Greetings from rainy Uganda!
Every morning from about 4 to 9 am we have been receiving near monsoon levels of rain. It's wonderful for the farming and crops but terrible for those walking or driving on the dirt roads. At the end of this blog is a photo of the effects heavy rains have on fresh dirt laid the day prior.
This adventure was made for the cause of one of my dearest friends here in Uganda. Zaitun (zie-tune) was my Luganda language tutor, an amazing baker and a wonderful friend. She was in an accident last week and doctors thought she had broken her ankle. A few days rest, elevation, ace bandage and prayer and today there is no fracture! I was driving down her road to pick her up when I became stuck. All worth it to hear from the doctor that there was no fracture! Each time I visit a clinic here in Uganda I am reminded of how blessed our first world nations hospitals are.
The youth follow up weekend was amazing! I would have so many testimonies from it but will try to only share a couple. The one I am most excited about is a young man named Bryan. He was one of the youth at our first school where I was a leader in 2013. For this follow up however Bryan was one of the leaders. Oh this is one of my favorite things to see is a young person grabbing hold of Jesus and a passion for building up this wonderful nation of Uganda. He shared personal testimonies of seeing forgiveness remove anger from his heart and how patience as a teacher is revealing the Father's heart to parents. Second, one youth girl who had just attended the school this year in January shared a testimony of her journey of forgiveness with her estranged father. She said she could not forgive him during the youth weekend but when she returned home she felt the faith from Jesus to forgive her father from her heart. He had abandoned her mother, siblings and herself years ago and had never been financially supportive of anyone in the family. Within days of forgiving him, he returned home and reconciled with her mother. Beyond that, he paid school fees for the first time in her life! Wow!!!! Only Holy Spirit! So good!
As always, I am challenged and blessed to live here in this beautiful nation where I get to see God reveal Himself in very open ways. It remains to be difficult for I find myself lonely but also rewarding as I build relationships, help a stranger (now friend), or encourage missionaries around me. I'm always thankful for your comments on social media and your emails. It truly reveals that an 'encouraging word uplifts a lowly heart'. (proverbs) Thank you for your prayers and friendship!
On the paperwork front, we have been told that we do not need to go to the offices of the two government officials who have been causing so many issues. I am so thankful for this! So now we will go to a different officer for recommendation, an introduction letter from an established nonprofit and on we go to the NGO board. So close! :)
Love and hugs to each of you!