In the recent months the Lord has moved in our hearts to return to Uganda for an extended amount of time. This desire began many years ago, but in recent months has really come to head. I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you our story of God’s movement to make clear to us the path we should take.
In December of 2013, I (Jerilyn) was having a night out with a friend. As we talked about Uganda, I shared with her my personal desire to go over for an extended amount of time with the children. Her reply was, “Why don’t you do it?” My obvious answer was, “Because we have a job and a mortgage.” But she went on to question my belief about the Lord’s power. If God put this in our hearts and if He wanted us to go, could He not take care of all of those things? It was a moment of truth for me, do I really believe God can move mountains? It was also a breath of hope that maybe one day God could bring this dream to pass.
Of course, I had to tell Brian about this conversation! As we talked, he was very open to discuss it with me, which I noted as abnormal. I am such a black and white person, that sometimes it’s difficult to dream with me because it is tempting for me to see that discussion as set in stone. With that in mind, it isn’t often that Brian will really “dream” with me. We had some great conversations about some of the hinderances, why would we want to go, what were our motives, what could God be doing.
A few weeks later, I was visiting with a dear friend and as we were sewing curtains, she began asking me some deep questions. The kind of questions that made me wonder “Who have you been talking to? How do you know this?” She followed up with saying, “I really think you need to pray about bringing your kids over this year.” Ok… noted God.
Shortly after these events, we began a series at our church on Nehemiah. As our Pastor preached about Nehemiah coming before the king and asking permission to go and for funding, I sensed such a clarity and excitement. I knew the Lord was telling me that we needed to ask permission to go. As I tried my best to focus on the sermon, I was bombarded by clarity on so many of the questions that Brian and I had posed, just weeks before.
I shared this also with Brian and we decided to spend some time in prayer about it. Over this time we began seeking counsel with key people about this possibility, including our Pastor and the missionary we will be working with. The doors continued to seem open. We received confirmation after confirmation from the Lod that this is exactly what He was asking of us over those 30 days. Crazy things; like churches asking us to come speak about our trip, churches looking for a partnership in Uganda, people who offered to live in our house and take care of our animals while we were gone, and most importantly Scripture of encouragement.
Little things that add up. So often God is moving and we don’t take the time to look for it or to acknowledge Him. But the truth is God is working. His timing is perfect and He has plans for each of us.
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”