Thursday, April 7, 2016

The Best Feeling Ever...

It’s rewarding to be back into our routine in Uganda! Things quickly became terrifically busy for us. We feel as if our feet haven’t touched the ground, although our tired feet would hastily disagree. March 31st we were pleased to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ as millions around the world did. Steven had the responsibility of organizing the program and delivering the memorial talk. It was a bit stressful, but I’m extremely proud of him. He gave a fantastic easy to understand talk. From speaking to many in attendance, I saw it glorified the depth of Jesus sacrifice and increased appreciation for the greatest gift ever given. He was surely glad when it was over though! All together 268 people attended here. We were pleased to have many Bible students present.

We also have our very first visitor to Uganda. Steven’s cousin from South Carolina, Hunter. So far I think we have worn him out a little, because he’s been sleeping LOTS. He’s adapting surprisingly well with little complaint though. Local people are amused and confused by his thick southern accent and even his name “Hunter”. Here names are full of meaning, so everyone is wondering if he’s really a hunter! This week we enjoyed some of Jehovah’s stunning artwork in Uganda together at Lake Mburo National Park. We saw so many animals, even a leapord which is very rare! Steven and I are blessed to live just 1 hour away from this gold mine of rich wildlife and mesmerizingly beautiful landscape. 

Some other exciting news I can report is; I have broken my personal record for number of Bible students. Not that it was my intention, but still I was thrilled by that fact. I once had many in Florida, but most were door-step type studies and brief. Now all my studies are serious sit down students, and all but 2 attend meetings regularly. I have to use my fingers and toes to count them all. It’s overwhelming trying to give them sufficient love and attention. But Jehovah is the boss and I feel him holding my hand tugging me along to each precious student, telling me “You can do it!”. I love these women and girls. I truly feel honored to study with people so hungry for truth and a relationship with God. I had one of my best students tell me Sunday how thankful she is for a personal Bible study. She said "there is nothing better than learning the truth!" The Bible is changing lives in Uganda, and all over the world. There is no joy equal to working with Jehovah God in this life saving work. Every frustration is compensated by a joyous moment, every tear is reimbursed by a hundred smiles, and for every sacrifice there is a blessing.


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  2. How richly blessed you are! What beautiful expressions of appreciation. It gives me more heart for the work locally. Sometimes these old bones don't want to get going. But your loving faithfulness and wonderful experiences are very encouraging!

    1. Thank you Marc! We are so glad reading this is encouraging. :)

  3. Your words are so true, Niki. I am in tears reading your blog. Sis. Marlene Butcher shared it with me. While I always enjoy your pictures on Instagram, the accompanying words paint an even greater picture. You both are a blessing and Jehovah is obviously blessing you for your hard work. I am so proud of you both!

  4. Thank you Veronica! I'm so glad you enjoy reading the blog. :) Jehovah’s blessings to you and Sam.

  5. Thank you Veronica! I'm so glad you enjoy reading the blog. :) Jehovah’s blessings to you and Sam.