Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Come with me... to Uganda, Africa!

I have to share... it has been beating on my heart for quite some time now. This is my revisiting of an experience that was so rich. So real. Yet, it felt so surreal. Come with me...

Uganda. June, 2008.

The food. Amazing. SO filling! Always 2nds.
These were 3 girls I had the pleasure of being with.
Holly, Marion & Becca. Still praying for them!
I was there MA (mission advisor) what an honor!

Beautiful Children. Everywhere. Literally!
So anxious to sing songs & play games.

Precious Hearts. They craved love. Real love.
Many knew Jesus but they wanted to KNOW him.
I prayed directly with 3 to receive Christ.
What a true joy! The Angels in heaven were rejoicing!

GORGEOUS Girlies! They loved my blonde hair & light skin.
I loved their dark hair & dark skin.
They were all SO perfect!

Hurt in their eyes. This 3 year old took care of
her sister (1 year old). Responsibility at such a
young age. Broke my heart. Look in her eyes.

SO in my element! Sharing the image of the invisible.

What a complete honor and joy to spend a month in Uganda, Africa. I have so many stories I could write blog after blog. God taught me so much about myself and what it means to lead. I was never comfortable. Ever! I was in my element with the children... but not always in my living conditions, in the speaking opportunities, or with my girls who I was advising. It was hard & stretching. Thee most stretching missions trip I have been on thus far. I had to chose to let Jesus guide me. There came a point where I had to seriously rebuke the enemy from trying to steal my joy & passion. My chains were gone. Freedom. I claimed Isaiah 61 over and over again. This word was given to me by 4 people in my life before my trip. Wow! It was my mission.
It is still my mission.

Isaiah 61:1a

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news
to the poor
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,to proclaim freedom for the captives!

Have you been on a missions trip? What was the most challenging thing for you?

1 comment:

Stephanie M. Page said...

AHHH! I have tears!! Lets go Ri! God is so powerful, so faithful, and so real in the midst of the people he loves so much that he wants to love through us. What wonderful pictures that tell a part of a beautiful story! Way to claim Isaiah 61! How AWESOME when God speaks to us through others, and it is CONFIRMED! Our Lord is so real and involved in our lives! Praise His name.