Meet Joseph Kazidi

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 19, 2021

Joseph Kazidi came to the school at Talawanda with quite a back story. He had spent his life and career working as a soldier. While he was serving as an armed security guard at a bank, that bank was robbed. The robbers cut him down with machine gunfire. He took several bullets, one destroyed his…

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Back In The Saddle

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 12, 2021

November was an exciting month for me. It wasn’t because of the election, but because I got to go back to Africa! Gregg and I were able to travel to the Talawanda School of Preaching during a window of time when the travel restrictions for Tanzania were almost nonexistent. Our flights were mostly empty, which…

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Worker Spotlight: Kyamuhangawa Jalesi

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 27, 2020

Kyamuhangawa Jalesi is a native of Uganda. He is one of our farmworkers at the Rwenzori School of Preaching in Kasese. He works hard on the farm. In addition to his normal farm duties, he has been tasked with teaching the students about farming and overseeing their work on the farm. I am always impressed…

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School Report: Talawanda School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 20, 2020

Classes are once again in full swing at Talawanda, and the students are doing fine. We are in the second academic quarter of the second year for this first group of students. Gregg and I will be at the school in November, and will both be teaching a course in Bible doctrine as well as…

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School Report: Modelle School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 13, 2020

Classes continue as normal at Modelle. The students and faculty are paying careful attention to hygiene and health practices. The farm has yielded a nice harvest of Coco Yams, vegetables, and Casava We are working on planting a crop of both sweet and Irish potatoes. The combination of COVID-19 and the continued fighting in Cameroon…

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School Update: Rwenzori School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 6, 2020

During the month of October, we were able to receive a concession from the local government, and as of October 26, the school at Rwenzori is once again open and holding classes! Of the fifteen students, thirteen have returned. One of the students had a substantial change in his situation during the lockdown and will…

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Upcoming Dates

By Justin Hopkins | Nov 4, 2020

Gregg and I are excited to be able to finally return to the mission field in person. We are not exactly sure how travel will be changed as a result of COVID, so we are approaching our first trip back to Africa with some extra precautions. We will be traveling to Tanzania for two weeks…

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Counting For Christ

By Justin Hopkins | Oct 30, 2020

As the month of August arrived, I found a unique opportunity for evangelism: The United States Census. I had signed up to help count residents of Hill County where we live, and finally, I was called. After a day of training to be issued a device I was off and running. So, for the next…

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Thoughts From Gregg

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 29, 2020

Needless to say, I would really like to return to Uganda, which I call my second home. I yearn to see the faces of my beloved brethren. Yet, until things change, it is not possible. It is very easy to communicate with brethren either with Facebook or WhatsApp. Yes, things are moving along fairly well.…

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School Spotlight: Talawanda

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 29, 2020

Even though the corn crop was harvested last month, things are continuing to grow at the Talawanda School of Preaching. With the fields empty, the students have been working hard turning under the soil and clearing more land so they can plant more seed for the next growing season. They have worked so tirelessly that…

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Notes from our academic director

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 22, 2020

This summer has been quite an interesting ride to be sure. We began the year with a full calendar, which has now been wiped clean. My work with our three schools of preaching in Africa has looked a bit different than we had planned. There is still no indication as to when we might be…

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Meet Faustin

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 8, 2020

Faustin Emanuel Sifael is a native of Talawanda, Tanzania. He is now twenty-two years old. Since graduating High School he worked making bricks. His job was to turn the bricks over as they dried in the sun. He came to the school at Talawanda to help make the bricks for the construction of the school…

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Talawanda School of Preaching

By Justin Hopkins | Sep 1, 2020

Classes are once again in full swing at Talawanda, and the students are doing fine. We are about to end our first academic quarter in their second year. We have moved into the dry season, so after a successful corn harvest there isn’t as much in the garden, but we introduced a new well improved…

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Modelle School of Preaching Update

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 25, 2020

Classes continue as normal at Modelle. The students and faculty are paying careful attention to hygiene and health practices. The farm has yielded a nice harvest of corn. By using rotation planting, we are expecting a crop of Coco Yams this month, vegetables in September, and then Casava in October. The next crop to be…

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Rwenzori School of Preaching Update

By Justin Hopkins | Aug 18, 2020

The school in Uganda remains closed due to COVID-19 pending authorization from the government to reopen. There is still no word as to when that might happen. Even in the midst of the ongoing lockdown, God is not locked down. Mbusa, our director has planted a new congregation in the village of Kidodo with 15…

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If You Know These Things

By Justin Hopkins | Jun 29, 2020

In washing the feet of the disciples, Jesus gave us a powerful example. This isn’t the idea that we should literally go around washing each other’s feet, but rather that even the most humble of tasks are not beneath our station in life because they were not beneath our Lord. When we learn to set…

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