A glimpse at life here - photo update July/August 2019

Rob’s first Ugandan field trip to Kampala and Nelson Mandel Football Stadium.

We finally snagged some hand-me-down bikes for the big kids and they are thrilled!! Riding nonstop:)

We finally snagged some hand-me-down bikes for the big kids and they are thrilled!! Riding nonstop:)

Best tasting trophy EVER!! Rob was able to play goalie on the Amazima staff football (soccer) team and they won…3 goats!! See below also.

Best tasting trophy EVER!! Rob was able to play goalie on the Amazima staff football (soccer) team and they won…3 goats!! See below also.

Soccer in the rainy season gets a little muddy.

Soccer in the rainy season gets a little muddy.

As close to Target as it gets…the aisle in the “grocery” store with years old and dusty toys from who knows where. After being here over 7 months now, this is exciting:). See below too.

As close to Target as it gets…the aisle in the “grocery” store with years old and dusty toys from who knows where. After being here over 7 months now, this is exciting:). See below too.

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Avocados the size of your head that cost almost nothing! Guacamole anyone?!

Avocados the size of your head that cost almost nothing! Guacamole anyone?!

We found a place in town to buy tape and envelopes!! The staples of Jinja. You literally just stand in the entrance and look at the shelves stacked to the ceiling and hope you can see what you need.

We found a place in town to buy tape and envelopes!! The staples of Jinja. You literally just stand in the entrance and look at the shelves stacked to the ceiling and hope you can see what you need.

Anavah’s bike gang on campus:). Although it did turn into a toddler fight over her bodaboda (motorcycle).

Anavah’s bike gang on campus:). Although it did turn into a toddler fight over her bodaboda (motorcycle).

Science trip to the “nursery” with Uncle Adam (one of our friends and family mentors here who loves plants - see below).

Science trip to the “nursery” with Uncle Adam (one of our friends and family mentors here who loves plants - see below).

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Fresh squeezed pineapple juice!! yum!!!

Fresh squeezed pineapple juice!! yum!!!

Baseball practice.

Baseball practice.

When there are not parks with playgrounds…the drying rack becomes the climbing gym!

When there are not parks with playgrounds…the drying rack becomes the climbing gym!

Rob has started an F3 (Faith, Fellowship and Fitness) group on campus for students. He is loving it and so are the students.

Rob has started an F3 (Faith, Fellowship and Fitness) group on campus for students. He is loving it and so are the students.

TIA — This is Africa

TIA — This is Africa

We have now been here for two months which has flown by! We have just been settling in and getting used to our new “normal.” We have been surprised at many things, but we have been kept steady by God’s continued faithfulness to meet and pursue us here. We are out of our comfort zones in more ways than not and it is really good. Here are some updates from our part of the world.

The countdown is on...6 days to departure!!

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The countdown is on....
6 days to departure!!

 

We take off January 8th and time is flying!

First of all, we want to say a huge thank you to all of your for your financial and prayer support as we embark on this journey.  We have been blown away at God's provision and the ways that only He provides and works and moves to bring us all together on this mission.  We wanted to give y'all an update and prayer requests before we take off so that you know how best to pray with us.

Packing, packing, packing.....

Right now, we are consumed with packing and preparing supplies for a year, which is quite overwhelming at times.  God has been so good to remind us (as we have had several moments of anxiety over all that is to be done) that He alone is the provider of our needs.  We will forget things and we will live:)  We most often think we need a lot more than we actually do...oh how this process is sifting us in good ways!

Itinerary

We take off Tuesday January 8th and are set to land in Uganda on January 9th.  We will have the blessing of flying most of the trip with some of our team mates headed to serve with us at Amazima.  Almost our entire team will be on the flight from Amsterdam to Uganda!  Once we arrive, we will drive another three hours (or so) to Jinja, and stay in a hotel the first night.  We have a place to land which is a huge blessing!  Amazima purchased a small apartment compound, so we will have an apartment when we first arrive that is furnished (yay!) and we can stay there while we look for a compound of our own.  This is a big blessing and will help us be in a secure place with other Amazima staff while we get acclimated to our new surroundings. 

Prayer requests.....


  • Please pray with us for peace and joy as we finish up packing (as it is a very daunting task).  We desire to stay focused on what we are doing and who we are going to serve!
  • Please pray for our traveling - for health, for gracious airline employees as we have a LOT of bins to check in and weigh, for our seating arrangements on the plane as we aren't quite sure how traveling with three kiddos will look as we have to split up on the plane, for safety, and that we would not be so distracted with all the details of travel that we forget to keep our spiritual eyes open for God appointments and His purposes in all of these details!
  • Please pray with us and our families as we are so excited for where we are headed, but also grieving as we will miss our family and friends SO much.  Grief and excitement are difficult to process simultaneously. 
  • Please pray with us and our families as we transition to our time away.  We are SO excited for where the Lord is leading us, yet we are very sad to leave our families and friends for this extended period of time.  Grief and excitement are difficult to process simultaneously. 
  • Finally, please pray with Chad and Kim (Becky's brother and sister-in-law) as Kim will start chemo two days after we fly out.  Their new baby girl Elizabeth Virginia is doing well, and we are praying for a peaceful time as they just enjoy their new baby girl before jumping back into chemo again.  We are asking God for His will above all and we do ask for Kim to have healing through this treatment. 
We would love for you all to pray this with us - 2 Thessalonians 1.11-12

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling, and that by His power He may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.  We pray this so that the  name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord of Jesus Christ. 


 
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