Labor in Love, and Keep Moving Forward

I've been lying in bed all weekend terribly sick, from what I guess is food poisoning. Friday afternoon the children and I picked up some beans, rice, matoke (cooking bananas) and red dodo, which is a local green leaf. We bought the food at a little local restaurant we usually do not frequent in our neighborhood. I really enjoy Ugandan food, and our lunch was very tasty. I was the only one however who ate the dodo, and I am the only one who got sick.

Spending a few days in bed allowed me time to read a book I recently started about Mary Slessor. She was a Scottish missionary to Calabar, West Africa in 1876. Her story is both stirring, and deeply challenging. I can not help but compare what a difference it is being a foreign worker on this Continent over one hundred and thirty years later! I must admit feeling quite sheepish reading about malaria, yellow fever, and blackwater fever and how foreign workers at that time would just choke back some quinine and hoped it would work. All while being in my cozy bed with my fan on, fully covered under a mosquito net and medical care at my finger tips. Yes things have changed, yet many things are still the same. The same cultural differences and strong holds they had to work through back then, are still very present today, just with a modern twist. Mary was a part of a mission that started 30 years before she landed in Calabar, and yet so few disciples had been made in that seemingly long period of time. True discipleship to Christ costs everything! Whether we are in Uganda, or back in the States the words of Christ are not easy. Yet, His burden is light.

 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. -Matthew 11:28-30

My heart yearns for people to find the rest that only Christ can give. Please pray for the people of Uganda, and for our little outpost in Kampala.

Because of Him,

Natasha



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