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"Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer"- Romans 12:12

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As children we all had hopes and dreams for our own future. For some, those hopes and dreams from childhood come true, and then sometimes, as we get older, those hopes and dreams change. When I was a little girl I always wanted to be a doctor, a teacher, and a nurse, all at the same time of course. My rational was that the doctor made the money, the teacher loved kids and got to work with them every day, and the nurse got to give the shots- priorities, right? I also always dreamed of having a family of my own one day, and that dream has never faded. Never in a million years did I think I would be living in Uganda as a full time missionary, with a family full of boys, doctoring them, teaching them, and nursing them back to life. This life may look different than what I imagined as a little girl, but let me tell you, I wouldn't trade this life for anything. Some days here are nothing but joy and laughter and some days here are filled with frustration and tears, but every day God con

Death is defeated...the King is ALIVE

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These last few weeks, here in Uganda, have been pretty eventful so I will try to summarize as best as I can. We are still in the most recent lockdown and still have about 40 days left. Things seem to be moving at a much more normal pace this time though, including the crazy traffic and too many taxis. There are still some rules being enforced around town or at district crossings, but I think even the police are over trying to enforce everything that has been restricted for so long. The lockdown has actually brought more boys to the streets and more boys to me, so I am busier than ever trying to keep up with them and the need. Since the last update, another one of my boys, Meddi, had a minor surgery but I removed his stitches yesterday and he's recovering well, praise God! I've become really good friends with one of the doctors at the clinic I take the boys to, so it's typically a smooth process when I do have to go. We always agree on course of treatment and he lets me main

Breaking Chains and Moving Mountains

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As I sit here typing this update, Uganda has once again extended lockdown for another 60 days. Even though the number of Covid cases have drastically decreased, and are almost now none, the president is following suit of last year, and maintaining lockdown as long as he can. There are a few positive changes from the last lockdown, though, including the following;  -You can now drive private vehicles with no more than 3 people in a car and can cross district borders.         -Bodas (motorcycles) can have 1 passenger now as long as the driver and passenger are masked.  -Public transportation on taxi or bus can operate at 50% capacity following SOP guidelines.  -Some shops can now reopen with SOP restrictions.  Then the continued negatives: Churches, schools, gyms, and select other market stores are still closed for another 60 days, and you can not gather in groups of more than 20.  None of the reasoning behind it makes sense, and the restrictions are killing more people in this country t

But God....

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I honestly don't even know where to begin with this update, as the last few weeks have been sort of a blur and have held so many emotions. I want to update everyone as best as I can, so forgive me if it becomes jumbled and heavy somewhere along the way.  Just 4 days after my last update the president of Uganda began a partial lockdown of the country, due to "rising COVID cases". This lockdown began on June 7th at 8am with school and church closures for 42 days, gathering restrictions of no more than 20 people, district border crossing restrictions, and curfew changes. The first week of this lockdown seemed fine. I was able to meet about 20 boys at the local Rugby field to have bible study and play games, a group of 10 of us walked to a village about 3 miles outside of the city looking for rooms to rent, we were able to give about 80 street kids take away bags of cooked rice and beans, and I had some new friends from the states stay with me for a few days, which was so goo

Beautifully Busy

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Time....There are moments that seem to last an eternity, and moments that seem to flee so quickly. Lately I feel like I've experienced the latter, here in Uganda. It has been about 3 weeks since I last updated, and so much has happened in that time. I'm sure there's many moments that I'll forget to add to the update, but God has definitely given me many special moments to experience and be a part of over this last 3 weeks. I have been in Uganda for 8 weeks now and I have experienced God's beautiful work in every single day.  Since I last updated we finished our first full class of Following Jesus on Kembo Island. As I explained last time, there was so much to be taught and so much to be learned, but God moved in mighty ways. We had about 75 people each day who came and heard the word of God, learned about following Jesus, and learned how to disciple as Jesus commands us. About 45 of those attendees were Pastors and Ministers of the churches on the island, and many o

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is GOOD!

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I continue to be humbled and amazed daily by the work of our Lord, Jesus Christ. God is moving in so many mighty ways, here in Uganda, and I'm not even sure I have enough words to describe the vast amount of greatness that I'm witnessing in His moving.  Shortly after my last update we began our weekly trips to Kembo Island, on Lake Victoria, to teach a revised version of the Following Jesus course that is offered at my home church, Experience Community Church, in Tennessee, to pastors. This class teaches the basics of what it looks like to be a Jesus follower and how we are to help new believers in the process. At first I was a little nervous about teaching this, even though I knew with certainty that it was what God was calling me to do. The thought of teaching pastors the simplicity of the Gospel and how to walk with Jesus was intimidating. What if they're annoyed that I'm teaching them too simply? What if they come once and never come back because they think they alr

The Goodness of God

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Hello friends! I am so happy to be writing this current update from my new home in UGANDA! I arrived here on April 8th with 2 of my brothers from my home church, Mike and DJ, and let me just tell you, God provided such smooth transitions to get here. It was probably the easiest travel I've ever had, Praise God! We hit the ground running when we got here, trying to get things set up for the house like getting a fridge (which has a small freezer, Praise God for ice!), a safe to keep my documents secure, some solar lights (because the electricity goes out almost daily and for security), and a stove to cook on. We were able to get so much accomplished in such a short time and I'm so thankful for the time and energy my brothers put into getting everything set up for me before they left. This week, since they left, has been just trying to get settled in, get unpacked and making this house my home for the next few years. I've been trying to learn some of the ropes with the market