It is moments like this one-in His presence- with no words, heart leaping and complete amazement that make it all worth it. I would leave everything I love, I would leave my friends and family, everything that is valuable to me to experience this more.
I will try to put into words and summarize because I don’t want to scare people with a long post and risk them not reading.
Worth not having my friends and family here. If you know me you know that I love my friends and I have many. I love my family and am beyond blessed to have such God fearing parents who have taught me ministry and to answer the call no matter the cost. Team after team has come here to Uganda and stayed at the Arise Africa Guesthouse. It is the home to people all over this world. And tonight I worshiped with strangers from Ireland. I love that He brings us together. That with the bond as brothers and sisters in Christ, you feel like you have family here. We sang the same songs we sing at home and I was reminded of this: He is the God of the Nations. Yes, I have known this for years. Tonight though, I was a part of a church, a people halfway across the world from America and we were both here loving on God’s people in Uganda. Every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess….I have tasted just a tiny tiny portion of what that day will be like.
Worth leaving it all behind. Today we went to the children’s hospital and there I found a 7 year old girl who was the size of a 3 year old. She was bones. But her eyes lit up and her smile was contagious. We prayed for healing. I don’t know if she will make it but I know that today, I saw His kingdom here in they eyes of a child who was holding on for dear life. I also visited a prison today. They sleep on dirty infested concrete floors. They do not have soap, they do not have clean water, the smell could knock you out cold. As we walked in the prison doors we were greeted with singing and dancing. We were greeted by those hungry for the Word. Inside prison walls, I saw true freedom. For if the Son has set you free, you are free indeed.
Worth giving up the American Dream for His. I cannot explain my love for this country. Sometimes I think it is only a love He gives to those who are called here but this is not true. America is a blessed country and I am beyond blessed and humbled by His grace to me to be born there, I could have been born anywhere. We have all been called…WE HAVE ALL BEEN CALLED. Through this journey He has brought people into my life that I have never even met, but they have changed me. We have exchanged our lives through facebook. I have sat down to write out how my heart feels about leaving here in a few weeks but I cannot do it. I know that it is hard to understand if you have not been able to experience a third world country. So I keep quiet and try to process on my own. But today….a friend I have never met wrote a blog about me and she put into words what I have not been able to! I ask you to give 10 more minutes of your day and read her blog… www.environmentsofgrace.com The orange roads are worth it.
“I am desperatly seeking, I am frantic believing that the sight of Your Face is all that I am needing and I will say to You- It’s gonna be worth it, it’s gonna be worth it all. You’re going to be worth it, all my joy. You’re going to be worth it, all my pain. You’re going to be worth it all.” Rita Springer