So in my mind, I was as prepared as I could be for what God had in store. But how does the saying go? God laughs when we make plans? Yeah that sounds about right. The statement made already half a dozen times this trip is “Well, that’s never happened!”
God most definitely has His hand in this trip. We are just following His plan, and it is so incredibly humbling to recognize our minuscule part in this mission. Don’t get me wrong. I am beyond grateful to be called to serve in this capacity. Not many people have the opportunity to serve half way around the world. But this is His trip.
Our devotion this morning solidified this - Debbie shared the verse on her heart this morning before we set out for the Church in Soroti. It was from John 15:4-7. And her devotion read: “I know exactly what this day will contain, whereas you have only vague ideas about it. You would like to see a map, showing all the twists and turns of your journey. However, there is a better way to be prepared for whatever you will encounter today.” Indeed.
I’m one of the “newbies” on the trip, so the team asked me to share some of my observations with fresh eyes. This country is beautiful. The people are beautiful. They are wise and humble and so solid in their knowledge of the Word.
Do you know what the biggest prayer requests from the children were today? They did not ask for new clothes (theirs were threadbare) or food to eat (I did not see them eat all day besides the fruit off the trees) or shoes for their feet (they had none). They asked for God to help them be humble and wise. For wisdom and humility. Talk about a sobering moment.
These babies were asking to be more humble. So as I sit here reflecting on our first day of mission work, I can honestly confirm what all other missionaries know: I will never be the same.
We handed out 1000 nets, the Ugandan doctors and nurses served over 800 patients, and we prayed for 125 people - 75 of those children. Thank you, God, for the opportunity to serve You in this capacity. And thank You for all of our blessings.