THE JOY OF DISCIPLESHIP AND SERVING GOD
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." Colossians 3:16-17
Getting back into the groove of things, after being away from home for several months certainly can have it's challenges. But I would say that we have been adjusting wonderfully since we have been back. I know that Heidi and Elizabeth have had some homesickness, but that seems to be a natural thing, especially when you leave everything you know to go to a new place with new people.
I think the thing that has helped the children and myself the most is having a routine again. Also, remembering to have the mindset that everything we do in word or deed, we are doing for the glory of Christ Jesus in thanksgiving! So every morning when we wake up, we get dressed, have breakfast, and usually have a time for a family devotional. Then we get ready for kindergarten home-school, which honestly takes us about an hour and a half to get through. Boaz will sit and listen here and there, before getting distracted with one of his cars. And Hadassah will have a morning nap at this time. We enjoying spending time reading after school is over, then its about time to get lunch on the table, a little outside play, and then nap time for Ava and Boaz. Charlton has been spending most of his time in one-one-discipleship with several brothers, preparing for mid-week and Sunday fellowship, as well as preparing teachings for the street boys we visit. We volunteer with a local organization for that particular outreach several times a week, weather permitting. He is also working with brothers to logistically scout out future home accomidations for our family and the other familes who will be joining us. The business aspect of this mission is still in its developmental stage, so we are earnestly asking for prayers from all of you. Wanda, Elizabeth, and Heidi are in the process of setting up a solid medical missions team that will reach many different people. They spend most of their time researching and brainstorming ways to reach out and help women who are thinking about abortion, as well as developing a mobile medical mission. They will actually start deworming a local children's home this upcoming Monday.
One of the highlights of being back in Uganda for me, has been getting to know a sister-in-Christ named Rehema. She helps me out around the house a few days a week, and I am so thankful for that time! It takes a huge load off my back having her here. For example, we have tropical flies here in Uganda that lay eggs on wet clothes, and the eggs implant into your skin from the clothes and maggots breed. And YES, I have squeezed a hand full of maggots out of Boaz... arms, legs, and back! But there is a way to kill the eggs, and that is by heat. So every item of clothing that we have, including bed sheets/towels/undergarments, have to be ironed after they are dry. It is a lot of work, washing, ironing, cleaning, cooking, and taking care of three children with one on the way. So praise the Lord for a set of extra hands. With Rehema being here, we also have the opportunity to get into Biblical conversations with one other, and really share kingdom teachings. We've also started reading lessons, and hope to get through the book Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons as soon as possible. That is an awesome resource, not only for children, but for adults. And Rehema is very intelligent.