03 June 2011

Master Plan

I never imagined in all my seminary training that there should also be classes on Construction Management, Site Design, Negotiating 101, Cross-Cultrual Land Disputes and Fundraising... but that pretty much sums up 75% of my time these days... the other 25% going to teaching and training the staff...

Most of it is pretty enjoyable... especially when I look at pictures like this and image a University for training thousands of Christian leaders... on this picture all the white builds are what we purchased... all the pictures in black and brown are what we plan to build... pretty amazing! 


On the other side of the coin it can be pretty overwhelming... currently we are in a land dispute... the previous owners who lost the property to the bank are trying to claim that the white building on the far right of the picture (above) is still theirs... the bank, lawyers, police and any law abiding citizen assures us it's ours...

But daily we are faced with visits and calls from these thugs (the term the local police use to describe them)... as they make threats to knock the building down /  build a mosque / harm the staff / etc...

These things are not easy to explain because land in Africa has an emotional element to it that I have not witnessed in my western upbringing...

In order to settle the disputed boundary line the GBI Board asked me on Tuesday night to go ahead and purchase 3 additional acres that will give us the disputed building (now on the far left of the pictures above)... plus the whole soccer field that you see on the master plan...

This probably doesn't make sense since we are not buying it from the guys we are in a dispute with...

In Uganda land is like a birthday cake... you can own the land titles (the cake) but another person can own the kibanja title (the frosting) of that same land... the dispute is with guys who say they own the frosting (but don't)... we are going to buy the cake which give us rights to get a legal settlement to buy the frosting...

I starting to crave something sweet...

What was a problem (land dispute)... will soon turn into a huge blessing... a 3 acre field that can be used to host conferences of thousands of Christian leaders or sporting events for our students...

I was a bit surprised (and absolutely encouraged) by the decision of the GBI Board... last year they gave approval to purchase a campus when we had nothing and God provided $600,000 to purchase and renovate... this year we again don't have the funds but the board gave approval to buy this $100,0000 (settling disputes is not cheap!) piece of land...

It is such an encouragement to see the faith of this board and their belief that God is going to provide everything we need to train thousands of leaders... it makes me wonder why I am losing so much sleep and hair over all of this?

Fortunately, it's the Master's Plan and not mine!

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