Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The pattern 20 steps...

It's starting again all over again...the pattern the steps it takes to get there..
the steps I've taken 4 times...the process.. the pattern.... the journey to getting to my destination. First...

1. God calling me again to go....

2. Me saying "yes God I'll go"

3. praying for God to show me when and how

4. The dates are released for trip to Uganda

5. We begin planning (The applications are being sent out today by church)

6. Thinking and praying for idea's for new fundraisers for funds for the trip

7. Thinking of new things to bring to the people.

8. Begin Fundraising!!!!! Planning dates of fundraisers (this is the step I am on) :) whooo!!

9.Preparing meeting with the team (yikes can't wait)

10. Watching God provide

11. Start collecting things for the kids.

12. Printing pictures to take back to all my friends

13. Continue meeting with the team!! (getting to know everyone on the team)

14. Order team shirts

15. Finish last planning of trip everythings almost ready state side and Uganda side

16. Pull out the old suit case -- yippee!!

17. Begin packing

18.Charge my camera battery and prepare to leave

19. Wake up...freak out. Wait!! I didnt sleep all night too excited..

20. Arrive back in my sweet country that I love I am back in Uganda..
The pattern ,it's there, it's beginning again:) I'm so stoked to see how God is going to provide and what God is going to do on this trip!! If your thinking about going on this trip, and you don't know if you can raise the money in time let me tell you: If you're meant to go on this trip God will provide just like He always does!!

Just Trust in the Lord...

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"Emmamarie" returns...

I'm so excited for January, I just can't stand it. It's in my thoughts, mind, heart, and everywhere I look!! Just three short months and I'll be back holding my "babies" and hugging my kids, who call me "Emmamarie". In Uganda "Emma" is a boy's name so I've been told, and asked if I was a boy way too many times:).

I decided to tell everyone my name is "EmmaLee" in Uganda.
But some how the people can't quite understand "EmmaLee" so they call me "Emmamarie" and I think thats simply precious and adorable!! When I walk through one of my favorite parts of Uganda, Ssenge Village, everyone knows my name and comes out to see that "Emmamarie" has returned...

The excitement in me is building: beautiful dark skin, to see their gleeming smilies ,their bare feet, their torn clothing, their contagious happiness, - All welcoming me back! I can only dream of, in just a year and a half, their greeting me and this time I can hear it in my mind...them saying..."Welcome Home Emmamarie".

I'm not saying I'll be moving exactly to Ssenge Village but definitely visiting all the time!! I'm not sure yet where in Uganda God is calling me...But I can tell you that it's exciting and I'll be telling you every bit of my story!! Stay tuned:)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The wedding date...

Lutaaya and me (presenting the instruments I brought first trip)

It all goes back to Uganda July 2008 my very first trip to Uganda....It was just me and my Dad...My Dad was going to be teaching a pastors confrence and I would work in Orphanages and we would both work with African Hearts.
For those of you who dont know -African Hearts is a boys program which takes boys off the streets, and gives them a second chance. They will also learn a brass instrument and get to play in the brass band that is famous in the Kampala area. The money raised by the brass band will provide funds for college. They attend church and learn all about Jesus!
My Dad was also going to be mentoring the young African Hearts Leaders at the Kampala Boys home!! (There is now 2 homes - one in Ssenge and one in Kampala.)....Well during one of the mentoring times he had all of the leaders gathered around: George,Tony, Lutaaya, Junior,etc... He started to talk about "Dads and Fathers" and the room became silent..He looked around and asked "Who here has a Dad?" Every one of those young men looked at him and said "none of us do".
All of their Dads had either abandoned them or left them. They all grew up around the streets of Kampala...and now radically changed by the Power of God, they were not only off the streets themselves but now giving their lives away for the young street boys! It's truly amazing to watch these young men who have had nothing give away every part of themselves for these boys...

Now back to the mentoring.... when all of them replied sadly that none of them had fathers... My Dad said "I'll be your Dad" and instantly all of the young men jumped up and started cheering!! They were giving each other high fives and shouting with excitement!! They now had a Dad!!!
From then on I have always been their sister... When I see them they will say "Hey sister" "I love you sister"...They really are the most amazing brothers!!

They are as close to me as all my siblings are!! They call my mom "Mum" and my Dad "Dad".

We really are a much bigger family then you all know:)))

(from left to right Lutaaya,Me,Kasandra,Dad)

Anyway, Lutaaya has long been in love with Kasandra (his princess). They have planned to get married since meeting them in 2008. In Uganda there is the "bridal price" that every young man must pay for his bride. He pays it to the brides family...

Since :utaaya has been giving it all to serve the street boys...he didn't have the funds to buy all the cows and this bride is so beautiful she is far more expensive:) He needed 10 cows....so this past May when I was in Uganda...Before hand we decided to surpise him... we came up with BUY A COW FOR LUTAAYA at our church.

We started advertising it and every person who bought a cow we would take a picture of the person who bought it, to present it to him!! So one night in May we invited Lutaaya and Kasandra to have dinner with us up at Namirembe (the guest house we stayed at).

We told them we had a present for them..Slowly we started to pull out envelopes and pass one to Lutaaya and Kasandra. Each card read "I have bought one cow"....they were crying and so excited they love each other so much!! The last cow was still missing. We had an envelope that read "you must buy the last cow yourself because I am your Dad I want you to work hard for this last cow." Then my dad paused and said, "The only one who can change this is your Mum."

My dad's cell phone started to ring. My dad had Lutaaya answer the phone. It was mom on the other end, calling from Colorado. She said to Lutaaya, "Son, we are very proud of you. We are very proud of how you have sacrificed for the Lord. We love you very much. We always miss you. Please ask Dad for the envelope."

Immediately Lutaaya turned to my dad and said "Dad give me the envelope." Everyone burst out laughing...Inside the hidden envelope were the words, "Cow number 10 has been paid for by mum and dad." Tears were rolling down their cheeks as their dream was fulfilled -

they finally had the money to pay the bridal price....
so they could get married!!!

Immediately Lutaaya invited his sister {me!} to the wedding :) and my Dad and so on with our family...Kasandra grabbed her calander in her purse and started naming off dates they could be married on!!! It was so thrilling and exciting to watch my Brother and his fiance, with love in their eyes, talk of being married soon!!

Just a few days ago we got the date for their wedding. They are to be married on January 16, 2011....Dad and I and Graham will be attending the wedding!! Dad and I will again be leading a team leaving (give or take) January 3rd, 2011 to January 16th, 2011...Dad and Gray and I will stay longer. Lots of details to come. Check out : A Place Called Simplicity for details:)

I can not wait to be back in Uganda! Only a few months away and lots of fundraising to do but God will provide just like he always does!