2/2/12

Transitions

Our ministry has taken us to the town of Torroro since my last update. The first couple of days in our new location were spent starting conversations with random people in the marketplace with the hope of eventually sharing the gospel and praying for them. It has been beyond amazing to see God at work - a blind man was healed through one of the girls on my team - and more than anything, I'm fired up to apply what I have been learning from these experiences to situations back home in the US.

Since then, we have been spending the majority of our time visiting and encouraging sick people at a nearby hospital. One patient in particular, a 25 year old single mother named Cathy, stood out to me. Cathy has been paralyzed from the waist down since 2008 and consequently has struggled to support her five year old child, Charles. Still, it has been incredibly inspirational to see Cathy remain so positive in the face of these (and many other) hardships. There was such a tangible joy about her and it was obvious that she got her strength from relying solely on Jesus. Her attitude is truly a testament to her faith and is something that I hope to eventually emulate.

In other news, I have been struggling with homesickness and missing certain people as of late. There definitely have been days when it becomes a battle just to stay positive and focused on why God has placed me here. I try to remind myself that transformation into the man the Lord intends me to be will require a great deal of patience and discomfort. Please be praying that God would grant me that patience and obedience to carry out His will here in Uganda.

On a more positive note, the home that we have been staying at for the past 10 days actually has a functional toilet! As fun as peeing into a hole in the ground has been, I was pretty geeked up about being able to flush stuff down for the first time since leaving Atlanta a month ago (has it really been that long??). I'll definitely be missing the good life as we prepare to spend the next week living in some remote village out in the middle of nowhere - it's going to be an interesting experience to say the least. More updates to come as soon as I next get access to the internet!

P.S. This song has been stuck in my head over the past week. Thought I would share it with you all.