Wow, it’s been a while. Writer’s block is a real thing, y’all. To be honest, I’ve written multiple drafts throughout the past year, but it’s been way harder than I imagined to put all the jumbled thoughts in my head into words & onto the internet.
It’s been a long year, that’s for sure. It was full of slammed doors and tears and questions, but God has been so faithful through it all. He was right in the middle of it holding my hand. I didn’t understand why He had called me to Uganda, then called me back home for two whole years. It’s so incredibly frustrating being in one place when your heart is somewhere else. But I just had to trust Him (even when I didn’t want to).
Around Christmas this past year, I started thinking about possibly going back. I was hesitant, scared, and honestly didn’t think I could even handle going through the heartbreak of coming home again. But I started praying about it. I told Him I was willing to stay if that’s what He thought was best, but that my heart longs for Uganda, and I asked Him to reveal His heart to me about it. I talked to my mom about possibly going back, but we just didn’t know how we could afford it. Months passed, and I continued praying. He slowly began opening doors and showing me exactly where I need to be.
So, here’s the good part. I’ve been blessed with a HUGE opportunity, and I’m so so excited to share it with you. I get to go back to Uganda from Mid August to Mid December with Sozo Children! AH! I will be interning here in Birmingham for 40 days (starting June 8th) first in order to prepare myself to love and serve the sweet kiddos in Uganda. I will be living in Sozo’s houses, assisting the staff in getting the kids ready for school in the morning, preparing meals, doing laundry, and helping the kids with homework. Sozo has a women’s ministry called “Two For One Purpose” where they meet twice a week in the village with over 100 women for fellowship and self sustainability projects. I, along with the other missionaries, will be going to the village with them to do children’s club while their moms/grandmothers are in Women’s Ministry. I will also be going to Kitende Primary School (where the majority of the Sozo kids go to school) twice a week to teach with another missionary. I will come home a little before Christmas to spend a few weeks with friends and family. In January, the Sozo Choir will be (Lord willing) coming to the U.S. and touring all over the country for 4 months. I was given the opportunity to go on tour with them, and obviously I said yes! Like, WHAT?! I have no idea how this is real life- no one pinch me.
I will be posting updates, pictures, etc. on this blog, so feel free to follow me. I planned on blogging a lot more last time, and ended up only posting once or twice, so I don’t want to promise anything. BUT, I will have much more reliable internet where I’m staying, so I’m planning on blogging every week/ every few weeks on my off days to keep everyone updated.
I am so excited and nervous about this coming year. Thank you all for the continued love, support and prayers so far. I love that I get to share this journey with all of you. If you have any questions or would like to know more about what all I’ll be doing, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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