Friday, February 22, 2013

other journeys to jinja (and beyond!)

One of my teammates just up and moved her husband and their four kids to Uganda. They are living on the compound of Ekubo Ministries in a house adjacent to the one that Christie and George (and their 17 children!) live in. And there, they are in the most wonderful of communities, serving and loving the villagers for the next three months.

One of my dear friends is on a flight to a town near Ekubo, and she will be there on a medical mission for the next two weeks. While she's there, she will also be contacting other ministries to work with when she moves there in May.

Another teammate is visiting Nashville this weekend to undergo leadership training with Visiting Orphans, as she will be co-leading a mission in June.

Another friend continues to work hard for her nonprofit, Hope Grafted In, which liaison with organizations in Uganda to help with their child sponsorship programs (Sangaalo included!) She is also in the midst of a journey to adopt a sweet 4-year-old girl.

All of these people (and more) are on my heart this evening, in addition to all of the children and families they will meet and minister to during their time there. Please join me in prayer for these sweet and selfless friends!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

the conversation.

I have been praying about The Conversation over the past few months. I've also been worrying about it. And dreading it. So I put it off and planned to have this talk sometime in the future. Some undetermined time in the future, that is.

As time passed, I've felt little prompts from the Holy Spirit that the time was coming for me to have this talk. I brushed these feelings aside and continued to hang on to my anxiety about it all. And then tonight, I think God gave me a little push because I couldn't ignore His prompt anymore.

And you know what? The Conversation went so much better than I could have ever imagined. I'd spent all this time worrying and praying, rather than praying and trusting that He would take care of it. He covered The Conversation with His grace and peace, and He gave me the words to say.

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my chest, and I am absolutely joyous about the communication that occurred. I am praising God tonight, friends! And with one step at a time, we move forward...!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

i refuse.

"I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of You, oh God...
So, if You say move
It's time for me to follow through
And do what I was made to do
Show them who You are...
'Cause I don't want to live like I don't care
I don't want to say another empty prayer
Oh, I refuse
To sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse
To stand and watch the weary and lost
Cry out for help
I refuse to turn my back
And try and act like all is well...
I refuse to stay unchanged
To wait another day, to die to myself
I refuse to make one more excuse."

-- Josh Wilson