22 September 2011

One Step



It really is hard to try to sum up on a blog the things I am learning and the way God is touching me deep inside. We’ve travelled through the topics of God’s glory, Our need for Him (which is desperate), the Biblical roles of men and woman, what marriage and singleness should look like, what an orphaned heart is, how to study the Bible and understand what’s written, how to parent your children by getting to the heart and not just the behavior (which takes a lot more work!) and, finally, how to counsel people.

This week we have been more focused on counseling people and I must say, it’s a daunting task. It’s daunting because our definition of counsel is to lead people one step closer to Jesus. Whether we want to admit it or not, we counsel people every day. By our words and actions we are leading people closer to Jesus or further away from Jesus. If we want to lead people closer to Jesus, we need to be walking closer to Jesus ourselves. In order to pass on wisdom we need to know God’s Word and also be listening to the Holy Spirit. It’s too easy to pass on advice that makes sense, but it leads someone away from Jesus. It’s too easy to have set answers and use what worked for one person to work for another. God works in whatever way He chooses and many times it does not make sense to us. That is why it is so important to be listening to the Holy Spirit and to have a humble heart so God can use us to lead others just that one step closer to Himself.

A man named Yun writes: “We are absolutely nothing. We have nothing to be proud about. We have no abilities and nothing to offer God. The fact that He chooses us is only due to His grace. It has nothing to do with us. If God should choose to raise up others for his purpose and never use us again we would have nothing to complain about.” This concept rocked my boat, and still does if I’m honest. I have nothing to offer God? It’s only His grace that I am used and nothing of myself? Nothing? If I can come to grips with this, a truly humble heart, I can be in a position to lead people one step closer to Jesus. It keeps coming back to living a life of true repentance and dependence on God. Out of that God is able to be the true Healer for anybody regarding anything.

God can heal
ANYBODY regarding ANYTHING. (Including me!)
That is HUGE!!!


Are you willing to walk people one step closer to Jesus?


16 September 2011

Jinja

Troy and little Sam
Tea fields near Jinja
Lk Victoria
Getting on the boat
The last few weeks have flown by, so it seems. It gets tough thinking of stuff to write about and keep it real. Africa has so much to offer yet it’s hard to remember what it is on demand. We have been informed the power is being cut by a quarter, so when we subtract it from the 40% it’s been on…well, we are not to hopeful. They (Uganda government) are saying the bills are not getting paid so they will take the power and sell it to Kenya. Back home they just shut the power off from the place not paying. Needless to say we will be burning more candles.
The boys are having fun still. They are thrilled with the new critters they find and now are creating weapons out of whatever they can find. The games of a boy’s heart are the same all around the world. They found a blind worm snake the other day, and carried it around.
We went to Jinja as a family with some friends last weekend to celebrate our halfway point. The drive there we got to see the tea and sugarcane fields. We were blessed to stay at a resort with a great pool right on Lake Victoria. The equatorial sun is not to be messed with unless you have 30 SPF or greater. We took a boat ride down the start of the Nile River. It was good to see the Nile and be there knowing so many in history searched hard to find the source. We saw monkeys, Nile monitor lizards, otters, and the great African Fish Eagle. We had a good time in Jinja.
The rains are still hitting hard and it was 67 degrees this morning. It wasn’t so bad. With the rains it seems the bananas are getting ripe fast. It’s the coolest thing to have them growing in your yard, as well as coffee. We bring some (bananas) up to the baby house and share with the babies, who eat them up quickly.
Our family group has been faced with some tough situations lately. One of the kids ran off a couple weeks ago. They have found him living with a distant relative, but it’s not a healthy situation. Pray with us he returns. The rest of the family group is doing well, and thankful the harvest and replanting weeks are over. They work hard in the gardens farming, but they also love eating the results, as do we.
I have been able to work a little at the clinic. Mostly dressing small wounds and laughing with the kid’s cause I pretend I have no clue what they are saying. A person does not have a hurt foot or an injury, they are “paining”. My foot is paining, then they add “somehow”. I love it. “Uncle, my foot is paining somehow”. It’s fun. I think some of the kids just come for some attention, so we have plenty of vitamin C for placebos. I also test for malaria. It’s a simple finger poke and blood smear on a slide, but identifying the malaria cells in the blood is a challenge. They have quick tests as well but they are expensive. Power has been out for 5 days now and I am running out of battery power, we'll add more later.

Nile River
Bujagali Falls on the Nile
Hiding

02 September 2011

Taylor is helping with the maize production. After it dries it is sent to the mill to be ground up into flower.
Taylor visiting some friends down the road
Meal time for 30 takes some big pots. Posho and Beans.
The family group came up for game night. They love games an spoons was the game of the night.
Church picture of some other event we were at.
Little Sam, or Mukesa as we learned his real first name. It means blessing. We had him laughing yesterday.
Mercy is playful and loves playing with hair. She is a typical little girl who likes girly things.


I am still working on video's to upload. the problem is the connection here is to slow to upload. I should be able next weekend to get something uploaded as we are headed to Jinja where I think the internet is a little faster.