistant to a mold that has killed many matoki plants in Uganda. After he harvests, he plans to share his plants with others.


Back Home

I’m back home from my trip now. It took me longer than usual to recover from the jet lag. I have no idea why. Maybe just more tired than on the past. But all is well and I thank God for that. It seems as though everything at home and work went pretty well while I was gone. I want to thank everyone that worked really hard to make it possible for me to be gone.

I’m going to put a few stories that we gathered while I was in Uganda. I went out to the village one day with Brad and Deb Mashburn and we heard these stories as we visited a few different homes. Because it was just the 3 of us along with Nathan we were able to spend a little more time at each place and hear their stories, that was really nice. Deb did a great job making notes of the facts so that these stories could be written correctly and I got to take pictures.