Police cars and blue lights. This is what I (Rob) had in mind for my dream job, yet every time I applied for these positions, either the door was closed, or when offered the position, I knew it was not what the Lord wanted. Becky and I knew in our hearts that God wanted us to serve Him in a different way, so we have been searching a lot, and waiting…a lot. What we are confident of is that we serve a God who is faithful to pursue us as we faithfully pursue Him. God has been changing my desires and heart over the past year and confirming to me that teaching and education is where He has gifted me. He was waiting on me to rest in that and trust Him. Once I opened my hands to the Lord, He quickly surprised us by throwing the door wide open to serve Him in a very unexpected place.
After lots and lots of prayer, we have accepted a position with Amazima Ministries in Jinja, Uganda, specifically at the Amazima School. Rob will be serving as a history teacher there as well as coaching soccer (futbol) and Becky will be caring for our kiddos and using her medical skills on campus in the school clinic and in the community. We have committed to serve at the school for two years, which, Lord willing, will begin in January 2019.
Amazima is a relatively new school that opened in February of 2017 with a mission to raise up disciples through a Christ-centered education. The students that attend this school are 100% sponsored and would be unable to go to school otherwise. Education is expensive in Uganda and many times parents are forced to give up their own children to orphanages, so they have an opportunity to go to school and be fed. The students at Amazima live on campus in a family style dorm with dorm “parents” and are mentored and discipled daily. The students selected for the Amazima School are those most in need of assistance to avoid being separated from their families long term. The school calendar allows students to return home regularly. Rob’s role at the school will be primarily as teacher to the transition year students – the equivalent to middle school here in the States. In addition to that, Rob will be team teaching with and training a Ugandan teacher in Western style education. The educational goal of Amazima is to prepare the students to be lifelong learners and thinkers who will become leaders for Christ in their villages and country once finished with school.
As you can imagine, this is a HUGE life change for our family. Our heads are spinning as we prepare to transition to a completely new culture and country! There are so many unknowns about this big move, and yet, we are certain God is leading us to this new place. As we take this exciting step of faith, we desperately need and desire your prayers! We know that our Faithful God will hear us and will answer and will meet our needs according to His will.
Those needs include our practical needs. As we look at a budget for a family of five to make this move as well as the living costs in Jinja, we have a big need for financial support as well. Our goal is to raise $6800 in monthly support and about $18,000 in one time giving. We know that the Lord has called us and He will meet our needs for monthly partners and one-time givers who will come alongside us financially and in prayer.
So…we would like to ask you to pray about becoming a partner with us as we move to Uganda. Thank you for considering this request and we look forward to talking with you personally in the weeks ahead.
Grace and peace,
Rob and Becky Ames