June 19, 2015

PRAISING GOD IN THE MUNDANE


Humdrum, dull, boring, tedious, monotonous, tiresome, wearisome, unexciting... you get the point. These are all synonyms for the word mundane.

I believe that all Christians are on the mission field. Where you are today, is an opportunity to serve others and shine the light of Jesus Christ. You don't need to live in the third world to be a missionary. We are all called to be sojourners. But living in the third world, there can and is days that are simply mundane. Not everyday is filled with feeding starving babies, or pouring into vulnerable children, or even sharing the gospel with hungry souls. Some days are simply filled with changing poopy diapers, cleaning spit up off of my clothes, soothing crying children, and teaching and instilling Christian principles into the little souls God has entrusted me with. It seems so unexciting at times. 

So please be encouraged that even on your most wearisome days, to praise God and know that He can use whatever you are going through for His glory. Whether you are a stay-at-home parent, or you put in a 12 hour shift at the factory, or you have a 9-5 job sitting in the office ect. What you are doing has worth, and is important. 

"Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." Colossians 3:17

These have been some of my thoughts this week, as Charlton was on a trip to Kenya. Doing exciting ministry related things with Mark White. I'd be lying if I said that I did not wish I could just get up and go! But God has a beautiful plan, and we all have a beautiful and unique role to play. 


Dear Lord, I pray that whoever reads this shall have your comfort, joy, peace, love, and guidance. I may not know their troubles-- but You do.

Because of Jesus,

Natasha


June 12, 2015

UGANDA: OUR NEW HOME

From the outside looking in— one may not give these gates a second thought.




From the outside looking in— ordinary, peeling paint hides the beauty that lies within.


The beauty that I speak of, is children. Precious, priceless, lovable, beautiful Uganda children. We have a wonderful mix of about 38 boys and girls living life behind these gates— all from different walks of life. But during the week you will find close to 100 children here, going to primary school. The one thing that I can say for certain, that all these children have in common, is that they have a Father in heaven who loves them deeply. 

Family and friends, we would like to introduce you to our new home away from home. 

Welcome to SASCU!


Our family drove into Uganda with our van packed to the brim with all our earthly possessions on June 1st. 


Since then we have been settling into our new home, which Future Hope Ministries leased for our family to live in for the year. It is about ten minutes away from where we will be working. In Kenya, our home had the clinic running out of it, and we had people coming and going all day, everyday. So, I can not tell you just how nice the past couple of weeks have been, being in a home where we can just sit back and take a deep breath.



But sitting back and taking a deep breath, is not something that we will be able to do often, for there is lots of work to do! :)

Our number one mission is teaching about the Kingdom of God, and making disciples. So, we want to get to know the staff, create friendships, and pray that a doors will open for true discipleship. We want to pour into all the adults that play a role in these children’s lives. 

Mark and Laura White have been doing everything in their power these past few years to make sure all the needs of these children have been met. We absolutely love the White family, and appreciate all the hard work that they have been, and are continuing to do.

The children at SASCU, like I mentioned above are precious.  They are really good kids, but having said that, we certainly have our work cut out for us. We are coming in as a mom and dad figure. Guiding these children spiritually, and showing them what a godly marriage looks like. After observing for a few days, we feel like initially establishing some authority is going to be extremely important. Our desire is love, and treat each child like they are our own. 

In the immediate future Charlton, and Nashon will be doing spiritual assessments with each one of the children to see exactly where they are at; what they believe, and why they believe what they do. Like I said, each child comes from a different background, and the Prosperity Gospel is VERY prominent in Kampala. One thing that we are all really excited about is starting a children’s church at SASCU next Sunday morning! WOOWHOO! More details on that later...


Now, for those of you who do not know Nashon, he is a brother-in-Christ who moved to Kampala with us from Kenya. He totally gets the vision, and is a really great young man. ( I will be posting more about him soon, with some fun stories to share.) 


Family, and friends-- we love you dearly. Thanks for taking the time to read about our newest adventure. Please continue to pray for us. I will close by sharing a few more photos with you.

Because of Jesus,

Natasha




Charlton, Me, Mark & Wanda

This is beautiful little girl is named Noel. She told me that she has no siblings, so I told her that Hadassah can be her little sister. Every free moment she has now when we are around, you will see her wanting to hold and care for Hadassah. Such a little mama!




Ava's first day at SASCU! Needless to say, she had fun playing with chalk.

Boaz's first day at SASCU! He is coloring with a little boy named Emma.


May 14, 2015

FORGET THE FROCK

Forget the Frock! Forget the what!?

Forget the Frock is a movement that encourages people to forego the frilly frock of Easter attire, and purchase a shirt with a purpous instead. Well, I appear to be about five weeks late on posting something like this about Easter right? Wrong! When we returned home from Kisumu we were greeted by a package from our church family from back in Kentucky. They decided to participate in this movement, by purchasing shirts that raised money for our family! Not only did they send us all a t-shirt, but they sent us photo's of everyone who wore there shirt on Easter Sunday. As well as cards and art work from the children.

This was such a great idea, and a totally sweet gesture. We feel honored to have people continuing to pray for us, and encouraging us with their love. Thank you Oasis.

Kristo Amefufuka is Swahili for Christ Is Risen.