His Work in His Strength

His Work in His Strength

Last week the verse above jumped out to me, for some reason I had never noticed it before. Perhaps because often when reading this passage our focus is on the preceding Great Commission and Jesus’ ascension back into heaven. But in this stage and season of ministry God used these words to bring encouragement in my heart and Spirit...

Those Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

Those Who Walked in Darkness Have Seen a Great Light

I know this update is a little sooner than I usually send, but God has been at work in sweet ways and I wanted to let you share in delighting in seeing His Spirit at work. Others have been emailing asking questions wondering how things are!

Thanks for Making Our Year Merry & Bright!

Thanks for Making Our Year Merry & Bright!

I hope this email finds you and your family enjoying this season of joy to its fullest. This year Christmas looks and feels a lot different. While you cuddle up to warm fireplaces and bundle up in sweaters, I'm trying to keep cool under the fan (electricity pending!) as we begin the dry season. Although I will miss being with each of you this year back home, I am looking forward to celebrating this season with the people here. 

Party in the Yard!

When was the last time you were THIS excited about your new mattress? Here's a little taste of the joy that your generosity brings! Click on the video below. Thanks again for loving our kiddos 

Of Writing Songs, Music, Coffee, Jesus, and generally... What a Year!

Of Writing Songs, Music, Coffee, Jesus, and generally... What a Year!

One thing I value and enjoy doing during my supply trips and days away every few months is to take moments to just chill, think, and process. I listen to music, read, think, sip coffee and stare into space. I enjoy spending time with “Kampala” friends too...

Summer Update 2017~

Summer Update 2017~

A few years back one of my co-workers (after noticing the fascination of the local children with books which are a rarely held item here) had a vision to reach kids through literacy and opened a small library at the mission. They collected donations of several thousand children’s books, but due to other unexpected needs arising they weren’t able to fully develop the project.

At the End of the Day...

At the End of the Day...

To hold in my heart and hands what I can. To do all that is within my power to do—and then leave the rest in His very capable hands. And pray for His strength to again get up tomorrow morning and start all over again. My hands have cracks—so much runs through, but He can hold in His hands everything with no cracks, nothing falling through, and no missteps. He can hold it all perfectly. Someday the truth will be known and justice will prevail. Until that day I remind myself He sees, He is with us, and ONE DAY He will make all right. In the meantime, Jesus keep my heart soft, my hands holding what I can, my feet running forward. Never let me grow calloused towards the status quo; never let me loose hope that things can be different and will be different someday.

Back in Uganda

Back in Uganda

Back in Uganda after a wonderful Christmas in Canada! It feels more and more like home...

Joy to The World, the Lord Has Come!

Joy to The World, the Lord Has Come!

Each Christmas season I spend time outside of North America, the awareness of this wonderful gift which is for ALL continues to grow. I hear the Christmas songs and story in a different, but richer way. For some reason when I heard "Joy to the World" previously I unconsciously thought "joy to MY world" but Jesus came for the whole world, bringing them joy through the gift of Himself ...

An Ebeneezer Moment, "The Lord has helped Us"

An Ebeneezer Moment, "The Lord has helped Us"

Today I had a peppermint mocha that cost me way too many Euros, but it was my first one in a year and it was in celebration of a God and Saviour who kindly leads us in His ways... 

The God Who Sees

The God Who Sees

We were making a “flying” road trip to the capital, along the roadside there was a very elderly gentlemen, his clothes threadbare hanging on an even more frail body. He hobbled along barely managing to carry the heavy jug of water... My heart broke for him and I wondered:  Does he have any family? Then God spoke to my heart, as He has numerous times over the last few months: "Laura, I see. I am the God who sees.” ...

31-Day Prayer Guide for the Release of the Lubwisi New Testament!

31-Day Prayer Guide for the Release of the Lubwisi New Testament!

Shortly after my last prayer letter, one Sunday morning I was discouraged and I felt like staying at home. (Isn’t it amazing how so often it is just before God is going to work that things seem the darkest?) BUT, I was really happy I didn’t follow my flesh to stay home…

Spring 2016 Update

I just realized today how many times during this last year God has encouraged me through passages from the book of Isaiah-and this one is my current favorite. God is always about doing new things and redeeming what is dry and dead. This is the cry of our hearts for the people and district we are working in; that God would bring rivers of life and do a new work as only He can do.

Arrived in Bundi!

Arrived in Bundi!

Some of you read my blog update from last week on the paradoxes of going and returning... On the mix of the joys and burdens of holding two very different lives and countries in your hands and hearts. It has been sweet to see how my old Ugandan friends are also recognizing and processing this-one of them said to me earlier this week: "how do the people at home ever let you go? How do they do it? ... I don't know how to describe it, but when you left us, we had a big gap... We suffer a wound from which we shall never recover." This brought joy to my heart because of the sweet friendship and connection that God had blessed me with from my old Ugandan village; and it also brings tears because I and they still miss our friendship so very much. Pray that God would bring the same friendship and connection with the new people I will be living among here in Bundibugyo...

"But Do You Still Want to Go?"  The Paradoxes of Going, Coming, Leaving, & Returning

"But Do You Still Want to Go?" The Paradoxes of Going, Coming, Leaving, & Returning

She looked at me with her sweet blue eyes and asked this question, “but do you still want to go?” The question surprised me in the moment, and yet I understand why she asked the question. My little sister was seeing me off at the airport and I had tears shamelessly flowing down my cheeks. Seeing me cry, I guess she began to wonder if I had somehow at the last minute changed my mind. I wanted to return, I know the sweet joy and peace that comes from being right where God wants you-and I didn’t doubt for one minute that I was about to head to the place where God wanted me. A place that I knew from previous experience would hold BOTH joy and pain, peace and tension, adventure and drudgery, excitement and frustration, deep friendships and isolation.

The first time you head off to the mission field you are giddy with excitement—you see only the adventure ahead. But once you have experience on the field the excitement is mixed with the clear reality that a life overseas is a mixed bag of joy and pain, success... and disappointment. The same things that bring excitement and adventure can also be the exact same things that bring drudgery and frustration...

Laura-Radio Interview, MCBI

Laura-Radio Interview, MCBI

After spending years as a political assistant preparing politicians for and writing talking points for media interviews, I had my own very first radio interview on the MCBI network... Hear it here

Time to GO!!!

I just got them this week-my tickets are booked back to UGANDA!!! What a journey it has been and how much God has done through these last few months!
 
I am filled “right up to the brim” with gratefulness to God for so many of you who have helped me along the way through the long transition and who are helping me return! ...

Merry Christmas 2015

Recently, with all the events going on in our world I have been reminded what good news we have. Our Redeemer came to earth bringing everlasting light and hope right into the middle of great darkness, not unlike the darkness of our current world. The weary hopeless shepherds suddenly saw the bright light and heard the good news of Jesus’ arrival—and were overjoyed when they heard the truth, the everlasting “tidings of great joy.”
 
This reminds me of a day in my old village, a young muslim mother had begun coming to one of my weekly ladies Bible studies...