Our trip has started off with a bang! We were supposed to leave yesterday afternoon but our flight got cancelled. Evidently a plane parked at a jetway but forgot to put on the brakes. They opened the door, the plane started rolling backwards, ripped off the door, and the planed rolled backwards onto the runway. Due to all of this, they cancelled our flight. So we stayed the night in a hotel by the airport and hope to leave at 12:45 today (Thursday). Our teammates made it off and should be within 4 hours of Uganda at the time of this blog. One of our teammates, Kelly, had problems with her tickets and customs in Belgium and got stuck there for the night while the rest of the team went on. She will join them Friday night and we will join them Saturday morning. Keep us in your prayers as we have much more traveling to do. God bless you all.
As we have mentioned before, God is so faithful! When we left Colorado we had no idea if and when we would be buying a car for Karamoja. Support money had slowed to a trickle, vehicles were hard to find from this side of the globe, and time was running out.
Then, things started looking up. Friends began to bless us abundantly, and a friend who is also moving to Uganda put us in touch with a family selling a reliable car. We have been in contact with the sellers, telling them we will gladly take it off their hands!
This was another lesson in trusting God. It seems that he is leading us along, teaching us daily what it means to walk by faith. We were unsure about buying a car because budgeting for household setup and travel in Uganda is difficult to estimate. Would we have enough left over? Our tendency is always to hoard our money and save for tomorrow to make sure we will have what we need. Yet God has called us to walk by faith daily, to trust him to meet each need as it comes. This doesn't mean we don't plan for tomorrow, but often we plan so much that we forget any and all dependence on him.
I am so thankful for a God that meets us where we are and daily leads us to a closer dependence on him. Not to mention meeting all of our needs :)
(Thank you to our wonderful friends who have been such a blessing to us in a multitude of ways! I wish words could express how much each of you mean to us! Thank you for allowing God to use you to bless our family!)
The Jacksons: Wallace, Amanda and kids Taylor, Jackson and Josiah(he's in bed). Wallace is a Captain with the United States Army stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana. We were encouraged and inspired by their love to do ministry among the men and women in the service. Wallace will be deploying this year to Afghanistan, so be in prayer for them.
Our trip through the south was an incredible time for us to visit friends we haven't seen in awhile, to say goodbyes, and to receive encouragement from strong believers in the faith. In this group we have done missions with some of these couples in South Africa, Nepal and have been a part of other's lives as they have gone and done missions in places like southeastern China and among the Gaelic people of Ireland. We received much encouragement from every place we stayed. We are feeling more and more ready every day to take the big trip over the pond. The only people we don't have pictures with are the Bankstons and Deanna. Keith and Michelle Bankston were friends of ours from college whom we love dearly. Deanna was our beloved summer missionary that lived with us the second half of last summer. Thanks everyone for making it a good trip for us!