In July 2013, this is the first video of Mbaraza Emmanuel whom I know personally - reggae gospel music, easy listening and uplifting to the heart. In November 2013, I added 2 more videos, such a blessing. This guy is an angel used by God to lift up tired and weary Christian brothers like me.
Mbaraza Emmy is on ReverbNation, an indie music site, with music tracks, videos and events, where he makes a small amount of money from online sales of his original music. He is also on Soundcloud and Bandcamp where he also sells albums and tunes.
In May 2020, Mbaraza Emmanuel needed affiliate outside his country to let his organisation
Faith Aid IniTiative for Humanity Ltd (FAITH) receive payments via internet in South Sudan/Uganda via his music sites above as PayPal payment was blocked in his country of South Sudan. m-Gurush in Bank of South Sudan in Juba now has mobile money which may be a better local option to WorldRemit in UK.
Mobile money is more convenient than ATM as many Africans cannot open a bank account due to lack of documents and mobile money only requires a SIM card registration. Agent pays person money via message from mobile phone and person has PIN to protect cash. Africa is way ahead of West in mobile money!
He needed a job since his job was axed when mission funding ran out in 2012.
In April 2014 after 14 mths he got a job as a DJ! What an answer to prayer! It gives me hope that after 1 year with no job I can get a job too if I retrain and build my IT business.
As of 2014, he now has his own recording studio with a video camera provided by a friend. It is very challenging to see him following the Lord in such dire poverty.
In April 2014, Rhondda Hall, a missionary in ACROSS, sent me a CD of Mbaraza's music! Very uplifting Christian music! What a brother!
In May 2016, Mbaraza Emmanuel is planning on building a radio station in South Sudan with help from UK. I rang him on Facebook Messenger Android app over WiFi. His voice sounded like in his video clips above!
Motor Yat 2013 (Large) from APWM on Vimeo.
South Sudanese Refugee Nuer Bibles from APWM on Vimeo.
About 50 Sudanese, mostly Christian, have settled in Orange since 2010.
In July 2019 in Coorparoo, I learned of
South Sudanese Catholic Community in Tarragindi who wanted to learn musical instruments (violin and piano).
In February 2019 I learned from Pioneers of Australia group that
Gateway Presbyterian Church in Ascot and Nundah has a South Sudanese congregation mainly Anuak people.
Kampala - capital - Kampala to Arua is 476km (6h 43m) NW
Economy - poor
In March 2017, Mbaranza Emmanual, radio announcer from Yei, South Sudan, has relocated to Arua, Uganda to setup radio ministry to refugees in South Sudan. He is linked to Faithline Ministries South Sudan.
In December 2017, Rhys and Rhondda Price in ACROSS SIM are now in Arua Uganda servicing with literature and agriculture
Rhino refugee camp Uganda with Eden farm 50km northeast of Arua. They work with Anglican church in Arua.
From Arua, Uganda, they distribute DAPs (Digital Audio Players) with peace building training and Christian messages to herdsmen in South Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda and the South Sudanese Army (Sep 2018-). They also publish hymn books and Sunday School literature in the vernacular. There are many churches springing up in refugee camps from Christians who are refugees there from South Sudan. They need Bibles and hymn books and Sunday School materials to combat the decline in moral standards and harsh conditions.
Uganda is safer than South Sudan due to
civil war in South Sudan trashing the economy and the people.
In April 2018, I got spammed by Ugandan orphanage for support so blocked them on Facebook.
Nigeria has a population of 160M, an ex British colony so English as well as their native tongue is used! I know one Christian Nigerian at Canberra City Uniting Church, a very helpful fun Christian.
I saw the Imam and Pastor DVD in Canberra City Uniting Church in September 2012. It helped me heal bitterness.
In August 2019 at Caboolture Presbyterian Church I heard Nigerian say Nigeria had high poverty and was mismanaged with high malnutrition and lack of jobs.
In September 2019, Nigerian from Caboolture talked non-stop on Facebook Messenger using phone on Facetime in his language with his friends back in Nigeria. They are homesick for their own language not just English but it is difficult for an English speaker like me to adjust to this foreign language right here in Australia over the Internet.
Facebook Messenger on their phone a lot to make free internet video calls to friends overseas or back home in their home country. It is a weird twist that Africans are outrunning West on adoption of technology as they only have phones and no computers so they use more phones on Internet than West does to communicate. Their poverty pushed them into using phones over computers so they leapfrogged the West.
In December 2019, random Nigerian on Facebook wanted to chat out of the blue. Beware which Facebook groups a person chats in. People will track person down and want to chat and not stop.
Africans are smart but poor.
politics and economy
Web and IT
There are many evangelical Ghanian churches after many European and Australian missionaries worked there in 19th and 20th Centuries. Now they are sending their own missionaries to Australia including Merrylands NSW when I was there in 2002.
Living Word Worship Centre opened in Merrylands and moved to Greystanes in January 2019 and opened South Penrith branch, a Ghanaian Christian church, which was an answer to prayer to overcome pressure from muslims on me as Christian.
In September 2017, Ghanaian wants to work with me to create a business for him in Ghana. I suggested using Ghanaian groundwater open data for my Salt Table Helper app to help farmers with salt levels in their area.
In February 2019, Ghanaian in Ghana chatted with me on WhatsApp mobile app when I was in Caboolture. Strange stuff! He was a young Charismatic and an apprentice mobile repairer working on his kitchen table which I saw on video call over WhatsApp! He was a fervent Christian more enthusiastic than local Australian Christians with all their wealth and distractions killing their faith.
He was extreme so I had to block him on WhatsApp to stop his erratic posts and unrequested video calls. Africa is chaotic.
A French backpacker from Cameroon stayed in Orange NSW in March-April 2012. He loved rhythmic music!
In 2012, I met ANU student from Liberia in Canberra City Uniting Church. This country has had a civil war with refugees fleeing to Ghana.
In December 2013, I met an Ethiopian refugee in Red Hill, Brisbane, who said Ethiopia was run by bad dictator for past 25 years. He is illiterate and I helped him learn English for free til I stopped and let someone else take up the burden.
Immigration said he was doing nothing wrong asking for free English lessons off me incessantly in my shared rented accommodation and suggested I move again, putting more pressure on me financially. Police can stop him harassing me.
Ethiopians need to remove Communist Ethiopian dictatorship with truth and solid foundations of medicine, education and good laws. There have been many killings and torture of opposition to dictator leading to refugees coming to Australia.
Chinese investment in Malawi $50M (loan) to build stadium in capital city
Malawian Teen Taught Himself How To Build A Windmill From Junk, Brought Power To His Village, ALL Learned From Library Books! 6/19
How UNICEF Is Using Drones To Save Lives In Malawi 1/17 blood tests for HIV using drones to deliver blood samples to clinic for testing
Mangochi South Malawi
one of poorest countries in world
86% completed schooling in 2006 (64% in 1992), only 25% secondary attendance
worst telecommunications in Africa - 3.9M mobiles, 170K telephone lines
1000 Malawi Kwacha = $1.80 AUD 10/16
Baptist Theological Seminary, Malawi - 1195km NE of Livingstone, Zambia, 711km NE of Lusaka, Zambia
Mission Trips to Malawi
Salvation Army preacher Geoff Freind from Perth WA, 60, dies after random attack in Malawi 9/16
49% Ethopian owned Malawian Airlines inaugural domestic flight 1/14
High youth unemployment and low voting due to old incompetent politicians.
Powerful! Zambia Christian nation declaration by President Frederick Chiluba, 1991. He was corrupt like all the rest and
embezzled $46M (see Frederick Chiluba). Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Springwood Baptist Church Zambia Trip 2014 - build classroom in Fiwale
Zambian Kids singing at the
Village of Hope orphanage (huge due to AIDS epidemic: 400-500 children) - Kitwe, Zambia
Since about 2010, Christian friend Michael Carew built and runs children's home in Garneton, Kitwe, Zambia. We knew each other at Melbourne University Student LIFE back in 1980 when I was studying MB,BS.
Lusaka is bridge from Zambia to Malawi.
In November 2019, I listened to man from CityHeart Presbyterian Church, Caboolture, Queensland, who had visited Zambia as volunteer and installed second hand computers from QUT in local university giving them a big leg up.
Quick-fix solutions to Zimbabwe's huge electricity crisis 7/19
African from Zimbabwe found it hard to attend online training ( IT Masters) due to unreliable power 11/19
demand 1500MW, local supply 1100MW, 400MW shortfall which is covered from Mozambique and South Africa
dilapidated energy infrastructure needs renovating or replacing so they can save money generating power locally instead of importing it
corruption, waste and poverty
A coalition government has led to better services for citizens.
In 16 November 2017,
Mugabe quit at age 93 years after 37 years as dictator when military seized control! Later he died with impunity for all the damage he had done.
In March 2017, I met a poor Christian man from Sierra Leone in Stones Corner, Brisbane, QLD.
Sierra Leone was a war torn country but no longer.
Australian WEC missionaries served in Sierra Leone in 1980s (
Operation World: Sierra Leone).
Ebola outbreak occurred from 2014 onwards. OpenStreetMap West Africa Ebola Response mashup was used by volunteers to map locations of outbreak to muster medical staff treating patients in epidemic and stopping its growth.
Mudslides in August 2017 due to high rainfall and poor urban development for poor people caused high deaths and chaos.
In February 2018, I met a Kenyan accountant who was a security guard in Brisbane. He told me about
M-Pesa mobile payment system in Kenya and was very good at making a business profitable using accounting principals which helped my business strategy.
Bishop Mdimi Mhogolo, Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika, Tanzania was a Ridley College Melbourne theological student in 1980 when I was studying medicine at University of Melbourne and boarding at Ridley. He was great fun to talk to and always spiritual and deep.
DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo ex Zaire)
Large group of Burundi people go to St Marks Anglican church in Daisy Hill, Logan City Qld.
Xai Xai Mozambique - Africa Missions from mkeup on Vimeo.
In June 2019, I had to block IP address of spammer from Ivory Coast trying to extort money.
Guinea profile - BBC
IMF suspended Poverty Reduction and Growth Facility in 2002 because it did not meet deadlines (slow, poorly managed) so poverty increased and growth declined
Economy of Guinea
very wealthy re minerals but very poorly managed
lowest 10% have 2.7% of GDP, highest 10% have 30% of GDP
very unfair distribution of wealth
179th rank for ease of doing business
incredibly hard to do business and create jobs so wealth is better distributed
Telecommunications in Guinea
not much internet uptake (38%) probably due to poverty
ex French colony
Mercy Ships Australia
The Surgery Ship SBS TV series about Mercy Ships on Ch 9 about surgery of tumour patients in Guinea 8/19
Guinea is a corrupt country with very poor medical services.
Mercy Ships came into port and operated on over 800 patients as per SBS movie I saw in August 2019 on Channel 9 ( Surgery Ship).
Mercy Ships in Guinea in 2019
West Africa ex French colony
online education (low cost or free)
edX (MIT) - IT, maths, english, arts, sciences, engineering (inexpensive units that build up to Masters)
CSU IT Masters - IT certifications and Masters (Masters are very dear but short courses are free)
M-PESA mobile money in Kenya
NilePay mobile money in South Sudan 8/19
m-gurush mobile money in South Sudan 5/20
WorldRemit - mobile or bank account or cash or e-wallet transfers to certain countries
supply chain auditing for conflict minerals
fraud, extortion, scams
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