There was a little talk of the trip to Uganda circulating through BridgePoint, but I was floored when I was asked to join the team as the videographer!! Ahh! I’m honestly freaking out thinking about being there in August, just a few short months away.
The picture above is from the only city in Uganda, Kampala. Uganda’s official language is Swahili and those who have been to school know some English. The entire country is about the size of one of our states. Our team of 6, including my husband, will be staying with a missionary family that has lived there for over 10 years serving the people for Jesus, the Nesters. They raise up other churches, pastors, and Christians through their ministry. I have heard of the great work they have been doing over there since I was in middle school going to my old church. And if you would have told me, then, that I would be going over to serve in their same mission, I wouldn’t have believed you. I am not going to go assuming that all of you know what I’m talking about or have the same beliefs that I do. But I believe my life will be changed while I’m over there. I can already feel the anticipation running through my body. You would think that the focus would be more on the ones I’m going to visit, and probably should, but to be honest, I know the deep impact they will make on my heart, my view of the world, and it’s need for Christ.
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
I’ve always heard of the great need for Jesus around the world. And of course I believed it. I have always believed it. Even here in my town, home, state. I’ve seen it. But where we live, sometimes it’s easy to forget about the “all nations” part in Matthew 28:19. I will probably be so annoying to you all when I return. Talking all about the people I’ve met and the whole different world that I have learned about and experienced. But most of all, my hope is to learn the great need of the Gospel to be spread throughout all nations and peoples throughout the world. Like a brick hitting me in the face, I hope I learn that. I hope that I see people’s lives drastically changed because of Jesus, just as I have seen here. I hope, also, that I don’t die.
Okay. I am a little scared of flying for the first time. Going to a place with a language barrier for the first time. And sadly, the new bugs that I’ll have to face for those 10 days in Uganda. I am not going to lie to you. I am scared of the bugs. So scared.
Our church has been praying for this mission for a few months and some have been able to actively join in the mission. Of course, not all of you will be able to come to Uganda, or another foreign country, to spread the Gospel. But when you support financially and in prayer, you are joining our team in a way that is just as important as the missionaries who are going. We will need to raise $20,000. This is not the main point or reason of this post, so don’t go all crazy thinking I’ve been trying to manipulate you to give. If you don’t want to give to this mission, then don’t! It’s that simple! Seriously. But for those of you who do, what a great opportunity to serve those in need! God will provide for our financial needs through other people who want to serve and send the Gospel to all people.
We’ll be bringing over extra suitcases full of candy, flip flops, ties, and other American goodies that can’t be found over there! I can’t wait to see all of the children flocking around us and actually being able to give them something!
Please be praying for me and David, Pastor Eric Ashley, his wife (my sister), Amy, Pastor Brian, and Jerilyn White as we continue to prepare for our travel!
To give please visit https://my.simplegive.com/g3/h/ and use the Uganda Missions Trip tab.