Friday, November 26, 2010

We are Thankful

Given that we recently celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, we thought it would be fitting to share with you some things related to our journey to Uganda that we are thankful for. I know, it’s a little cliche; but here goes. In no particular order, here are a few things:
Monthly support increase: we received an email from our boss letting us know that some cash in our account, beyond what we need, will be converted to monthly support. This increased our monthly support from 46% to 54%. We’re officially over the hump! But God also used that news as the beginning of an answer to the prayer that we are praying for 11% of our support to come in each month until our visas are ready (You can read a bit more about that in our Nov. ’10 newsletter). 
Chances to be real: we had an opportunity to have dinner with a family that has recently moved to the States and started attending a church we’re connected with. When we met, they shared that they had never met a missionary before. Now, we didn’t have some super-spiritual conversation about missions or God or anything like that, but we did have a chance to share our story with them and show them that God calls and uses ordinary people, just like them.
Time with family: Since we’re not in Uganda yet, we get to spend another holiday season with our family. It has been so sweet to see Tim and Ben interacting with our extended family and, Tim specifically, building relationships with them. (Thanksgiving crew to the left)

People who pour into us: As we’ve been feeling more tired and stretched thin after an extended time of homeland ministry assignment, we recently made a conscious decision to put a group of people around us to hold us up in prayer and be an encouragement to our hearts. God has honored their commitment and we’re thankful to have them in our lives.
These are just a few, concrete examples of things we are thankful for, and they only begin to scratch the surface. God has been so good to us and has blessed us so richly. We have so much to be grateful for and are striving to live lives of thanksgiving.

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