Thursday, March 24, 2016

Getting Good At Saying Good-Bye...

...because "see you soon" just doesn't seem to cut it when you live thousands of miles away. Spending time back in the states recharged our fervor. The love we were shown invigorated us mentally to return to Uganda with extra zeal and enthusiasm. Thank you so very much to everyone who showed us hospitality and gave encouragement. Words could never cover how grateful we are for the incredible people we have it our lives. Seriously, we love you. Special thanks go to those who made an extra sacrifice and gave us a comfortable place to stay and great company. Here are some highlights. Let me just say, most family pictures are of my family and not Steven's. Of course we love his family too, but I have a really giant close family and stayed 11 days longer than Steven! Also didn't get pictures of all our special people, but you know who you are :) and we took mental photos.                     
Some of our great blessings; my siblings, spouses, my beautiful niece, dad and step-mom.

All 6 of us siblings in order oldest to youngest with mom in the middle.

                  Went to the wedding of our good friends Josh and Clarissa. We also enjoyed lots of good food, including this yummy pie, made by mom and equally loved by my grandma.
Of course snuggle time with my nieces was important as well as ministry with these beautiful women I'm honored to call family.
 With my pretend niece/lil sister Emma...point is I love her. She made this lovely print out about herself to give to some young girls in Uganda. And we also went to Disney and met up with our friend Chewbacca.

We are so so sorry if we missed you on this trip. We just could not get to everyone. As it is we came back to Uganda exhausted! Even though we loved being in the states and it was necessary, we are grateful to be back. Being away even a short time made us realize how much we love it and how valuable the work we're doing in Uganda is to us. Also, we've really grown to love the simplicity of life here. One day we will return to the states, and we have so many people to go back to, but for now this is HOME.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Are Your Feet Wet?

Based on Joshua chapter 3. How could millions of Israelites cross the Jordan River when it was at flood stage? Jehovah God told Joshua to command the priests to “stand still in the Jordan.” God promised: “and as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the Ark of Jehovah, touch the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan flowing from upstream will be halted and they will stand still like a dam..” (Joshua 3:8,13) Today there will be Jordans like obstacles in life that can hold us back from doing more for God in theocratic service. For example; financial struggles, lack of desire, and limited energy. But like those priests carrying the ark; If we display faith, take the first step, and get our feet wet, Jehovah will help us cross the "Jordans". Blessings are waiting on the other side. So have faith, take the first step, and get your feet wet!  

That was a small clip of the talk Steven gave to accompany the slide show we did last Friday. We were touched and pleasantly surprised to see so many attend the program! People came from other cities and many surrounding areas, and Steven's grandparents Tom and Becky kindly drove all the way from South Carolina to Florida with two lovely friends Diane and Ruth. We could really feel the love and were elated to see this blog and our adventures in Uganda have been encouraging. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for you ones who have shown us unerring love and support. It is like a powerful medicine the gives us the energy and desire to continue.

With Steven's Grandparents

Serving where the need is greater has been one of the best choices Steven and I have made spirituality. It has by far been the most educational and enlightening life experience we've had. Jehovah God made us with a colorful array of diversity in culture and character. Instead of working against the differences, in expanding our ministry to serve in Africa; Jehovah has helped us to become more appreciative of the differences. When we appreciate, we don't discriminate. It opens our heart more to love, assist, and forgive. That’s something I hope and pray follows us wherever we go in life and on this earth in the future. And I hope by reading this all of you can also look for ways to grow in the same appreciation and prospective. 

If you can make the circumstances please consider expanding your ministry. There are so many ways to do so in your current area and home country. And if you have the circumstances to serve in another country, do it! When choosing a place please consider not just the beauty of the landscape, tasty food, and a modern lifestyle; but do research to see where the need is really great. That way your time spent will be the best use of your time, where you can help the most people come to love God and bolster and build up those who already do. And whatever your goals may be we urge you- have faith, take the first step, get your feet wet... and watch!