We have been back in The States for 2 weeks now. It is hard to believe that the trip is over and we are back to “normal”. You know, drinking water right from the tap, sleeping without a mosquito net, high-speed internet, Netflix, air conditioning, cell phones, etc. (Things we didn’t really miss as much as we thought we would.)
With all of that said, looking back over our time in Uganda seems almost like a dream that might have happened. It definitely does not feel like we stayed there a month. I think collectively, the one thing we would all say that we missed the most here is people; our familiar friends and family that we love so much. Funny thing is, the one thing we would say we missed the most about Uganda is the beautiful, smiling faces of the people that we grew to love so much.
We want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for standing in the gap in prayer on our behalf. We received emails and notes on the blog from many of you and it was so encouraging to us. You will NEVER know how much all of this wonderfulness meant to us, but know that it was a joy to our hearts each and every time. My dear friend Kristina led you prayer warriors, and what a faithful leader she was! Amazing!
John has gone back to work. I have started homeschooling. (That should be as adventurous as Africa itself, sort of like encountering wild animals.) We are awaiting the next steps to take in the meantime. Steps such as, finding renters for our house (if you know one, send them our way), deciding on shipping a crate over, selling/not selling specific items (that depends on the crate) and fundraising.
Our goal is to raise $50,000 to $60,000 for our first year in Uganda by January. This is when we plan to go back. We would like to be settled in before the next school year starts there and that is February. We have some big, upfront, one-time costs like a car and home-furnishings.
To help with the fundraising, we will be going to different churches to speak and ask for support money. We would be honored if you would consider supporting us financially in this ministry. An easy way to give on a monthly basis is by going to the website below. You can make donations by credit card and it can be monthly or one-time. This is completely set up and ready to go now. All donations are tax-deductible through this website and 100% of the donations go to support our family in Uganda.
We wanted to post a few more pictures from our trip since it does not take as long here to upload. Yipee!
This is Patrick, who we lived with on the Lulwanda campus and Rob Marshall the President of GCIF.
Jackson and Mama Christine making chapati. One of our favorite things to eat there.
Trying African Tea with hot milk at Pastor Noah’s house, and eating bananas grown on his own trees.
In New York you hail a taxi, in Guatemala a tuk tuk and in Uganda a boda boda. This is Lilly’s first (and only) boda boda ride. She is pretty upset that there are no girl boda boda drivers because she was considering this as a future career in Uganda.
This is our precious new friend Natalie. She is the only other missionary serving at Lulwanda. We miss her dearly.
Ok, so the first post from Uganda had this photo in it. I have been asked many times, “What was in the tree?” It is bats!!! They are just hanging out up there. Bats are everywhere at night!
– Pray for peace for us and our families as we prepare to move
– Pray for wisdom about shipping a crate over to Uganda
– Pray for God to send us some good renters for our house
– Pray for our trust in God for our financial needs
– Pray for our homeschooling to be productive and fruitful
– Pray for the GICF board to have wisdom and unity