January was a full month…After wrapping up the holidays, we started homeschool again, although we didn’t take two full weeks off at Christmastime. We are trying to not take more school breaks than needed, so that if/when things get quite busy for our family, we will not fall behind in our school schedule for this year. Things are going well in terms of home schooling, and Audrey is really beginning to gain confidence in her reading. When she reads a couple of sentences without having to sound out any words, she is quite thrilled and will exclaim something like, “I’m really reading!” It has been a joy to have so much quality time this year with her and Simon while watching them learn and grow. It is not always easy each day, especially with a couple of little 23-month old distractions running around, climbing on the school desks, getting into the crayons, etc., haha! Regardless, it has been a blessing for all of us. We are still praying about what God would have us to do in terms of school next year for Audrey and Simon. We are more open now than we have been before about them attending the small school in Mbale instead of homeschooling, and see that there could be many benefits for both of them, as well as our family in general, to go in this direction. We know that God will make things clear for us in His timing, and we are thankful that there is even more than one option available for us in terms of education.
Over the MLK Jr. weekend, we, along with Audrey and Simon, were able to attend the Fellowship Dinner that Grace International Children’s Foundation (www.ugandaorphans.org) has each year to thank their supporters, share updates of the children at Lulwanda Children’s Home, and allow others to come and see what God has done over the past year. It was a blessing to be there for many reasons. We enjoyed spending time with Rob and Cathy Marshall, and the kids loved going to look for turtles with Mr. Rob. The Marshalls are both an encouragement to us in many ways, and we are so grateful for their advice, care, kindness, and love of the Lulwanda children.
We also were thankful to be able to spend some time with Natalie, another missionary from Lulwanda who is currently in the states on a sabbatical. She has served in Uganda for several years now, so her experience and insight is helpful to us as we are preparing to move. We were also thrilled to be able to see and catch up with Pastor Morris and his wife, Aidah. Pastor Morris is the Pastor in Uganda whose church we will attend in Mbale; Lulwanda is under the umbrella of his ministry. Audrey and Simon finally warmed up to Morris and Aidah and had fun playing with them! Our kiddos can be quite shy, so it was one of the highlights of the weekend to see them open up and have fun with them!
A couple of other exciting milestones for January…we saw snow in GA (not much, but enough that the kids pulled out their sled!), and we put our house on the market! We are trusting God here as well that the house will sell in His timing. God is the only one who is omniscient, knowing all of the details of what is best for our family and how everything will work out over the next several months (well…and far beyond the next few months!), and we trust His plan is perfect. If we were all to know what God’s plans entail for our lives, or for any particular portion of our lives, it might prevent us from truly seeking Him. We know that God has ultimate authority over all, and trusting in that will allow our faith to grow in Him, more so than any amount of knowledge or foresight ever could.
Thank you so much for continuing to pray for us, support us, and encourage us. We are humbled each time we think about those who tell us they are praying for us, those who send little notes of encouragement, ask about progress, as well as those who have given a one-time gift or signed up to be a monthly supporter. We are thankful for how God has already begun providing for our needs, and we continue to pray for others to come alongside us, as we plan and prepare for our mission at Lulwanda. If you sense God calling you to join us, you can find more information about how to support us on the support page of the blog (here), as well as on GICF’s webpage (ugandaorphans.org). By partnering with us, you are also helping impact others for God’s kingdom and sharing in the responsibility, as well as the rewards, of making disciples of all nations. Any amount is a huge blessing, and will help make it possible for us to serve the orphans of Uganda. We are also continuing to seek for opportunities to share with others about what we are being led to. If you would like to talk or have questions, please let us know, and we would be happy to set up a time to meet in person (or talk on the phone if you do not live in GA). We are thankful for opportunities we’ve had to share with a couple of church groups already, and another opportunity coming in March, but we would also love to come and share with your small group, missions team, church, etc. if possible as well. Please feel free to contact us through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), facebook, or call/text.
Lamentations 3:25, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.”