Transition into a New Season
I'm getting ready to head over the big blue pond! That means suitcases have been pulled out, extra crafts purchased and lots of goodbye get togethers here. Though three months isn't a long time but when I return the plan is to shift to Tororo right away. So I am kind of saying goodbye to living in this area and that is hard.
We are still waiting for approval on the NGO paperwork however at this point we have received all approval the NGO board has asked for. Please continue to pray for the process. I have had a major mindset shift however and am leaving with completely peace. I was venting to my wonderful sister a few weeks ago about my frustration of the corruption here and she made a statement that was very profound and had a major mindset change for me. She said 'your purpose there in Uganda is not to establish Global Redemption as an NGO. Your purpose is to reveal the Father through living life as His daughter.' BAM! Right?!? I talk about identity and purpose so often yet this really struck me. I had been so focused on this small piece of the journey that my heart was becoming overwhelmed and exhausted. Not anymore! ;) The enemy is a sneaky, slimy little bugger huh? We must be focused on receiving our identity from Christ and our purpose from what He says. I want to recommend a book that I recently read that I thought had some very profound thoughts on this topic as well. It's called Start with Why by Simon Sinek. He did a Ted Talk some time ago that I also recommend. https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
We must stay focused on the "why" given to us through Holy Spirit and say no to the things that do not connect our hearts to that why.
I am so thankful for this opportunity to come back to the US and Canada and re-connect with so many of you. I'm excited to see my nieces (Goodrich girls still don't know!), go hiking, enjoy summertime in Bend and lots of hugs!! I will be traveling quite a bit to try and see as many of you as I can. While I travel, I will be sharing at various events, churches about our vision for the future to purchase property and build our mentorship center in Tororo. These events are also hoping to bring our monthly support up a bit as well. Currently we have monthly funding for two part-time staff in the US. Our board of directors took a step of faith to place me on salary as well starting this month. This will enable me to put money away for retirement as well as person expenses and travel. While that step of faith was Spirit led, we need to see an increase in our monthly giving if I am to remain on salary. Also, when I return and shift to Tororo, I would like to hire two part-time staff here as well as we begin training our mentors. This is also possible only as we see our monthly giving increase. Many of you have made one-time gifts which we so appreciate! These one-time gifts have given us the funds in savings to set aside for the purchase of property and they will continue to be used for building. However monthly giving is what will run our program and support our staff. This is my request for you. Visit our website and ask Holy Spirit about signing up for our monthly giving plan. No amount is too small or too great. Your financial donations will help reveal Kingdom culture in Uganda. Thank you!!