Friday, May 29, 2009

Back in Guatemala!

Well, we all made it safely to Guatemala City, Guatemala and made the drive to Chimaltenango shortly after. I had the privilege of flying separate from the rest of the group along with Robby and Roxanne going through Atlanta. We decided that we like smaller groups when flying. It just makes things a lot easier. I didn't get much sleep the night before so I slept as much as I could on the planes and on our layover. Once we made it in Guatemala City, we were looking for the rest of the group (they said they would wait for us), but apparently they had left. We stood outside the airport for about 30 minutes waiting for someone to come pick us up. Eventually a Guatemalan drove up in a truck and honked and waved at us, so we assumed (and hoped) that he was there to pick us up. Luckily Roxanne is pretty fluent in Spanish, so she got things figured out. We met up with the rest of the group at a mall in Chimaltenango and exchanged money and ate at Pollo Campero. After more naps and some orientating, some Catchphrase and showers, just about everyone went to bed around 9. Since they don't do Daylight Savings here, it gets dark earlier than we're used to, so it seemed a lot later.

After eating a hearty breakfast, we're about to have a time of worship before we all head to the village to work building houses and ministering to people today. Pray for safety and opportunities to share God's love with the people here. More blogs to come.

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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The Future

Well, I'm back in school, and, well, it's going. 18 hours seemed overwhelming, if not impossible, at first, but I think I'm getting used to it now.

As for "The Future," this summer I will be going back to Guatemala, as well as to Belize for the first time. I was hoping to be able to go to Uganda for the International World Changers project this summer, but Belize is looking like the best option right now. More details to come on what we will be doing in each of these countries, but for now here are the dates:

Guatemala : May 28 - June 4

Belize: June 20 - 27

Please be in prayer for these trips as the teams going begin to form and plan more!

Also, here is a link to all the mission trips that our college group is participating in this summer as well as a link to all the ones that the entire church is involved in. Please pray for missions!

Faith College Missions

Faith Baptist Missions

Saturday, December 13, 2008

You say goodbye, I say hello...

Well, we said our goodbye's and the Shelton's dropped us off at the airport in Entebbe. Airports tend to work a little differently outside of the U.S., so no one can come inside unless they are flying out. We got through the first security checkpoint and they told us to go wait over to the side were a restaurant was until we heard an announcement for our flight. We only had about 45 minutes until our flight was supposed to leave, so we were getting a little nervous after about 10 minutes had passed. We decided to go ahead and try to go check in for our flight, but we couldn't find the check-in desk for our airline, Air Tanzania. There isn't one. After asking around, we found out that their offices were upstairs, so I went up and found out that our flight had been cancelled. Apparently there was no contact info associated with our tickets, so they had no way of letting us know. There was another flight on Kenyan Airlines, but it was full so we are flying out tomorrow instead. And apparently we check in at the Air Uganda desk. So are we flying Air Tanzania or Air Uganda? I don't think anyone really knows... But yay for another night in Uganda. Apparently it's a lot hotter in Dar than it is here, so we get to enjoy the weather here for one more day.

I'll be in Dar Es Salaam sometime tomorrow (the arrival time isn't on our itinerary so I really don't know when...) for debriefing with all of the other HandsOn missionaries from this semester in the CESA region. We leave Dar on Tuesday and get home on Wednesday afternoon. There are 2 others flying in to Memphis with me, so I'm excited about that.

Thanks for your prayers and I look forward to seeing everyone in just a few days!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

So many pictures...

I uploaded more pictures to facebook. Check 'em out!

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Also added a countdown for when I leave for Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. I tried to add another for when I will be arriving in Memphis, but I couldn't figure out how to add another event. Maybe after the first countdown finishes it will move to the next event. We'll see...

Thanks for your continued prayers, and I look forward to being home and seeing everyone in less than 2 weeks!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I'm writing a book...

Not really, but I am working on making a photo-book with pictures from this summer and this semester. I thought I'd model it after my blog. Hopefully I'll be able to order it as soon as I get home.

I am going to Entebbe today for a Thanksgiving lunch with a bunch of the missionaries in the country here. All of the guys are going fishing on Lake Victoria (second widest freshwater lake in the world) sometime after lunch, so that should be fun. HAPPY THANKSGIVING from Uganda!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Another month gone by...

Once again, I apologize for my lack of updates. I can't stress enough how quickly the time seems to be passing now. And I feel bad for being excited about that, but I am just so ready to be back home. Although, in saying that, I know that just a few weeks into my homecoming I'll be wishing I was back here. I won't miss the excessive potholes in the roads [or the lacking roads amongst the potholes], the unavoidable layer of dirt that gets on everything, or the mosquitoes swarming me as I try to check my email at night or buzzing in my ears while I try to sleep. I will miss the people, both the missionaries and the Ugandans. God has shown me so much in these few months of just what it takes to be a missionary, the sacrifice and motivation and effort. God has encouraged me in seeing the work that He is doing here, seeing people who are willing to give of themselves, to live the life that Christ has called them to, the life that He has called all of us to.

Pray for my teammates and I as we have begun wrapping up our areas of ministry, preparing to leave in just a few short weeks. Our schedule for departure begins on December 13 as we will fly from Uganda back to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania [where we were for orientation] for a few days of debriefing with all of the other HandsOn teams. All of the HandsOn teams will depart from Tanzania on December 16, flying into D.C. and parting ways from there to arrive at our respective homes on December 17.

I'm working on a post of what God has shown me this semester, kind of an overall summary of sorts. It was going to be part of this post, but I decided I should put some more time and thought into it and really just search for more. I'm excited and nervous about sharing what God has shown me. With that said, I promise at least one more post.

Thanks for your continued prayers! Hope everyone likes the new song."Love, after all, matters the most..." Share that Love with someone!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Long time,

Sorry it has been so long since my last update! I can't believe how fast the days are going by now. It's crazy! Yesterday was, strangely, one of my favorite days so far. Breanne and I met Steven at Citizens Trust Senior Secondary School, the school we have been going to on Tuesdays for over a month now. Steven was with Douglas, an awesome Ugandan, so he came as well. I stinkin love Douglas. He has an awesome heart and is just so great to work with. Our routine with the scripture union at the school has gotten kind of, well, boring. But Douglas brought a change to all that. He just has a way of talking to groups to encourage them and get them excited about Jesus. It also helps that he is a Ugandan. He had everyone commit to bringing 5 friends each to the meeting next week and he committed to come, as well. At the end he had everyone get in groups of 3 or 4 and pray to close with each of us mzugnu in different groups. Something so simple that we never thought to do. Also, after talking tonight with him, he gave us some great insight on things we can do to really connect with these students. It's almost like we could adopt this school for the semester. He mentioned making cards for them when they start their exams to encourage them, and something as simple as buyng them pens and pencils to use for their exams. We've been trying to just do a program once a week when we have the chance to do something so much more, and Douglas helped to open our eyes to this.

Last night, the 3 of us went with Douglas to Butabika to go to a medical school and meet with students there. It was pretty much awesome. There are some incredible guys and girls there who are so eager to do great things for Christ! I got to see one of the dorm rooms. It was about 3 or 4 times the size of my closet back home and had 2 bunk beds, so 4 guys stayed in each room. We rode with Douglas in a car he is borrowing from some missionaries who are stateside [I think], and that's been an experience. Ugandans are interesting drivers, to say the least. The car was pretty cool. It is a Mitsubishi Pajero, an older model, but it had leather, armrests that folded down on both sides of the back seats, and get this, an oversized sunroof over just the back seat. I decided that it might just be the African equivalent to a town car or some other car good for having a chauffeur . :) On the way home we opened up the sunroof and looked out at the clear night sky. Marvelous.

But enough about cars. I'm excited about the days ahead. I am going to be putting a video together for the missionaries here, a presentation of the different ministries going on here. I will hopefully be going out with the different missionaries in the days and weeks ahead to take pictures at different sites. Also, looking at possibly going to an orphanage in Jinja sometime next week with Hannah and Breanne.

I just discovered Stewart and Kelsey's blogs online, so I added them to the links on the right. I'm so excited about all the things God is doing back home in the lives of my friends! I'm so proud of the huge leaps of faith that people are taking in trusting God with things. It's awesome that people are seeing that there is something greater in life than just the "American dream." To my friends back home: you are all amazing! Keep striving to do good things for God, and in turn, He will turn them into GREAT things! I am so seriously proud of all of you and miss everyone so stinkin much! I love you and am praying for you all!

Thanks to everyone for your prayers and love. Continue to glorify God in all you DO! [keyword: DO something!]

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