Thursday, 11 October 2012

Coming Home

This is a picture of our house in Uganda.  A home that provides shelter, warmth, and so much more.  The journey getting here was so crazy and amazing all in one.  I arrived first and then Raymond & the kids soon followed.  We moved into this house August 14, 2012.  God knew this is the land he wanted us to come to. 

Part of the journey started four years earlier when he brought us to Uganda in June 2008.  After arriving I remember hearing God's still voice saying Welcome Home.  I didn't know then how that would transform me.  I was a small town girl who was on her first mission trip.  My husband had been on many mission trips using all of his skills and I stayed back each time and prayed.  This time God was calling me to lead my family to Africa. 

The pictures of that time in Uganda were etched in my heart.  The people with joy in their heart, because God was their Savior.  The same God that was my Savior.  We were of different skin color, but was rejoicing in how God redeemed us.  My heart stayed here in Africa when I left and longed for the day I would return.

When I arrived in August, I wondered how I would feel.  Would the sites of beauty, proverty, and big city surprise me?  What I found was so much different - PEACE.  I was finally HOME.  That may be hard for my family to hear, but when you finally realize you are just where God wanted you, it is amazing.

So I am home now God, how do you want me to serve you?  By teaching my children in your classroom, by showing love to the people in my churches, by shining my light for all the world to see.  No problem as long as you are with me.  "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 NIV

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