Thursday, August 4, 2011

Here I am at JFK airport getting ready to take my final step on this amazing summer adventure God has had me on for the last 2 months. Amy and I took a couple extra days to adjust to being back in the States and today we parted ways as we go back home. We’ve both said how strange it feels to be back in America, like our time in Uganda was all just a dream, but I know it’s not. It still feels weird, though-I’m happy to be back and ready to see my family again and then get back to my work at I-House. But at the same time I am so sad to be gone from Amani, to be missing out on the kids’ and Mamas’ lives and just all that I was involved in there. I’m so grateful for the experience, but to have it end is so unreal and depressing.

My boy! Just a couple days before I left...isn't he FAT?!

 I know some people will think that it was just one of those mountain top experiences, and I can see how a mission trip could be that. I saw so many teams come to Amani/Uganda for a couple hours to a couple weeks, and walk away saying they were changed forever by their experience. But I don’t feel like it’s been that for me (my journal is proof of this, but no way are ya’ll getting a glimpse of that!). I struggled with different things and it was definitely not some sort of spiritual utopia for me-it was hard, and it was real life. I learned so much while I was there, but living there for two months was just, normal. Getting to experience real, everyday life at Amani was such a blessing-yeah, I got to do some pretty cool tourist-type stuff, but mostly I just got to live. And that’s what I want to do everywhere God takes me-to serve and live and just love and BE with the people God places around me. I didn’t get to do half the things I had wanted to do while in Uganda, but there was so much freedom in just being with my kids and Mamas.
With 3 of the amazing God-Followers I was blessed to serve beside

I thank God so much for the opportunity to live in Uganda, serving the children and Mamas with the other volunteers at Amani Baby Cottage for 2 months. What a blessing it was! And now I'm off to spend 2 1/2 weeks with my family and friends in North Carolina before heading back to Fort Wayne for the next several months. Please pray for me as I travel and move onto the next steps of this journey that God has called me to! Thank you all so much for your prayers and love and support!

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