Thursday, January 31, 2013

House Hunters International: The Palm Tree



{Shawn, Me, Sarah, Jethro, My sister Moreen}

 It all started several months ago as I planned for moving to Africa.

One of my biggest worries was where will I live?

One day fellow missionaries and dear friends  Shawn and Sarah 
and their son Jethro came by for a visit.

Sarah proceeded to share with me how they would love to have me rent a home with them.

I prayed about it and knew it was the right decision.

I shared with them,

"Yes I would love to rent and live with you guys!"

They would be moving to Uganda on December 31st.

I would be moving less than one week later.

We began to pray that God would provide the perfect house for us.

My siblings started praying.

Friends began praying.

I emailed my prayer team and they were on it!

Around the world people were praying.

Thankfully for the first 3 weeks I would be staying with the IVO team
 as I was helping my Dad lead the teams.

Shawn, Sarah and Jethro would be staying at the API Volunteer House
 while we searched.

In Uganda there is no such thing as a realtor.

So as you can imagine searching for a house is a bit hard.

One of my Ugandan brothers began to search for us.

High and low and everything in-between.

Looking for anyone, who might know someone,
who would possibly have a house for rent.

So we prayed and waited.

We felt like we were on HGTV's show of House Hunters International.

And then we prayed and waited some more.

Then one day we got a phone call,

so off we went to check it out.

The conditions of the house were not-so-good.

Cement floors and squaties for bathrooms.

We could make it work. 

But it was way out of budget.

With wise counsel we decided we didn't want to rush anything.

We knew God had a special house for us.

We just had to have patience.

So we waited.

Finally we got another call and checked out a few more houses.

None of which were for us.

All out of budget and far away from town.

So we prayed some more and kept waiting.

Then on Sunday as I was walking into church,

I heard someone yell my name.

I turned around and to my surprise a dear friend of mine named H was there!

We talked and I shared with her how we were house hunting, but hadn't found a house yet.

A few days passed and I got a phone call from H - she shared with me that 
a friend of a friend had a house for rent.

She asked if we'd be interested in seeing it.

Of course we were.

Now rewind really quick:

When asking God to provide a house.

I asked that He would provide this one small thing as a sign
that it's the house He had for us.

On Wednesday we headed to the house to see it.

You would not believe what greeted my eyes.

Remember that prayer I prayed? 

That He would make it clear to me.

Boy oh boy He couldn't have made it clearer.

Remember that house we looked at with cement floors?

This house has tile floors!

Remember those squaties?

This house has a toilet!

Remember that sign from God that He would make it clear?

In the center of the yard that sign stands clear and tall.




One lone tall palm tree stands as you enter the gate
{just like the one at my parent's home in Phoenix}.

My prayer was answered.

The sign was crystal clear.

Did I mention that this house is under budget?

He is so faithful to me!

"Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart"

Psalm 37:4

Move in date is this coming Tuesday.

Please be praying for a smooth move!

In the meantime I'm off to search for a bed and some of our most needed items :}

Thank you all for your prayers, we couldn't have done it without you!

Sendings lots of love from Africa.

Xo

Monday, January 28, 2013

Surreal Reality..



Surreal reality.

A place somewhere in between reality and disbelief.

I officially live in Uganda.

All by myself.

In the states I had always lived at home.

But now I have officially moved out of my home in the states.

And to top that

I live across the world, in Uganda.

It's surreal.

It's my lifelong dream come true,

Yet I grieve not being with my family.

Somedays are harder then others.

But I am also filled with excitement for what God has called me to!

I was sitting on my bed this morning reading my Bible.

An incredible awe hit me.

Sudden disbelief.

I officially live in Uganda..

Surreal...

God's call.

A little girl's dream 14 years ago.

An answered prayer.

Missionary to the Orphan in Uganda, East Africa.

Officially Reality.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rebecca Part Two





Rebecca.

Was invisible and never made a sound.

So very fragile and barely a pound.

One day God led me to her.

She had my heart from the moment I first laid my eyes upon her.

Just 3 months old & fighting for life.

I'd rush to see her in the mornings and at night.

Praying all day I'd see her again.

Clinging to life.

A little fighting baby girl.

Recently I shared her story with all of you.

Her story went viral - shared across the web:

Asking God for healing for sweet little Rebecca and for him to provide a family as well.

Just a few days ago I received such wonderful news.

Little Rebecca has been matched with a family.

My heart overflows with happiness too.

I'm so thankful to know God has such big plans for you Rebecca girl!

Please join me in praying that Rebecca will be able to go home soon!

Sending lots of love from Uganda,
Xo
Em

Monday, January 21, 2013

Prayers Appreciated

I have had a very difficult time getting wifi service to load Blogger.com.  All I could think was, "welcome to Uganda"!

Basically the only thing I have been able to do is to upload Instagram photos {thanks to a generous bloggy friend who helped me get an iphone before leaving}.  If you happen to have an Instagram account, you can find me here.  

Kim Foo {of Foo Web Designs - thank you so much Kimmy!} added the Instagram header to the top, so for those who don't have Instagram, you are still able to double click on any of the above pictures and read the captions.

The GO teams have been amazing, as always much has been accomplished and all of us have had our hearts broken {over and over and over}.

Lastly, I do have an important prayer request.

Please would you pray for a home for myself and the other IVO missionaries, Shawn and Sarah?  We need the Lord to lead in this as soon as possible!

We know that God is able to do above all we could think or imagine and that is exactly what we are praying for.  We also understand that He knows what our needs will be in the days ahead.

We have been looking and it is a crazy adventure in Uganda!   Actually, like our very own version of International House Hunters for sure!  {The above picture was from our day of looking.}

Thank you so very, very much for praying - it means so much!

Serving the Orphans of Uganda,
Emma

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Rebecca.



Three months old and barely a pound.

She lays in her crib and never makes a sound.

I met her for the first time two days ago.

My heart broke when I first laid my eyes upon her.

She is very sick.

With a heart that doesn't beat the same as you and me.

You can feel the difference if you lay your hand upon her.

You see her heart is not the same as you and me.

She was diagnosed with a serious problem in her heart.

Will you please join me in praying for healing for,

My sweet Rebecca?

Xo

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Whispered Secrets


Following Jesus, is the greatest adventure.

One I wouldn't change for a moment. 

Moving to Africa away from my family is difficult.

There is an ache in my heart, but when He called me to Africa

it was so clear.

He called me 12+ years ago.

Now, finally, it has sprung into being.

It has just become a reality....

I actually live in Uganda.

I have to keep pinching myself to believe it.

I am Home.

He called me to Uganda when I was  only 6 years old.

2013 is going to be an incredible year.

I can't wait to look back after one year in Uganda and see all that God has done.

It's an adventure and one I can't wait to see unfold.

He has placed so many things on my heart that I can't wait to share with you all.

He has whispered secrets to me.

He has spoken to me about many different things. 

Things that build such excitement in my heart.

Please be praying as I adjust to living in Uganda.

Please also be praying for my family left behind.

Sending lots of love from my Home in Uganda, East Africa.


Xo

Home.


Home at last.

Uganda I love you..



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Walking with Jesus


Today is the day I've dreamed of forever.

It's the day that God called me to so very long ago.

It's the day that I step out of the boat.

It's the day I walk with Jesus to where He has called me.

It's an emotional day.

It's bittersweet, leaving and saying goodbye to all of my little brothers and sisters and family.

It's a day where I embark on the greatest adventure of my life.

Tonight I board the plane bound for where my heart calls home.

Today I move to Africa.

Please be praying for peace, for comfort, for safety, for the planes and that the flights will be smooth.

It's January 6th, 2013

A day I will always remember..

For continued updates on my journey - join my email updates & prayer team :

emma@internationalvoiceoftheorphan.com

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Droppin' My Nets





Just four days from today,

the adventure will begin.

 I will be boarding a plane bound for where my heart calls home.

 I will be saying goodbye to my loved ones.

I am horrible at goodbyes.

Home will become a new place.

I've always heard people say

"home is where the heart is"

but my heart will no longer be in one place,

it will be in two different places that happen to be an ocean apart.

I was reading my bible the other day and I remembered
how God called the disciples to leave home.

God called me pretty much the same way.

He called me to leave my family and follow Him.

In the story of the first disciples in Mark {chapter 1}

He tells them to drop their nets and follow Him.

I was reading my Bible and then I got to thinking of how radically they followed Him.

They didn't say,

 "Wait Jesus, shouldn't I make sure I have money for this first?"

Or

"Let me first go pay off my debts, put some money in savings and then I'll follow you"

Nope they didn't.

Instead they dropped their nets and followed Him right that moment.

Isn't that radical?

That's how I want to live.

When He calls me,

 I don't want to hold anything back.

I want to drop all of my nets and follow Him.

I want to be a radical disciple for Him.

I have no idea what that is going to look like,

but I am laying all my nets down to follow Him.

 I am so excited as I am about to embark on an adventure of radically

serving Him full-time in Uganda.

Just four days until the greatest adventure begins.

I can hardly wait.