It’s no secret that Trinity grads are working all over the world. From Kazakhstan to Peru to Kampala, Uganda. That’s where John Senyonyi (MA ’92) has just received an invitation to become the new vice-chancellor at Uganda Christian University.
Senyonyi is more than an administrator in higher education, however. Kamapala’s English daily, New Vision, writes, “He is also the founding director of Family Life Network and the chairman of the mission committee of African’s Evangelistic Enterprise.” In addition to his theology training at TEDS, Senyonyi also has a PhD in mathematical statistics from the University of Melbourne, in Australia. Senyonyi also writes a column, Me and My God, for the student newspaper.
During his tenure, Senyonyi says he’ll be upgrading the school’s library and science facility’s for Uganda Christian University’s 10,000 students. “The responsibility I am undertaking is one I am convinced God has cut-out for me. But I need everyone’s prayers to know rightly what God wants me to do,” Senyonyi says.
PS: The Ugandan capital of Kampala was rocked by several bombs detonated by Muslim terrorists from Somalia last night, which killed at least 74 people. No word as to how UCU or its students were affected, but certainly prayers are warranted for the city.
On Friday, April 30, SGA President Jesse Flanagan and University President Dr. Craig Williford presented Hands of Hope a check for $19,083.67 from the Trinity student body to build wells with clean drinking water for Ugandan school children. The fundraiser was organized and conducted by undergrad students from TIU.
About Trinity’s Ugandan Well Initiative
from Trinity Magazine, Spring 2010 issue
During the fall semester, Trinity students took part in a number of events over three weeks to raise money for clean water in Uganda. TIU’s Uganda Well Initiative was an effort by a number of students to raise the $12,000 needed to dig a well in Ruhaama, a village in southwest Uganda, which can provide water for up to 10,000 people. In this rural area, many children spend substantial portions of their day transporting water from rivers miles away; this well, to be built at a school, will also open up education opportunities for these children.
The kickoff event on September 22 pitted students against Dr. Williford in a battle of the Water Wits; they answered questions about clean water to avoid being hit with water balloons. Subsequent events included: miniature golf throughout Rolfing Memorial Library with holes designed by students; a community barbeque fundraiser; lemonade stands at home football games; a game of “bigger and better” that ended with the sale of whatever teams brought back; and a FAT worship and prayer night dedicated to the cause.
The students raised $18,000 in three weeks; since they were already halfway toward funding another well, they continued to raise money through April, and raise a total of $19,083.67 to date. The initiative was a part of Schools for Schools: Uganda, a division of Hands of Hope in Barrington, Illinois.