Last night I sat around with the group of girls I went to Murchison with. Each of us with a story that led us here, to Uganda. And over the course of the year, each of us will leave Uganda for our next adventure.
Katy heads to Dallas in a week and a half. Then Rose heads home to Colorado and Seattle for a few months, but (get excited folks) she heads back to Uganda mid July to finish out here year here! Kelly leaves mid May to eventually end up in school in Canada. Her story will eventually bring her back to Uganda at some point to serve. She’s a lifer here. Amy leaves at the end of May to start her adventure in Alaska. And I will head back to Atlanta in December.
But it’s the small stories that take place as we leave here that remain unknown. And those are the fearfully exciting stories that I can’t wait to hear about. Or even to experience for myself.
In Philemon 1, 4-7, Paul says: I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I prayer that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you have refreshed the hearts of the saints.
And as I look back over my emails to friends and my blogs, I see where I was so desperate for friends here. For fellowship. And then I met this group of girls, and my experience here started changing. I became inspired. My compassion grew. I felt convicted. And the way I see the world has been reduced to only choosing to love people.
The verses in Philemon, for me, sum up this group of women. And so as we go our separate ways (and Rose, as you come back to Uganda) I leave you with this:
I thank my God every time I remember you. Because of your great faith in the Lord and your love of people. I pray that you are bold in sharing your faith. Your love has given me great joy and encouragement here in Uganda. You have refreshed my heart.
See you later, see you soon.