On Friday, Jan. 15, 2015, LCU Jim Gash, author of "Divine Collision," and the first American to argue a case in the Ugandan Court of Appeals, visited LCU to speak about his experiences with missions in Uganda.
Gash, an author, attorney, and professor at Pepperdine University, spoke to students during chapel, which is now held Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10 a.m.
Though Gash was hesitant at first to participate in missions or go to Africa at all, God had other plans. On his first trip to Uganda, Gash connected with Henry, a Ugandan teen wrongfully accused of two murders, and the two formed a lasting relationship. Eventually, Gash became the first American to appear in a Ugandan court when he argued Henry’s case in 2013. Henry was exonerated in June of 2015. Gash has also been instrumental in helping the Ugandan High Court improve their judicial system and has traveled with several groups of Pepperdine law students to continue making a difference in Uganda.
At 11:45 a.m., staff and faculty, along with some LCU and Texas Tech law and criminal justice students, enjoyed an Aramark catered lunch while Gash discussed his experience with missions in Uganda. He showed video clips and read excerpts from “Divine Collision” to supplement his presentation.
At 2:30 p.m., the 50-minute documentary “Remand” was shown for students in the SUB. The documentary covers the increasing involvement of Pepperdine professors and law students in the Ugandan criminal justice system. Afterwards, students had the opportunity for a Q&A with Gash.
Gash’s book, “Divine Collison,” details Gash’s acceptance of a calling to missions and the development of his relationship with Henry. After the lunch and documentary, signed copies of “Divine Collision” were exclusively available for purchase. The book will be publically available Tuesday, Jan. 26.