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Dr. Dickson Obwoya
Life Ministry Uganda
"Bridging the Gap International"
and the role of the
Black Man in the World
Uganda Embassy & ACTNIM
"Bridging The Gap International"
The idea for "Bridging The Gap International" was born out of the desire to bring together believers in Jesus Christ from Africa with Americans of African Descent that have been removed from their countries and cultural identity. In so doing, the program seeks to dispel myths about Africans and their descendants during and after the times of slavery, and tackle lingering issues of resentment, and even hatred that are still harbored on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Ugandan Embassy, in Washington, DC, has been working to strengthen it's Cultural Diplomacy Section in order to facilitate areas of deeper cultural understanding, tolerance and respect through people to people diplomacy. The objective is to foster understanding, appreciation, and mindset change both among Ugandans and Americans at the grass root. ACTNIM supports this endeavor by bridging the gap with trips between Uganda and America to exchange and bring ideas together.
Dr. Deborah A.M. Freeman, ACTNIM; Anne Babinaga, Minister Counselor for Economic and Commercial Diplomacy at the Embassy of Uganda to the U.S.; Margaret A. Kafeero, Minister Counselor for Public Diplomacy at the Embassy of Uganda to the U.S. at the Farewell Dinner for Ambassador Katende.
H.E. Mull S. Katende and Mrs. Katende share a photo with friends and well wishers at Farewell Dinner in Washington, DC.
Dr. Deborah A.M. Freeman, ACTNIM; Sonia Komugisha, Miss Tourism Uganda 2020-21; Birungi Gloria Freeman, Ambassador Bridging The Gap International; Dr. Reginald L. Freeman, Jr., ACTNIM at the CNN Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia
In the spirit of unity and the acknowledgement of our History and Heritage as Americans of African Descent, Bridging The Gap Ambassador Birungi Gloria Freeman and Bridging The Gap Queen Sonia Komugisha from Uganda bring greetings from the Pearl of Africa. Their purpose for coming to America is to build a better relationship between Americans of African Descent and Africans with God's Truth about who we are as His people.
Ambassador Gloria is a 23 year old graduate of International University of East Africa with a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration.
Queen Sonia is a 26 year old graduate of Kyambogo University with a Bachelors Degree in Fashion and Design as well as being a Fashion Design Instructor.
Both young women have words and photos they would like to share concerning this years visit.
Hey folks, this is your girl Gloria Freeman, the Ambassador of Bridging The Gap. When I came to the states I expressed very many things and different people that helped me to learn more about the Black American of African Descent. These are some of the things I have learned from them and I want to share them with you all. "Success" is best when it's shared when we share our works, thoughts, opportunities, advise and so much more. Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success. When we come together, work together by the end of it all we will succeed together because united we stand. There is power in gathering and coming together because it inspires us. Delightfully to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful and more alive together. With all that being said, I want to encourage and strengthen ourselves by coming together to unite in spirit, love, and truth as we Bridge The Gap between ourselves.
Our Queen Sonia for Bridging The Gap says this, "Every trip comes with its lessons and teaching moments to both sides (the American of African Descent and us the Africans). This year for me was about reminding the American of African descent that there are other ways to bond with their roots in Africa, like entrepreneurial partnerships and cultural embracing rather than the usual safari visits. On the other hand, I have learned that the small things, like sharing personal experiences and skills is just the start to create the bond step by step. As we Bridge the Gap, let's remember to believe in God's timing because souls do not meet for no reason. Stay Blessed and Love you all".
Dr. Miracle Pettenger, Th D
Founder, Proceeding Word Bible Institute
Founder/Producer, Vision 2 Reality TV
Dr. Pettenger is a wife, mother, pastor, author, speaker, retired corporate professional and entrepreneur, Pastor Miracle preaches and teaches the Proceeding plans and promises of God while sharing her personal testimonies of God's favor and glory in her life. Pastor Miracle's divinely inspired mission is to bring healing, deliverance and hope to those who have a desire to know God's purpose for their lives and demonstrate His glory in a productive and practical way.
Dr. Sujata Ives, PhD GCDFI, OWDSI
Chief Executive Officer, Center for Global Alliance & Leadership Expansion
Associate Chair, International Committee of the American Counseling Association
Leadership Support Liaison, Global Connections Committee of the National Career Development AssociationCoordinator, Community-based sector of the World Council on Intercultural & Global Competency
Executive Advisor, NFL Alumni Performance Lab Board Senior Service Fellow, Society for Human Resource Management
Margaret Awino Kafeero
Minister Counselor, Cultural Affairs Officer
Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, Washington, DC
Head the Embassy Adoption Program, an academic year global education program, organized by DC Culture and the DC Public Schools. It affords fifth and sixth grade students the unique opportunity to expand their global awareness through direct interactions with Diplomats and Embassies from around the world.
Head Joint Cultural and Educational Outreach Program, "Bridging The Gap International" with ACTNIM since 2020, curated for Americans of African Descent to explore and embrace their Heritage.