Thursday, July 22, 2010

We're still here

Greetings friends. We are still alive, although our blog activity recently may indicate otherwise. Since our last post we have spent time in NJ, NH and just last weekend returned from spending 3 weeks at Delanco Camp.

We had a great time at Delanco, despite the number of campers being on the low end. It was interesting to see camp from 3 different perspectives (adult camper, program director, and missionary) in 3 back to back weeks. We had opportunities to share the vision God has given us for Uganda in both corporate and individual settings, and even had some people join the team! But we also got to see people coming to know Christ in new and deeper ways, which is always an exciting thing to be a part of.

But, in some ways, it was also a hard time. You see, there was a sense in which being at camp this summer brought us to grips with where we're at in our journey to Uganda and in our homeland ministry assignment specifically. At this point last year we anticipated that we'd be gone, or at least leaving, at this point in the year. But here we are, sitting at 46% of our needed monthly support.

We don't know why we're not in Uganda yet; we feel that we are working hard to get there. It could be that God's time table is different from ours and we haven't accepted that yet. After all, we will be leaving with the blessing of another son that our parents will get to see as an infant. But at the same time, we have to wonder if there is something else holding us back. We know that God is doing new things in Uganda, Sudan and Congo and that Satan is fighting that work (Eph 6:12), and maybe delaying and discouraging new missionaries from reaching the field is part of his strategy to hold on to power there.

But we do know that our calling is still to be in Uganda, and to be there as soon as we can. We are learning with Paul to be content wherever we are and with whatever we have and we are trusting that God will continue to supply all our needs (Phil. 4:10-19). At the same time, we are not content to let Satan have his way. In Daniel 10, as I was reading recently here, we see a picture of God responding to the prayer of Daniel, but at the same time that response was delayed because of a spiritual struggle. When Gabriel arrived he said this:

12"Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come." (Daniel 10:12-14)

We don't know why we're not in Uganda yet; whether it is God saying not yet or spiritual forces obstructing us. But we do know that our God is greater than anything that can stand against us (Rom 8:31). Would you stand with us, as Michael came to help Gabriel, praying that nothing but God would keep us from getting to Uganda?