Tuesday, April 28, 2009

whoa...God!


I have a couple of prayer requests to mention:
1. My grandfather (Papa) had surgery yesterday on his foot and he will be in his bed for a long time. Please just pray for him to be okay with being in bed for a while (he tends to get ahead of himself)
2. My grandparents best friends' (Mr. and Mrs. Brubaker) son committed suicide on Friday and they found out on Sunday. They are having a really really rough time with this and need all of the prayers they can get (prayer, peace, comfort) EVERYTHING.
3. I went to the doctor today and found out I have bronchitis that is turning into pneumonia. I am soo thankful for the doctor today because I am afraid if I had not gone that I would have not been able to go to Uganda. There is still a chance that I will not be better in time for Uganda, but I am pretty sure God wants me there so...I guess I better get better!

Thanks for keeping them in your prayers!

P.S. God has been doing some amazing things in my life in the past 3 days! I just pray he continues to prepare my heart for Uganda!
This is our schedule for our entire trip while Catherine and I are over in Uganda and our activities are listed below too! Just thought y'all would want to have an idea of what we will be doing and what to pray for!

Tuesday May 12- Depart for EBB  KLM
Wednesday May 13- Arrive EBB KLM 561 815PM
Thursday May 14- Gabba Church, Bethany Village (Andi go to bank during Gabba Church visit), Lunch in Kampala, Visit to Buloba
Friday May 15  AM- prayer walk  PM- Play with kids at school
Saturday May 16 AM- visit with ARM project kids?/ door to door         PM- VBS with kids at school
Sunday May 17-Church Gabba, Buloba.  Lunch (take away) in Buloba  Evening- Evangelism Movie (Jesus Film?)
Monday May 18- door to door PM- eye glasses distribution
Tuesday May 19- Eye Glasses distribution
Wednesday May 20- AM- eye glasses distribution PM- door to door
Thursday May 21- Depart early to Jinja, Nile, falls, bungee, Downtown Market

May

23rd - 24th        May Bethany Village

25th – 29th Wentz Medical Center/ Maranatha School

30th  Sat Bethany Village

31th  Sun Gaba Church Service

 

June

1st  -  4th Wentz Medical center/ Bunga Hill School

5th  -  6th – 7th    Safari

8th     Mon Day off (shopping & chilling)

9th – 12th Wentz MC/ School

13 Sat Shopping Departure

  1. Schools:
    • Maranatha 
    • Bunga Hill primary school

Activities

·      Story telling

·      Marking books

·      Serving books

  1. Bethany orphanage:

 Activities

·      Making beds

·      Gardening

·      Playing with kids

·      Cooking

·      Washing clothes

·      Do home work kids

  1. Clinic:

Activities

·      Community visit

·      Immunization

·      Mosquito net distribution

·      Nursing care

·      Nursing processes

Time: 9am – 4pm 

Sunday, April 26, 2009

A THANK YOU

My heart yearns to tell my parents thank you. I have been thinking A LOT lately of how lucky I am to have the most wonderful opportunities to do so many different things. I have the best parents in the world. They are absolutely in love with God, genuinely caring and beautifully loving people. They are so perfect in every way. I thank God for them everyday and yet it never seems like enough. I just want to hug them every day and say thank you and tell them how much I appreciate there love for me, my brother, and my sister! I am so completely and utterly amazed at how I DO NOT deserve to have them as my parents and WHY did God choose to give them to me? Did He know I would need them? did he know I would love and care for them as much as they love and care for me? OF COURSE! And that is what is so marvelous about the whole situation....how the GOD ABOVE ALL could make these two beautiful people, allow them to get married, and create me. How he could know that I would grow up to love them more than anything else in this world, and how he could know that I would need these two amazing people. I just don't understand. i would love to be able to someday have a glimpse as to why I deserved these two AWESOME people as my parents?!?! How would I ever be able to tell them how much I love them, how much I am thankful for them, and how much I cannot wait to spend eternity with them worshipping our creator?!? They are absolutely positively the number one influence on my walk with Christ. They are the most beautiful amazing creatures that I will never understand, and yet God gave them TO ME. They are MY PARENTS! WHYYYYYYYYY??? I can't believe all the wonderful amazing opportunities they have given me: Australia, West country trip, Colorado, Mexico, New York, Chicago, Mediterranean cruise, Kenya, and this summer UGANDA! WOW...they have literally taken me around the world and back. All for me to be able to have the opportunity. not for them. They are soo humble. All they do is give and give and give. And how could I ever be mad at them? How could I ever not be thankful for all that I have? Am I that consumed in my selfishness? Am I that concerned about what I don't have to miss out on how much I DO HAVE? I stand in amazement, wishing, praying, hoping, I could someday love them as much as they love me.

I LOVE YOU MOM AND DAD!

As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him. Psalm 103:6

Saturday, April 25, 2009

the joys of life!

Today my mother came to Auburn, which made me very happy! I haven't seen my family in a couple of weeks so it was great to see her! And then I was sick all day today. I am not really sure why I have been so sick for so long but I am about ready to get over this. I legitimately have been sick for 2 and 1/2 months. Okay, also, my mom took me shopping today and we bought everything I needed for my new townhouse to clean. And yet the entire time we were picking out stuff to buy all I could think about was whether or not the Ugandans would buy it. For some reason I feel as though God is preparing my heart more than ever now and everyday. Every single day I feel more and more prepared then the day before. I have nooo idea why today when I was shopping it was soo hard for me to buy certain things. A couple of times I asked my mom if she was sure she wanted to buy it for me because I just wasn't sure if it was too expensive (which doesn't make sense because everything we bought today was cheap!). But when we walked into best buy it made me sick. I walked over to the T.V. section and it made me want to sit there for hours and just watch t.v. And then I started thinking about it. Leslie and I have been living in this new house for 2 and a half weeks and we have not had a T.V. at all. And besides not knowing about severe weather...it has been the GREATEST because we don't just sit down and watch an hour long t.v. show. Instead we go outside and go for an hour long run or bike ride. Or the other day when I had an hour long break before Leslie got out of class and we could go home instead of going home and coming back to pick her up I just walked to the church and played the piano for one hour and it was  GREAT! I was able to sit there and worship God on a wednesday morning at 10 right after I got out of class!...and so at best buy i was thinking wow....all i had to do was walk into this building to be completely consumed in what I don't have thinking O if I had this t.v. or O if I had this sound system...and it made me sooo upset because I just can't imagine what a $3,000 t.v. could buy for Ugandans? and we would spend it on a T.V.!!!!!?!?!!? 
I just think it is absolutely amazing how God can use a day that you would never ever think would change anything about your life to completely rearrange the way you see things. It honestly makes me never want to go shopping again. Because a majority of the people in this world don't have t.v.'s and we are always looking for a better one, a bigger one, a higher quality one, when does it ever stop? When will the time come that everybody will walk into best buy and think....what the heck am i doing here...I have a perfectly fine t.v. at home?
And so...I am 100% aware of how lucky I am, how blessed my family is, and how thankful I should be for everything I have...even if I don't have the next best t.v. or the next best anything. I am SOOO thankful for my mother and father. I am SOOO thankful that my mother came to visit me today. And I am sooo thankful that I have the opportunity to go to UgandA!

P.S. I forgot to comment about my frat-party hold up.
Tonight I was supposed to go dancing with my friends meredith and meredith and we were going be at phi tau right now listening to 17th floor play rap music and dance too. And I was sitting in my room going to be "going out" clothes on, and I just started thinking about it. I started thinking about the last time I went to a frat party and how I started crying because I couldn't stand seeing people make the mistake of getting drunk or drunk girls making out with drunk guys. It made me absolutely sick that I would even be associated with that because it totally wasn't me, but anybody who was there would have assumed I was just as drunk as everybody else. So tonight I called meredith after looking at my pros and cons and my CONS were a whole lot more abundant! So I decided against going and now I am about to fall asleep so I am really really glad i didn't end up going . If I ended up going I probably wouldn't have wanted to stay there so I just didn't go!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

picture number one. this is for Jon Brennan and the warriors club!
hmmm....this is my first blog and the only reason I really created this blog is to update y'all on my life in Uganda! Also I will post pictures frequently!