Episode 25 - Odongo Geoffrey - Acres of Hope Uganda - How life circumstances and Christ build you to serve the Kingdom of God.
Season 2 Episode 5: Odongo Geoffrey
In this Simply127 Podcast Season 2 episode, Sara Beth has a conversation with Odongo Geoffrey (Geoffrey) from Acres of Hope Uganda. This conversation was recorded between the two, who are oceans apart. There may be slight pauses due to internet connectivity. This podcast was also pieced together from a much longer conversation, that was narrowed down into a few short clips. Listen to hear Geoffrey’s amazing faith journey and life story.
Continuing with the theme of how the Gospel is central to the work of 127 Worldwide, Geoffrey, local leader who lives in Northern Uganda, shares how his life experiences and relationship with Christ prepared him to start and run Acres of Hope Uganda.
Growing up in war torn Uganda, Geoffrey faced tremendous challenges as a child. Orphaned at a young age, he was left without a home and lived along the Nile River. He shares the difficulties he faced until one day when a missionary came to plant a church, took notice of Geoffrey and then advocated for him.
Geoffrey faced some of life's most difficult challenges, yet his story paints a picture of how God delivered him and is using him today through his ministry at Acres of Hope Uganda.
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Uganda Civil War Timeline:
Sir Edward Luwangula Walugembe Muteesa II (Also King of Buganda, a kingdom
in present day south-central Uganda) October 1963 --- March 1966
Milton Obote: April 1966 --- January 1971
Idi Amin: January 1971 --- April 1979
Yusuf Kironde Lule: April 1979 --- June 1979
Godfrey Lukongwa Binaisa: July 1979 --- May 1980
Milton Obote: December 1980 --- July 1985
Tito Okello Lutwa: July 1985 --- January 1986
Yoweri Kaguta Museveni: Jan 1986 --- present
1962 - Uganda becomes independent from the UK with Milton Obote as prime
minister. The independent kingdom of Buganda enjoys considerable autonomy
from Uganda (it will later become part of Uganda).
1963 - Uganda becomes a republic with Buganda's King Mutesa as president.
Mutesa has conflict with the prime minister, Milton Obote.
OBOTE 1st PRESIDENCY
1966 - Milton Obote ends Buganda's autonomy and promotes himself to president.
1967 - New constitution gives a lot of power to the president.
1971 - Milton Obote is overthrown in a coup led by Army chief Idi Amin.
--- “During Amin’s reign an estimated 300,000-500,000 people were murdered and a
further 80,000 Asian Ugandans were expelled from the country”
1972 - Amin orders Asians who were not Ugandan citizens - around 60,000 people -
to leave the country.
1972-73 - Border clashes with Tanzania.
1976 - Idi Amin officially declares himself president for life and also claims parts of
1978 - Uganda invades Tanzania to annex the Kagera region.
1979 - Tanzania then invades Uganda, unifying the various anti-Amin forces under
the Uganda National Liberation Front and forcing Amin to flee the country;
1979 - Yusufu Lule is president for about 2 months during the summer of 1979.
1979 - Godfrey Binaisa replaces Lule and rules for about 1 year
1980 - Binaisa overthrown by the army.
OBETE’S 2nd PRESIDENCY
1980 - Milton Obote becomes president after elections in December
1985 - Obote deposed in military coup and is replaced by Tito Okello.
1985 - Tito Okello becomes president
1986 - National Resistance Army rebels take Kampala and install Yoweri Museveni as
--- Museveni introduced democratic reforms and set about improving the country’s
human rights records. However, the power struggle continued, and since Museveni’s
government has been in power, over 20 militant groups have tried to displace it,
most notably the LRA.
1986: Uganda People’s Democratic Army (UPDA) is formed from Okello supporters
and former army members who don’t like Museveni
1986: Uganda People’s Democratic Army (UPDA) successors form the new Holy
Spirit Movement (HSM) led by Alice Auma “Lakwena”
1987: The Lord’s Resistance Army is founded. They were led by Joseph Kony and
fought alongside the Allied Democratic Forces to overthrow Museveni and his army.
“Kony claimed to wish to create a state based on the Bible’s Ten Commandments; in
his bid to achieve this, a 21 year war ensued in which he is alleged to have abducted
up to 40,000 children to serve as child soldiers or, in the case of girls, ‘wives’ to other
soldiers. During the civil war in Northern Uganda, around 1.6 million people from
Northern Uganda have been displaced and over 100,000 people abducted or
mutilated by the LRA.”
1993 - Museveni restores the traditional kings (including king of Buganda) but
without political power.
1996 - Museveni returned to office (after 10 years of service) in Uganda's first direct
1996 - the conflict between the Government of Uganda (GOU) forces and armed
insurgent groups intensifies. The GOU military began encouraging rural people in
affected areas to move into protective camps.
1998 - Ugandan troops intervene in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the side of
rebels seeking to overthrow Kabila.
2001 March - Uganda classifies Rwanda, its former ally in the civil war in DR Congo,
as a hostile nation because of fighting in 2000 between the two countries' armies in
2001 - Museveni wins another term in office, beating his rival Kizza Besigye by 69% to
2002 March - Sudan and Uganda sign an agreement aimed at containing the
Ugandan rebel group the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), that was being active along
the common border.
2002 July - “Forty-eight people were hacked to death [by the LRA] near the town of
Kitgum in the far north of Uganda. Local newspaper reports said elderly people were
killed with machetes and spears, and babies were flung against trees”
2002 October - “Army evacuates more than 400,000 civilians caught up in fight
against cult-like LRA which continues its brutal attacks on villages.”
2002 December - Peace deal signed with Uganda National Rescue Front (UNRF)
rebels after more than five years of negotiations.
2003 early - LRA declared a cease-fire and said they wanted to hold talks with the
government of Yoweri Museveni. The LRA to cease all ambushes, abductions and
attacks. The LRA was in a tight corner after its bases in southern Sudan had been
destroyed” by Ugandan troops following the agreement with the Sudanese
2003 June - Kony told his fighters to destroy Catholic missions, kill priests and
missionaries, and beat up nuns.
2004 February - LRA rebels slaughter more than 200 people at a camp for displaced
people in the north. The group that attacked the camp set ablaze dozens of
grass-thatched huts to create confusion, then looted food and abducted people
whom they forced to carry their loot for a distance before they killed them along
with their babies.
2004 December - Government and LRA rebels hold their first face-to-face talks, but
there is no breakthrough in ending the insurgency.
2005 October - the International Criminal Court (ICC), based in the Hauge,
announced arrest warrants for Joseph Kony and 4 of his top LRA deputies.
2006 July - Peace talks between LRA (absent Kony) and Ugandan government in
Sudan. LRA representatives present wished to portray the group as freedom fighters
against President Museveni's system of patronage and discrimination against the
Acholi tribe, but the LRA had alienated themselves from the Ugandan population,
including members of the Acholi tribe. The Ugandan government was not interested
in the LRA's demands of reconstituting the Ugandan military under foreign control
and a quota for Acholi in government jobs and instead focused on determining the
LRA's terms of surrender. The talks went nowhere.
2007 - Peace talks with the LRA (the last resistance form from the Ugandan Civil
War) continued to fail throughout 2007.
2008 - LRA increases attacks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. DRC and
Uganda pair up in “Operation Lightning Thunder” and effectively destroy Kony's
main base, pushing the LRA to the Central African Republic. The Ugandan Civil War
is now a regional conflict involving Uganda, DRC, Central African Republic, Sudan
2010 - the LRA remains a threat until 2010.
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