We have reached Karamoja and our new home! The flight trip was rather uneventful and all of our luggage arrived. We then spent two days running errands around Kampala (the capital where we landed) and Mbale (closest big city to Karamoja) in order to get everything we think we might need for the next month and other mission requests. Thank you all for your prayers for dry roads! The road from Mbale to Karamoja, which has been very wet and treacherous, was quite dry and it only took us about 4 hours. We arrived in time to unpack a few items and join the mission in a welcome spaghetti dinner.
The past few days have passed like we’re in a dream. I often feel like more of an observer than a participant as the life of the missionaries and mission calmly continue all around me. The dream is neither good nor bad, simply removed. I think my mind and body are still accepting the simple fact that this is my home for the coming year. I am so thankful for the warm welcome and assistance we’ve already received from our fellow workers as they have fed us, given us endless direction on small items of life and will continue to be guides as we learn this new life.
We were blessed to join in worship with our brothers and sisters this morning. I was pleasantly surprised to find that I remembered some faces from our trip in 2010 and they in turn remembered us. One was a student from the VBS I helped teach in the local schools. He not only remembered my face, but remembered that I had taught the Bible stories and shared the gospel with the class. I was very humbled to see how God had used my inexperienced attempt at teaching to make an indelible memory in that boy’s mind – and that the memory included the gospel. That’s what I get for claiming not to be an evangelist! How God is glorified in our weaknesses!
As you think of us, please continue to pray for us as we adjust to life here, that we would be flexible, open and always put love for our neighbor above our own discomfort or awkwardness. It is our desire to serve the other missionaries and locals even as we transition. Also pray for continued good health in body and spirit. May God use this time to teach us more intimately His goodness and provision.