Pepperdine University law professor Jim Gash left comfort in Los Angeles to stand in the judicial gap for a forgotten Ugandan teenager. It was, what Jim calls, a Divine Collision.

Jim Gash‘s Divine Collision was set in motion while he was listening to author Bob Goff‘s keynote address at the Christian Legal Society National Conference. Bob’s address from his book, “Love Does,” told the story of young Ugandans stuck in a juvenile detention center, in the slow and agonizing judicial system, waiting with little hope of a fair trial. The story piqued Jim Gash’s interest in international justice issues, and eventually turned into a six-month stay in Uganda for Jim and the entire Gash family.

Gash and three friends traveled to Masindi, Uganda for a week with the goal of preparing 21 inmates’ cases for trial, hoping to move the justice system along. And they did. But the true divine collision happened when Jim met brothers Henry and Joseph in the juvenile detention center in Masindi, Uganda. Henry’s story gripped Jim’s heart, and he promised Henry he would do everything he could to help Henry to justice and back in school—Henry was hoping to become a doctor.

So Jim Gash picked up and moved to Uganda for six months to work on Henry’s case in 2012. After his stay, Jim moved back to California, but kept working on Henry’s case, speaking with Henry each week on the phone. In 2013, Jim Gash became the first American permitted to argue a case in the Ugandan Appellate Courts. Now Jim serves as Specialist Advisor to the Ugandan High Court.

We tell Jim Gash’s full story in the Spring issue of Shattered Magazine, out February 15.

Together, Jim Gash and Henry have told their story in their new book, “Divine Collision” (Worthy Publishing). It is available on Amazon, Family Christian, Barnes & Noble, BAM, and Worthy Publishing. Follow Jim Gash at his website, ThrowingStarfish.com, and on Twitter.

 

 

 

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