Marriage and Family

Hurry Up and Wait

The Lord sure has a funny way of answering prayer.  Or maybe He has the best way to answer prayer and it is for me to continue to trust in Him for His wisdom.  I know I started out before I left Uganda with the work He had performed in my life over the course of the 12 days we were there as I wrote in My Soul’s Return and Returning Still, but I would like to invite you on the full journey as I reflect back and give greater detail and pictures of what He did throughout the trip.  Scott and I are so thankful to all our friends and family who helped support us financially and through much prayer.  The work God did is just as much part of your life as it is ours and I would like to take time to share it with you.

After arriving just shortly after 1:00 p.m. to Houston Intercontinental Airport and back to our home by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, our children were still not back from being with grandma.  I quickly began to wash laundry, unpack, and anything else I could do to help me stay awake.  But with all the busyness, the old patterns of this life began to threaten the rest and peace I had found in God while in Uganda.  The pattern of stress and responsibilities of family was beginning to set in.  As messages on the home phone and cell phone were checked, e-mails coming in that “needed” responding to began to wear on me.  God quickly reminded me of how stressed I had been the night before we left.  We didn’t even get packed until the night before our flight left.

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This is what our room looked like at midnight the night before we left. Somehow it made it all into two suitcases and did not go over the 50 lb. limit.
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Arrival to airport

Somehow we made it to the airport and had everything we needed in our suitcases for the duration of the time we were gone.  The plane ride was long and while we waited in Amsterdam for our connecting flight who else would decide to also want to fly out, but a rat!

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Who would have ever imagined?
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Outside the wing of our plane

After we arrived in Entebbe late Friday night we rested at a hotel and then began the motto for Uganda, “Hurry up and wait.”  The trip from Entebbe to Mt. Elgon is at least six hours by van.  Of course this is not any van ride, but one that will rock your insides and overwhelm your senses especially if this is your first time to Uganda.

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Figuring out what time to set our watches as we are waiting for our connecting flight
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Just one scene from the widow of our van

While I have much more to share about the ministry our team did while in Mbale, Uganda, I fell sick yesterday afternoon with a bacterial infection.  Please pray for me as the medicine seems to be working, but still trying to keep solids and liquids down.  God is faithful and I look forward to sharing these precious times of ministry with you so that you too can rejoice in the work God did through your financial and prayer support.

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Colosseum in Kampala that we pass on the way to Mbale

 I guess the Lord wants you to Hurry Up and Wait for our updates as well. 🙂

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
Yahweh is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the whole earth.
He never grows faint or weary;
there is no limit to His understanding.
He gives strength to the weary
and strengthens the powerless.
Youths may faint and grow weary,
and young men stumble and fall,
but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)

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