Saturday, January 28, 2012

Prayer Requests

really appreciate everyone's support and encouragement over
the past few months! It is only my second week at Remnant Uganda but I am
already, absolutely LOVING it!!!! I feel so blessed to be working with our
ladies!!! They are honestly some of the most amazing women I have ever met and
they bring so much joy to my life! My job requirements def. change from day to
day but my favorite part is just getting to spend time with each of them! I am
so excited to see what the Lord has in store for Remnant Uganda this year and my
personal life as well.


I have already learned so much and know that this year will def. be one of
refinement and growth! That being said, I would really covet your prayers! If
you could be praying for more wisdom and discernment for my job. It is a big
responsibility running this organization and I have to make some tough
decisions...so I REALLY want to be led by the Spirit in everything I say and
do...and really want to be as intentional as possible while I am here for the
next 11 months. I just want to experience more of Him and to really be taken
into a deeper level. Please also pray for preseverence and strength, especially
during the refining periods. I know God is lovingly weaning me off my other
dependencies, so please pray that I would continue to learn all that He wants me
to. Please pray for protection and health. And lastly please pray that I would
continue to experience this peace and joy while I am living and working here in
Gulu.


Also if you could be praying for our ladies...most of them are leaders in the
church and have experienced so much freedom...and as a result, the enemy has
really been attacking them recently. So please pray for protection! Also, pray
that Remnant would become sustainable and have a really successful year in 2012!
Finally please pray for unity and that sweet relationships would be formed
amongst the staff and beneficiaries!


Seriously, thank you all for your friendship, love, encouragement, support, and
prayers!!!! I appreciate it more than words can say!!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Remnant Uganda: First Week

This past week I officially started my job at Remnant Uganda! And I can't even begin to tell you...how much I LOVE it already! I am SO blessed and humbled to be working with some of the most amazing women I have ever met! Each morning around 9am, I find myself standing on the front porch, with pure excitement and anticipation...because I know that our ladies will soon be arriving! They already bring so much joy to my life!

I had so many highs from this past week, but one moment in particular, really impacted me. Seeing as it is the new year, all of our ladies needed to renew their contracts. Now unlike many places, work contracts in Uganda are not taken lately and it isn't just seen as a piece of paper. Rather, for many people here, signing this piece of paper is a huge defining moment because it is seen as something that tangibly represents one's employment. However, this time was even more special for our ladies because they were able to receive their own translated copy of their contract in KiSwahili. Which meant, that for the first time they were able to take it and read it by themselves!!! No words can describe the joy that filled that hut! As soon as we passed out the contracts all of the ladies quickly began to individually read it out loud, with huge smiles on their faces, and Mama Joy just kept repeatedly thanking Jesus!

These ladies are absolutely incredible and I still can't believe that I get to work each day alongside of them! Thank you Jesus for choosing this life for me!






*Huge thanks to Mary Sick and her Swahili Professor for helping make that possible!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Dream Come True!!





So ever since I first heard about Acholi Wedding traditions...it has been a dream of mine to attend one! And today that dream came true! Mama Hope's Uncle got married and she invited Khara and I to the reception at the Acholi Inn. To say that it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life would most definitely be an understatement! It has only been a few days since we officially moved to Gulu and I am already LOVING LIFE HERE!!! I am so humbled and grateful that the Lord has chosen this life for me!!


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Thursday, January 12, 2012

And so it begins....


We had the most amazing 2 weeks with the team from Rockharbor! But now that they have left...everything seems to be becoming more real! Here is to the next 11 months!

January 8th

The team lead worship at Gaba Community Church and the whole congregation sang happy birthday to Sophie who turned 16 today. After shopping, the team hit Entebbe airport and be on their way back home! Then its game on!

January 6th-7th

The team woke up at the crack of dawn and headed out to safari for the day. It is always a treat to see the beauty of God's creation and today was especially good as the team got to see no less than 7 lions. The team is staying at Paara Lodge tonight which is another treat as they have great salad, which is rare in northern Uganda. Another highlight was when Stephanie Bammer got thrown into the lodge pool by Jeff Joseph. Good times. Tomorrow the team leave early for Gaba. Sunday morning the Shambrook family singers (with a couple others) will lead worship at Gaba Community Church.