Thursday, August 30, 2012

Evacuating to Uganda

Uganda is addictive.  No foot visits without longing to again tred on dry red dirt, feel the bustle of Kampala, even sleep sticky under mosquito nets.  Ugandan culture is warm, patient, sometimes confusing to this I-want-it-now American girl.

I miss Uganda.  I miss the perpective I had there.  Leaving the Western world reframed all that matters.  I need the reminder that the richest people are those good at relationship -- with God and man -- not those with Gucci sunglasses and massive homes.

When we "evacuated" from Isaac to Birmingham this week, we got something almost as good as a trip to Uganda.

To the far right in this photo is David. He was our driver in Uganda, and is still our friend.  He navigated us through one of the most pivitol months of our lives with the grace and love of Christ.  He'll never know how he ministered to our family.

David was in Birmingham yesterday! I never imagined we would ever again eat lunch with both him and the family we traveled with to Uganda.  My heart could have popped.

How I love those precious twins!

I can't return to Uganda any time soon, but my husband is working on getting me to a mission trip in Honduras with him in March!!!!  I will probably fall in love again.  It can't hurt to gain a touch more of God's heart for the nations. 

"God said to me, 'You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.'"
Psalms 2:7-8

Where in this world has God pulled your heart?


L.O.T. said...

My heart is leaping for joy as I see and read about these lifelong friends your families have and my eyes are moist as I long to be there too! Happy.

Shannon Evans said...

The twins!!! Remember them so clearly... what cuties.

Btw Alyosha saw me looking at your blog the other day and pointed to a picture of Amelia and said "Aly!". Probably a sign that we need more diversity in our social circle ;) but still, maybe just maybe there is a "family" resemblance. We talked about how he and Amelia were in Uganda together. I'm sure he understood it all perfectly!

RACHEL said...

Comments from the two girls whose blogs I miss terribly! :) Shannon, your comment cracked me up! What I'd give to meet you and Aly in person!

Zhanna said...

First of all, you are such a beautiful woman!

Second of all, amen to this statement, "I need the reminder that the richest people are those good at relationship -- with God and man -- not those with Gucci sunglasses and massive homes."

Could not have said it better myself. I think I might need to frame this quote and put it on my wall.

Last but not least, I love your heart! Love it! I hope that doesn't freak you out. Hahaha. But Im sure you know what I mean!

I've never been on a missions trip before. All I know is that my husband and I want to go. And we want to do a lot in regards to child abuse. We also want to adopt. So we've been praying. And God has been pouring into us.

It's just absolutely amazing when you begin to pray, "God, have my heart desire Your will, Your plan," and He goes and does exactly that. Prayers like that He quickly answers. And I'm just in awe :)

RACHEL said...

I've never been on a mission trip out of the country either, Zhanna! Unless going to get Amelia counts. I have major wanderlust for a mission trip abroad now. :)