If I am honest with you, this new year of women’s discipleship has been challenging to me in all aspects: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In January, we celebrated meeting for a year. And while I didn’t verbalize my expectation, deep-down I was anticipating way more spiritual growth and eagerness to be transformed by Jesus than had actually happened. After a couple meetings in the new year, I was discouraged and frustrated.
But after a lot of prayer, I came to two realizations when it comes to the women’s discipleship. One, it’s not my place to judge these women’s hearts or push the women to be more “transformed” in the way they live and choose to follow Jesus. Two, God gives me grace every single day. I don’t deserve it. I don’t deserve His forgiveness or His love. But He gives it to me anyway. I make mistakes. I disobey. I’m stubborn and selfish. I sin. So do these women. So I should extend grace and let God do the rest.
After confessing my hard heart to the ladies, we had a challenging day of truth. We had some serious and hard conversations. I could feel the tension between our earthly desires and God’s way for us. It was so strong that I could feel the battle of flesh and spirit. But we walked away with hope. Not because we deserved it, but because in Christ, there is LIFE. After our time here on earth, no matter the hardships, we have hope in eternal life. “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” (Hebrews 13:14 NLT)
So please be praying for the ladies in the women’s discipleship group that I’m leading. Please be praying for Mary, my co-leader, who is also learning so much and being transformed. And please pray for my heart to be open and loving as I continue to lead these women to truly live for Jesus.
I have been listening the audio book by Bob Goff ” Everybody Always”. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. It’s a really good book about loving people. And not in the “because the Bible tells me to” but the in practical everyday life reality of who we are called to be in Christ.
Early on in his book, he challenged me about being called a missionary. We are all on the mission field and we are all called to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” – Matthew 28:19-20. Continue reading
This is our BIG prayer for 2019!!!
Every year we look back on what we have been a part of and reflect on what God has done (and is doing). We also begin to dream and plan for what the new year will bring, praying that God will continue to exceed our plans and goals with what He will do. After reflecting on what God did in 2018 through NTCC-Mbale (see post HERE), we are now daring to dream about what God might do in 2019: Continue reading
We were so blessed to spend Christmas this year in the States. We were able to visit supporters, churches, friends, and family at an incredibly fun time of the year. Plus, we were able to remember COLD! (Gina and Adalyn were less excited about it than I was.) Having spent the past two Christmas’ in Uganda and away from family (for the most part), we truly appreciate the joy of sitting at the same table, sharing the same meal, watching kids open presents, and simply being together.
In the words of the great Garth Brooks, “Looking back…”
Every year we look back on what we as a mission in Mbale, Uganda have been a part of to reflect on what God has done (and is doing). We also begin to dream and plan for what the New Year will bring in the ministry, praying that God will continue to exceed our plans and goals with what He will do. Here’s an overview of what the ministry focused on and did in 2018 (2019 Preview is coming SOON). Continue reading
One of the elements of missionary / ex-patriot life that I was not anticipating and has been an incredible blessing is the cultural diversity. I knew we would be surrounded by Ugandan and East African cultures, but I didn’t really think about all the many other cultures we get to experience living among other missionary and ex-pat workers here. The beautiful mix of people, language, and cultures makes serving here a special and unique experience. We get to celebrate different holidays with our multi-national friends who live here Continue reading
Adalyn got to celebrate her birthday, both by dressing up at a school party and having a superhero birthday party. She had a blast playing with her friends and is loved well. We are thankful for another year of our spunky, fun, energetic and beautiful daughter. Here are the questions for this year… Continue reading