Friday, December 26, 2014
An Inconvenient Christmas
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
|... next to the sitting area|
|Josh, very studious in the office|
|kitchen with newly painted cupboards inside and out!|
|awesome shower... first time on wall tile for Josh, not to shabby!|
|had to take a picture of this precious thing|
|seeds planted in September already flowering!|
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
|Loving the paved road!|
|Taking the road less traveled... into the jungle.|
|First stop... first switch back with a great view of the steaming hot springs.|
|A few switch backs up the mountain and another great view, a good place to park. No cars yet to be seen.|
|Lunch with a view...|
|... and handsome husband.|
|Semliki River and Mountains in the DRCongo... I don't think I have ever seen it this clear!|
|Red tail monkey sightings.|
Didn't have the presence of mind to take a picture of the giant forest cobra I saw
slithering/leaping from the road... gross! I screamed, but you probably don't was to see that anyway.
|Grasshopper doing the splits on our windshield for oh, maybe 45minutes.|
|No fancy restaurants, so candlelit enchiladas and passion fruit G&Ts will have to do :)|
Thankful for a special day, a great year, and an amazing husband! Can't wait to see what the future holds!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Slowly by Slowly, Transformation Comes
|Here's the main living area before (wow those are bright colors!)|
|Here's the old shower room|
|And here's the shower room in progress - painted and primed walls with a new sink and shower outlet|
|Here's the paint master at her work|
|BECS (The power coop) came and installed power by hand. It took three and a half weeks from payment to working power.|
|I had to do a little tree trimming for the power lines.|
|Working with some guys to rework the shower soak pit outside the house.|
|My friend Kiiza doing his best to repair a REALLY OLD metal water tank. The verdict is still out on whether or not we will be able to repair it.|
Saturday, August 09, 2014
The Last Leg
- Waking up on Saturday to the car already packed with ALL our bags (they all arrived in time). What a great husband I have.
- Pavement… yes ALL THE WAY to Nyahuka, Bundibugyo. Making a once 8-9 hour trip 7 hours!
- A flock of mongoose crossing the road. Or is it mongeese? Come to think of it, what do you call a group of mongoose (mongeese) moving together? a Gaggle… a pod… a pack? Anyway, it was pretty cool to see them all crossing the road.
- Almost hitting a cow. No really, we almost hit him.
- Great signs like “New life butchery”. Is this proof that animals go to heaven?
- Beautiful canopy trees, and picking out the ones we want to plant in our yard.
- Mubende. A small town we pass through that is rightfully nick-named the “in your face chicken place” Uganda’s only drive through (that I know of) where vendors swamp your car and shove their goods in your cracked window. But I have to say their chicken on a stick is delicious! And the roasted bananas were wonderful too.
- Buying my favorite variety of mango on the side of the road. A shopping bag full for less than a dollar!
- Colobus monkey sightings.
- The amazing view coming around the Rwenzori mountains with a storm coming in.
- Seeing Bundibugyo from a new perspective. As happy as I am that the bumpy dirt road is paved. I thought I would really miss the romantic nature of driving through the bushy jungle to get to our village. I was sad that more trees would be cut to widen the one lane dirt road. I couldn’t image how much more of Bundibugyo could be seen with trees removed and the road leveled in parts. This place is beautiful. It took my breath away.
- Being greeted and warmly welcomed by our team and Ugandan neighbors in the exact spot Josh and I met almost 3 years ago.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
"We have reached"
|Loving parents sending us off|
|a ton of luggage... 3 bags didn't make it, pray they arrive by Friday so we can take them to Bundibugyo with us!|
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
The Samaritan Missionary
As a missionary, I am in constant wonder that God chooses us to be the vessels by which His Kingdom is proclaimed and through which His Kingdom advances. I once heard a story in a sermon that likened our participation in ministry to a child helping his father pump gas at the gas station. The father certainly doesn’t need the child to help accomplish the task of fueling up, but the participation is essential to deepening the child’s relationship with his father. In this same way, God certainly has many options at His disposal for proclaiming His Glory and His Kingdom, but – mystery upon mystery – He chooses our participation.
This past Sunday, I was asked to preach at Christ Community Church, in Gainesville, FL. When Rob Pendley (the senior pastor) first asked me to preach, a million excuses popped into mind about why I would rather not. But being asked to do things that are uncomfortable and unexpected for the sake of the Gospel has probably been the most reliable constant since I moved to Uganda in 2011.
As I prepared for the sermon on John 4, I found myself identifying more and more with the woman by the well. Ill equipped. Broken past. A poor candidate to carry the Gospel. Yet, I had had this encounter with Christ, just as she did. And it completely changed my life.
Here’s a link to the sermon on the CCC website:
(Click on “Launch Sermon Player” at the bottom of the page – you can either listen to the sermon in the player or select download audio to download a MP3 to your computer)
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us – 2 Cor 4:7
Thursday, January 30, 2014
A Joyful Reunion
Oftentimes on the mission field there are many new hellos as well as a lot of goodbyes. We are transient. And we find that over time we begin to measure our friendships in thousands of miles instead of just a few. We find that when we are in Africa, we dearly miss our friends in the US; and that when we are in the US, we dearly miss our friends in Africa. This past weekend was one of those rare oasis moments where our African friendships and US lives overlapped in a beautiful and refreshing way.
Last Friday, Anna and I hopped in the car and drove to visit the Johnsons and Ann in western NC for a mini Bundibugyo team reunion. The Johnsons have relocated back to the US and Ann was visiting on HMA (Home Mission Assignment). Travis and I spend the afternoon building an IKEA bed for Aidan, while Anna visited the kids at school with Amy. Ann came over for a yummy chili dinner and we stayed up late playing games and talking. All very normal things. But so refreshing when so often our life feels transient and not normal.
The next day we headed out to a state park to see the partially frozen waterfalls that we had heard about.
(I tried to convince Aidan to give me a piggy back ride up to the top)
(the partially frozen river was so beautiful…and so cold!)
(ice on the trail is just a new kind of slide)
We loved the day, we loved the hike, we loved the hot-chocolate, and we loved the deep fellowship with good friends. We are thankful to God for this time.
Monday, January 20, 2014
On Sabbath and traffic tickets
Monday, January 06, 2014
On the road... AGAIN?!
|Our car resting after the journey|