“Remember the former things, those of long ago;
I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me.
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”
This is the truth that Ugandans know very well. They recognize God as God. They see that He is the Creator of all things, sustainer of the universe, and in control of everything.
Most conversations I had with my fellow Ugandans always had some sayings like this: “Uganda is good, the Lord has provided me with…” or “Jesus has allowed this…” They always recognized who was in control. They recognized Jesus was in control. They understood that they are to live out God’s will, not their own will. They understood that everything is from God and on His timing.
None of these things I have talked about are new to any of us believers, but it is a truth that is hard to follow. God does not only want us to follow Him, but wants to recognize and acknowledge the one whom were following. This eliminates any notion of us being in control of our lives and allows God to do as He wills in our lives.
Glory to God for his perfect provision and providence in our lives that frees us to give up our will and allows us trust and follow His will wholly.
Uganda will always be one of my favorite countries. It’s not because of the beautiful mountains or the amazing fruit, it’s because of the beautiful people that live there. I always go to Uganda to be an encouragement to them, but I always leave being so encouraged by them. I love their love for God.
Our time in Uganda…
During the weekdays in Uganda we do a variety of labor projects for Lulwanda Children’s Home. We painted buildings, dug trenches, and file folders. Over the weekend we hiked a mountain. Then later that day we went to an hotel and swam in a pool and rested a bit. Later that night we babysat for one of the missionary families there and allow the parents to have an evening together. Sunday we went to church and had the opportunity to speak at and lead the Sunday School. Then we had lunch with that same missionary family and got to have a bacon cheeseburger and fries!! Then the rest of the day we hung out and just fellowshipped with the missionary family.
We also got to spend some time with the orphans at Lulwanda and were able to talk and play with them. I got to know a few orphans pretty well. One of the orphans I met was Yousef. He lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS. He has spent most of his life at Lulwanda. He was a joy to hang out with and it was fun to talk about the World Cup with him.
It’s people like him that encourage me so much. I can not understand how hard it would be to follow Christ after so much devastion of losing both of his parents. How hard it must be to believe that God is a good God after so much pain. Faith like his is so beautiful and encouraging.
I share these stories to encourage you and in hopes to make you fall even more in love with Christ.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
– Hebrews 13:16