Tuesday, December 18, 2007
My number one thought tonight is...
God is still in the prayer anwering business!!!! did ya know that?
Second thought is....
We all love to celebrate Christmas and speak of Jesus who came as a baby, but one thing we can learn from the wise men is that they diligently followed that star and when they found Jesus, their desire was to WORSHIP Him!!! are you worshipping Him tonight?
Let's not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season...let's worship the King of Kings, the Prince of Peace...the One who was, and is and is to come.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
"No flaken, I'm cereal!"
We were sad to see them go, but I have a feeling we will be seeing them again! I believe Uganda got in their blood....BIG TIME!!!
Ta ta for this time.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
(notice how wild the right side is and how peaceful it is on the far end)
and of course, we can forget the....
I have so many more pictures of the different animals but these are some of the best. Kenneth's favorite is the Wart Hog. So, I leave you with the best game meat in africa...in our opinion of course! :)
Monday, July 9, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
left to right...Angela Doyle, Amber Erny & Jenny JordanLet me just share a bit about each young lady.
Angela Doyle has been one of our summer volunteers. She came in on May 21st and has done a variety of things. She was in our area for a week or so and did some amazing work at Heritage International School in the Library. Thank you Angela!!! Then she went to Arua and helped out where she was needed there. Angela has received the Lord's call to be a missionary in Africa, but she has not felt a confirmation of what country, specifically. We have been so blessed to have her in Uganda this summer.
Next... Murchison Falls trip.
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
As I mentioned in my last blog update, we had a team of young people from Indiana Wesleyan University in May. They were an absolute joy to have around. They played with our children, cleaned, painted, organized, moved furniture and ministered to so many people. They led VBS’s in several Ugandan churches and touched the lives of well over 500 children by sharing with them about the love of Jesus. They spoke in chapel at Heritage International School and I believe it is safe to say that they were loved every where they went!
Friday, May 11, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Best Buds Forever!!
Jordan Mayo (left) and Austin Hopson (right) enjoyed back stroking back and forth across the pool over and over.
Will she hit her Daddy with her 'mighty' splash?answer is: Nope...it was barely even a splash!!!
Ethan Mayo takes a
OOOO that had to hurt!!
There's those best buds back stroking to the other side again....can you see them? LOL
It was a great day! The kids were totally exhausted that night!
Thanks for praying for our Missionary Kids. They see their parents working a lot of hours, but we as parents want to take time out to have fun, too! It was a much needed relaxing day!
Friday, April 13, 2007
I typed up a whole blog well over 2 weeks ago and lost it all...how or why? I have no idea! Anyway, I am going to attempt it again.
Hold on to your seat because here we go! I am going to share with you some exciting church/worship pictures. God is alive in Uganda and it amazes me how many ways people sing praises to our Lord!!
Let's move on to another church with a totally different style...
Katale is a church that is in the midst of a very difficult people group. This church has grown very rapidly, but numbers are not what is important to them. We have been to this church a number of times now and I continue to be awed by their desire to reach people outside of the church property. They are on fire! This picture does not do them justice. These men played these drums for at least 45 minutes and then traded off with someone else and played some other kind of homemade instrument. I believe it was a bug spray can with beans or rocks on the inside. Their shirts were completely soaked after they finished their praise and worship time. This church loves to move. The man on the right drum normally sings with the worship team and I am telling you, he does aerobics for 45 minutes to an hour...nonstop! I had never seen it. God is ALIVE!!!
Thank you for your prayers. I would love for you all to come and see for yourselves the love these people have for Jesus! Most of them have nothing in material possessions, but they HAVE IT ALL BECAUSE THEY HAVE JESUS!!!
I stand amazed and am so excited to share it.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
This congregation of believers were meeting in a small building. There were holes in the walls and the bricks were falling apart, the floors were dirt and there were no windows, but they were so happy to have a place they could go and celebrate their life for Christ. The man who owns this building has little by little pushed them out by adding more and more chickens to the place. This 'new' church of theirs is all they have now, but nothing has hindered their joy. As we were listening to the pastor speak, we could hear the chickens clucking away.
That Sunday they had just received word that they will be given metal sheets to put a roof on their church. I wish you could have heard the joy that was expressed after that announcement. They have been praying for a roof so that they would not get wet when it rains. I was humbled by it all. Here they barely have sticks for walls. They have thin tree trunks for braces and now they will get to add metal sheets on the roof to replace the reeds that are there now. But nothing hinders their joy in Jesus.
This week, when satan tries to hinder our joy...let's remind him that we have a joy unspeakable and full of glory.
Love to all,
Monday, March 5, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
So, let me see where to begin...
Monday, February 5, 2007
It all started on Monday, January 29th. We left my mom and dad's house around 10 a.m. thinking of the long trip ahead of us. As you will remember from my last post, we were having to go the long way around to get to Entebbe! Well, we got to Chicago early which was a good thing! The counter attendant we had was the same one we had last time, in 2003, and she was not very accommodating. This time she was very nice. She didn't really like all the luggage we had with us, but was kind of joking about it. Then she told us the great news!!! Here are her words..."The strike ended just a little while ago, so would you like to be routed straight to Entebbe via London?" Can you imagine our answer? ..."Yes, we would love to go straight to Entebbe via London!" So our route was back on track.
We said our good-byes to many of you and were off to the security check. After getting to the waiting area to board our plane, many different thoughts were taking place. The kids were crying and not wanting to leave, thoughts of awe came into action as the snow was coming down really hard, and we were struck with the realization that there were not very many people in the waiting area for such a large plane. We waved at those who were watching through the window and settled in for what we thought might be a several minute wait. But to our surprise an official came to the microphone and said that we would be boarding the plane early because of the snow. Still, there were only a hand full of people in the waiting area compared to what the plane could hold.
We boarded the plane, one of the first ones since we had children. As others started to file onto the plane, we were startled to see how many seats were remaining empty. After everyone was seated the attendants were suggesting that people spread out since there were so many seats available. It was the most unusual flight we had ever been on. I don't really know how many people the plane could hold, but I am guessing over 200 and it wasn't even half full. We were able to stretch out and actually relax for the first leg of our trip.
We arrived in London and were once again surprised at how few people were in the airport compared to times before. It was almost scary. No matter, we found our hotel room and crashed for a few hours.
Our second flight was even more empty. We flew on an airbus, which is considerably smaller, but there were still many, many seats open. Get this...there were only 43 passengers on the flight!!! We all had our own rows to stretch out and rest. Austin and I each had two seats to ourselves, and Emilee, Kaleb, and Kenneth had 3 each. UNBELIEVABLE!!
We made it to Entebbe and were on our way to our house. I noticed things have changed quite a bit in 8 months. Many of the roads have been repaired, but the traffic is worse. New buildings and homes are being built, but rent has increased. Stores are being added, so there are more things to choose from, but the prices of things have increased. One thing we were very excited about, though, was that there is an Italian Ice Cream shop close to our area. We can get a cup of ice cream for about $ .50. So...not all things have gone up.
We are happy to be back. We are still unpacking and trying to get things settled. The children started school on Monday and are already starting soccer practice and getting into the groove of things. I will not start working until next Monday because there is still quite a bit to do.
Bwana Asifiwe!!! God has answered prayers, over and above what we asked. We prayed for a safe trip and we almost had luxury. We prayed for the safety of our luggage and we arrived in Uganda with all 15 pieces. We prayed for a smooth transition into the country with jet lag, temperature changes and so on...and God has given us cooler temperatures and rains continue even when it is supposed to be the hottest time of the year. He knows exactly what we need. He knows how difficult it would be for me to adjust to the heat when we have been having such cold temperatures in the U.S. He knew that we needed to be able to relax on the plane since a few of us had been a little under the weather before we left. My God is Awesome!!!
Saturday, January 27, 2007
On Thursday morning, we found out that the airline we are taking, based out of London, will have a strike, starting next Tuesday! THAT IS THE DAY WE LAND IN LONDON!! The cabin crews will be striking so the flight have been cancelled. No flights will be going. OH MY...what are we going to do?
In the last 2 days, Kenneth has been on the phone at least a dozen times, talking with our travel agent...and what a jewel she is! We were never really in panic mode during this whole thing...but I must say I felt pressure in my heart. You see, I am the type of person who likes to have things planned out so that I know what is going to happen. I don't have it written out on paper, but I like to know in my head. Well, this put a major kink in my planning. Kenneth and our travel agent think they have it all worked out and below is our flying schedule.
Leave Chicago on Monday night
Arrive in London Tuesday morning
Leave London on Tuesday night ( we fly out with a different airline)
Arrive Dubai on Wednesday morning
Stop over in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, for refueling
Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda in the afternoon on Wednesday!!!
Can you believe all that??? OH MY!!
Pray...that is all we can do. We are excited to get back to Uganda and we are going to get there!
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Also, British Airways, the airline we are taking to Uganda, is planning a strike to begin the very day we arrive in London! YIKES!! It looks like the strike will be with the baggage employees...this isn't good because we have 15 pieces of baggage going with us!! PRAY!!!
GOD IS ABLE!!!
Love to all,
Thursday, January 18, 2007
(drum roll, please....)
We are diligently packing these days. Packing our boxes to put in storage and packing our footlockers and cases to return to our home in Uganda.
Our Home in Uganda!
Of course part of going home to Uganda means that we get to see our precious Puppet. The children are so excited to see her. They bought her treats and a couple of new chew toys. I am sure she will take them and hind them without even saying thank you. Oh Well...she is so sweet.
I can't believe I actually spoil a dog...but I must confess, she has me hooked.
Thank you for praying for us. We love each one of you. There are tons of things that I could write about, but I think I shall close for this time.
Always remember that we serve an Amazing God!
Because of Him,
Monday, January 8, 2007
We packed 6 foot lockers today. OH MY!! It took us most of the day, but it feels so good to have that many done.
The big things going on in our lives right now is that we are trying to find renters for our mobile home and we are trying to sell our car. Finding renters is not an easy task. This isn't just a rental property we have; it is our home. We have to be particular in our choosing. We have been praying and asking others to pray for some time now, because January is not always the best month to find people who want to move into a different place. Well, we have had call after call! God is amazing us each day. Please pray with us as we choose the 'right' people to rent our home. We have had a few nibbles on the car, but nothing concrete yet. God knows. Please pray that the 'right' buyer will come along in His time and that we would be patient to wait on Him.
We recently found out that we will need to purchase a different vehicle when we return to Uganda. A new missionary couple were driving our vehicle and were hit by a train. They are recovering nicely from minor injuries...for which we are praising Jesus!! At this time we are waiting for word from the insurance company if our Nissan Mistral is totaled. That is how we are praying. Please pray with us as we seek out the best vehicle for our family upon our return to Uganda.
I think this is it for this week. I will let you know how the Lord answers our prayers. Thank you for standing with us in prayer.
In Christ Alone,