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Alberta Lindsey

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His promise, ‘I’ll never leave you again,’ nurtured Vietnamese orphan, now pastor

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)--It was 1972. The Vietnam War was in full swing. A mother, leading her 4-year-old son by the hand, turned him over to strangers at a Cam Ranh Bay orphanage. The child cried as his mom walked away.

5/30/97 Missionaries in Uganda saving, soothing souls

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–The young girl, wearing a blue and white striped dress, walked slowly into Lake Victoria to be baptized. About 30 people stood on the shore, clapping and singing. Several children beat drums with their hands. On this bright Sunday morning, sailboats from a nearby yacht club skimmed along the glistening water in the […]

5/30/97 Big picture gives balance to daily Ugandan challenges

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–Linda Rice laughs when she hears someone in the States complain about being without electricity.Her electrical power is off so often she no longer pays attention to the outages.She and her family are used to cold muffins for breakfast or waiting days to wash clothes. When the room goes dark during dinner, someone […]

5/30/97 Missionary kid in Uganda regards life as ‘neat’

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–Thirteen-year-old Kristen Rice doesn’t stop off at McDonald’s for a cheeseburger and Coke on her way home from school. But she might raid a termite hill and take a few insects home to fry for a crunchy snack. Another day, it might be grasshoppers. There are no American fast-food restaurants in this East […]

5/30/97 In the valley of AK-47s, missionary fears no evil

KAABONG, Uganda (BP)–“We are here to thank God for this water,” said Bruce Schmidt. “No man can give you water. I cannot make you water. The Karamojong do not make water. It’s only God who gives you water.”Schmidt, a Southern Baptist missionary, was talking to about 50 people who had gathered to pump water for […]

5/29/97 Missionary physicians persevere in midst of Uganda’s AIDS battle

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–“Beware of the sweetness and splendour of sex,” the poster warned. “It could prove hazardous to your health and life.” A lot of people have paid little attention to the message that hangs on an office door at Makerere University Medical School in Kampala. Uganda has one of the highest AIDS rates in […]

5/29/97 Uganda church offers haven from sweeping AIDS crisis

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–The three women bowed their heads in prayer. Robina Namuli, 33, Prossy Gwokyalya, 31, and Justine Nakiwala, 45, have AIDS. They know it will claim their lives, and they have accepted that. The three are participants in Kampala Baptist Church’s AIDS ministry. They came on this Saturday evening for fellowship and for emotional […]

5/29/97 Woes with AIDS, family members fail to derail his new faith

KAMPALA, Uganda (BP)–AIDS led William Maseruka to Christ. As if suffering the deadly disease weren’t enough, he also has suffered for his faith. Because of his refusal to participate in spirit worship, his brothers and sisters disavowed him and took his inheritance. Now he lives in a windowless mud hut in a village near Kampala. […]