The Uganda that we know has three seasons. You already know the dry and wet seasons, they are self-explanatory (I hope). The one you may not know about is team season. Team season is where we have every week, from June to August, booked with mission teams. The teams are made up of different people of different ages from different places for different amounts of time. (With that said, we have yet to have a team from Georgia, hint, hint!) They each come to do something different and something the same. The same is to serve, but the way they serve is different.
Let me list just a few of the many different ways that they served:
-They planted churches
-They participated in community outreach
-They scraped a container
-They did office work
-They hung mosquito nets
-They gave out shoes and books
-They reorganized the entire Lulwanda library
-They led Bible studies
-They organized children’s activities
-They participated in crusades
-They gave medical care
There is one really important act of service that I have not listed yet. It took me by surprise really. I am still basking in the blessings of it. Do you know what it is?
They cared for the missionaries.
That is us. My family.
This is the first time that I have been on the receiving end of teams and receive we did! I know that they think they came to serve the people of Uganda or the children of Lulwanda, but I am here to tell you that they served our family. And they did it well. Let me list of few of those ways:
-They brought us an abundance of needed items (WILLINGLY and Graciously)
-They brought us an abundance of special treats
-They prayed for us
-They were interested in our lives here
-They ate with us
-They bought us dinner
-They invested in my children
-They included Jackson and Lilly (in EVERYTHING)
-They “babysat” for us so we could go on a date
-They encouraged and supported us
-They cried with us
-They LOVED us
Why is this so important? Missionary care is an act of service. It is necessary. As necessary as being here serving on the field. Paul teaches us through the Bible that we should all be encouraging one another in fighting this good fight.
Some of you have never stepped foot on this Ugandan soil or maybe even out of your country, but you too have helped care for our family. We have received your prayers, letters, phone calls, posts and packages. Missionary Care. It keeps us healthy.
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3: 12-13
So, thank you for keeping our heart’s moldable. We are forever grateful.