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Damien Miller

Damien Miller

Who: Damien Miller

Where: Mozambique

How long: Since 2012

Principal ministries: Justice


Damien moved to Mozambique in June 2013 after completing his training at BMS' International Mission Centre.

Damien has a legal background and is working alongside the church and local Christian lawyers who are developing Christian justice ministries in Mozambique.

Home church: Victoria Baptist Church, Eastbourne

 

 

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Posted: 20/05/2015 - 06:24

Getting married is exhausting and exhilarating in equal measure. Getting married twice in two days is to endure a financial, emotional and physical crucible. Yet last month I experienced such heights of joy and fatigue as I married fellow BMS worker Annet Ttendo, first traditionally and then in a Christian church ceremony, in her home country of Uganda.

The Kwanjula, or Introduction, is the traditional marriage ceremony of the Baganda people, to which my wife belongs. It is the day when the bride-to-be introduces her future husband, accompanied by his entourage of relatives and friends, to her family. The Introduction serves as a customary marriage, but since Western-...

Posted: 31/03/2015 - 21:58

Glancing around at the curios on display my eyes alighted upon a striking wooden mask with smoothed yet well-defined features, cheeks and forehead etched with a bi-coloured pattern of triangles. I turned to the shop attendant, “Excuse me, do you know what type of mask this is?” The girl hesitated a moment, then tapped something into a computer. “Says here it is a replica of a mask from Gabon or Equatorial Guinea used by the Fang people” she said in a distinctly Afrikaner accent. I thanked her and went away to think.

I have always found masks fascinating, yet it is wise to heed warnings about certain masks being used for sinister purposes. A little online...

Posted: 31/01/2015 - 17:34

“…at last he came to the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever-trees…”  (The Elephant’s Child, Rudyard Kipling)

Mozambique is a land of great rivers, twenty-five of them in fact. Zambezi, Licungo, Pungwe, Ruvuma, Limpopo…these life-giving arteries snake past peak, plain and plantation on their journey to the Indian Ocean. Nearby farms and villages are sustained by the river while distant cities prosper from hydro-electric power captured from its powerful torrent. People gather at the riverbank to bathe, wash clothes, fish for food, collect water or simply to splash around and cool off....

Posted: 16/10/2014 - 19:40

Jinja District, Uganda, 2009. My colleague Christine Adong had just introduced the Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity to a gathering of pastors and local leaders. There was a moment of silence and then a senior member of the community stood to ask a question that would linger in my memory to this day. “How can you be a Christian and a lawyer?”

Lawyers have long suffered from a bad reputation and in some cases it is justified. In some parts of the world lawyers are synonymous with corruption and greed, and so in retrospect it was a natural question for those Ugandan villagers to ask. In the western world lawyers have been satirised since Shakespeare’s day when...

Posted: 09/10/2014 - 08:29

“When you go from one African city to another you just find an urban sprawl. What’s the point of being there?”  Paul Theroux is an accomplished travel writer and one of my favourite authors but on this point he and I disagree. I live in Beira, a city characterised by remnants of art-deco architecture, the monumental husk of the grand hotel, a dhow-dotted beach overlooked by the red and white column of Macuti lighthouse and multi-funnelled fleets filing in and out of Mozambique’s busiest port. When I traveled to the capital city of Maputo for AMAC’s annual general meeting last week, I realised it was quite something else. Fleeing the airport by taxi, I...

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Damien Miller will be on home assignment in the UK and available to request as a BMS Speaker from 01 July to 31 July and and 29 August to 20 September 2015. Churches wishing to request Damien as a BMS Speaker should use the speaker request form. Please click the button on the left hand side. 

 

Please note that their programme is now fully booked.

Latest activity

20th May 2015
New Blog entry "A Tale of Two Weddings" added
Damien Miller
31st March 2015
New Blog entry "The Face of Justice" added
Damien Miller
31st January 2015
New Blog entry "Tales from riverbank" added
Damien Miller
8th December 2014
New Letter "December 2014" added
Damien Miller
21st October 2014
Vickey Casey
16th October 2014
New Blog entry "A Christian…and a lawyer?" added
Damien Miller
9th October 2014
New Blog entry "City of Acacias" added
Damien Miller
18th August 2014
New Blog entry "Red, White and Blue" added
Damien Miller
16th April 2014
New Letter "April 2014" added
Damien Miller
29th March 2014
New Blog entry "A Different Kind of Phoenix" added
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