Saturday, March 17, 2012

Thoughts on Uganda


Tomorrow morning G and Lou will be doing a presentation about their trip to Uganda during our Bible Study hour...

Seeing their pictures and hearing all of the stories has my heart pondering a lot of things... Going on a run is always my thinking time...

Recently my running time has me thinking on Uganda...  (I know it is crazy, I didn't even go on the trip:) but how do we take all that we now know and all that they experienced and allow it to change us here...  What does that mean for our lives now... What does it mean for our future... What can we do to help.  It could mean any number of things... we just need to keep praying and try to discern what the Lord's will is... All I know is that once your eyes have been opened to see first hand the poverty and needs, you can't just pretend you don't know or that you didn't see it...

Louis already has a box on his dresser that he is using to save money to go back...

The day after Louis got back he was having an extremely hard time readjusting to life here.  He wanted to get rid of all sorts of things... but the couldn't do it because he wanted to take it all back to them... He knows that they would love to have any of his old stuff...

The 2 boys in the above photo touched a sweet spot in both Lou's and Greg's hearts...


A peek into Africa...




Louis and some of the kids at one of the schools that they visited...


This is he tent where around 1,000 pastors and leaders came to be taught...
The Go Team said that when they arrived at the place where the conference was to be held that there were some that had been there waiting for 4 days with out anything to eat... They were so hungry for God's word, there they were just waiting to be fed...


Beautiful eyes...
So we will see...

Greg has always had a heart for missions... Why else would a man literally give up 2 weeks of his vacation time to go serve... getting dirty in the thick of God's work to the people in Africa??  We both feel a calling to adopt and care for the orphans... God's word calls us to...

 So now how it all comes together or what that plays out to be or looks like for our family is up to Him...

My heart had a little "ugh" moment when a friend sort of implied that those feelings are so normal when someone comes home from a trip like this, and that those feelings quickly fade... I totally get that... but at the same time, that is so not the desire of our hearts to go back to life as usual... So we are trying to discern what God has for us...

If you think of it, will you pray with us...

7 comments:

Tesha said...

Of coarse I will pray Sara. Passion should never be quenched. Our mother church goes to Africa every year, someday we will go with them. My husband went on a mission trip to Guatemala and was never the same. I love your zeal for the lost and hurting. I pray that Jesus would open doors for you and your family that no man can shut.

Cheryl said...

I thought at one time that that "high" from a mission trip would soon be over. I even prayed that God might change his mind on the direction he had for us. Little did I know that I would be living over seas one day. That high never went away it grew. It grew so big that we look forward to the next person God places in our lives to be loved. Is it messy? Yes. Is it tough? Yes. Do we get stuck in the mud and mess and struggle to get out and move forward trusting God with our lives? Yes. I will pray for your family. I pray that God uses you in the best way possible and that you will be a blessing to those who don't know Christ.

Anonymous said...

Love you and will partner in prayer with you. love chris and mary

Anonymous said...

hi sara......loved the photos and story. it looks as though louis will have the same desire as greg for missions. now that's a good trait to pass down! thanks so much for sharing. miss you.
connie

Tesha said...

Hi Sara, thanks for the encouraging words. So my friend tagged me in a blog game. It was kind of fun. I tagged you so if you want to play follow the rules in my blog. By the way I think Kelly's Korner is linking large families this Friday...4 or more. Saying a prayer for you now!

Anonymous said...

I will pray as well. I pray that God will not let you go back to were you were before. That your lives will be changed for the better, that he would give you wisdaom and disernment, and that he will direct your paths always. Carla

Ebe said...

We will pray, Sara. I think that the Holy Spirit is at work in your family with these thoughts and feelings.
Praying with you!

love you!