Kana lives in a mud hut with a rusting tin roof. She cooks for her eight children over three stones using sticks she gathers. Her, husband Tito, keeps a second wife and nine children nearby. Polygamy is legal in Uganda.
They are subsistence farmers on the land Tito inherited from his father. But, he is gradually selling off the land so he will have money to impress the women he drinks with. Tito is infected with HIV; he does not see the future.
Kana covenants with demons through the local witch. She puts talismans under her husband’s pillow to keep him sleeping at home. In Uganda, children belong to the father. If Kana leaves her husband, she must leave her children as well.
Tito and Kana cannot afford to send their children to school. Sheeda, their teenage daughter, resorts to entertaining men. It is the only way she can afford to buy a little sugar for her brothers and sisters at home.
Petero, their son, has no chance to finish elementary school. He will not inherit any land from his father.
Both Kana and Tito are Anglicans and were baptized as babies and confirmed in the Church of Uganda. Religion has failed to offer Ugandans a relationship with Jesus; spiritual darkness is the result. Poverty, witchcraft and despair follow close behind.
TRANSFORMATION THROUGH THE GOSPEL
Clearly, Africa will not improve by simply throwing more money, buildings, or projects at her problems. She needs a worldview transplant that cuts out her old habits of fatalism, paganism, and the dependence on outside resources; one that grafts in its place a new spirit of depending on biblical solutions in Christ.