Thursday, October 8, 2015

4 Month Update! By: Niki

It's mind blowing... 4 months... What?! We've been so busy it feels like it was August, then we blinked and it was October!  Life is good and full. I had a few rough days where I felt terribly homesick. There was crying. My first good cry. (Poor Steven, gotta love that guy)... After a few days of being in that dark space though I emerged feeling stronger and determined. We have some great people here that have really been understanding and loving. Also an amazing support system back in the states. Along with you incredible people, we have seen Jehovah really be that loving father. I love this scripture at 1 Peter 5:10 "But after you have suffered a little while, the God of all undeserved kindness...will himself finish your training. He will make you firm, he will make you strong, he will firmly ground you." This experience has been excellent training; and training is not really working unless it hurts a little! In our years in theocratic service and especially now we've come to see that trials can be a gift. Trials teach you and make you better if you allow them to. Also it's humbling when you're really struggling because you know you can't do it on your own. You have to turn Jehovah God, and thus you stand in awe as you see his mighty hand in your behalf making you firm, strong and grounded. I am no one special, just an ordinary person who happens to have this chance to be a part of something extraordinary. I count my blessings, one of which is that...let me check... oh yes I have a pulse! 
Even on my best day though, I still miss Super Target, and Panera bread coffee. Oh yeah and you people. ;)
    We had our local convention here last weekend. It was an abbreviated convention in the local language Runyonkore. Over 30 volunteers worked hours and hours cleaning and setting up large tents to transform our kingdom hall property into a convention site. I can remember few times where I worked so hard, and was the happiest work. 420 people attended the convention, and it was just a wonderful experience. One of the best in our time in Uganda so far. "Tooreza Yesu" (Imitate Jesus)!

Hard working friends loading and unloading supplies.

Setting up tents Friday at the Kingdom Hall. After about 6 hours 30 volunteers worked to set up 7 tents and a stage.

Many young ones came and enjoyed. 

We had 5 baptized Saturday. This new sister was found at a taxi park while we were doing public witnessing! 

American missionaries & wonderful translation team members that encourage & inspire us.

Then we had to break it all down Sunday evening and clean it. Exhausting but so fun working with spiritual family! Even our little ones helped. Does it look like anyone is complaining? :) We love these people. 

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