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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. I didn't see any immediate water source, so I knew he was likely hauling the water some distance. My heart broke for him and I wondered: Where are his children? Does he have any family? He obviously had a difficult time getting enough food to thrive. 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.”

The God Who Sees. This is what God says repeatedly throughout the Bible, He tells us "I see...” “I have seen..." God has given me this comfort as I have taken my trials to Him and He gives this same comfort to the frail old man struggling to haul his daily water supply, the grandmother who went to bed hungry yet again, or the widowed mother struggling to work and provide for her children to attend school, or the school boy who's books have been thrown to the ground by bullies because his book backpack is broken.

And, our loving God not only sees, but he acts in keeping with His character. Immediate resolve and action does not always come right away-but someday it will come perfectly! We hope with joyful anticipation for the future when all things will be put right. But, in the moments of not always being able to resolve suffering God brings comfort in the words: "I am the God who sees."

I was recently watching the movie The Letter on the life of Mother Theresa. One of the things she said in the movie is: "The greatest suffering is to feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for and alone." So many people here feel unloved, unseen, and uncared for. Pray that God would continue to give wisdom as I work alongside Him, trying to bring comfort in letting people know they are seen—and that most important of all, my God sees and hears them. And, although I can’t help everyone with everything, Jesus Can.

This week I sat with a young friend on the front porch who is struggling in a family where the Dad took a second wife and hasn’t really continued to care for his first wife and 10 children. My friend said: “I hate being poor, I feel God has abandoned me.” That morning I had read some Psalms including these verses and I shared with my friend that God has promises especially for those who are poor:

“For the needy shall not always be forgotten; the expectation of the poor shall not perish forever… But you have seen, for you observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; you are the helper of the fatherless…Lord, you have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; you will cause your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more… For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, Now I will arise, says the Lord. I will set him in the safety for which He yearns. The Words of the Lord are pure Words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth. Purified seven times. You shall keep them O Lord.”

Beautiful verses! So friends, I know back in America there isn’t the same physical poverty as there is here, but there are other types of poverty-perhaps an “unseenness” amidst the busyness of commerce and social media landscape, or perhaps a situation in your life (a suffering that is unseen or not understood by those around you). Take heart in that truth that our all-knowing and all-powerful God sees. He is the God who sees.

Thank you for your continuing prayers for me as I seek to be the hands, ears, and eyes of Jesus. And, thank you for your faithful support-I see it every month on my donor report and Thank God for YOU!

Love, Laura

A Once in a Lifetime Experience: The Arrival Celebration of the Lubwisi New Testament! What a special day. Thank you for praying for us and standing with us. It was a once in a lifetime experience. For some Missionaries celebrating a life-time of work. I found myself choked up with happy tears a few times throughout the day. I've been especially encouraged by how the young people here are excited and interested in reading the Bible in their own language. Pray that the seed of His Word would fall on good soil and bear much fruit! Here's a picture of the NEW New Testaments-but you can see more HERE!

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The Bundi Missionary Team (Past & Present!) PRAYER Praising God for: A beautiful joyous celebration and safety for all those who travelled here for the Lubwisi New Testament celebration! The provision of a vehicle from another expat leaving Uganda! And thank you to those of you who gave for that purpose! It is 16 years old, but I’m told here it is still relatively “new”? :) The completion of another semester at our school, aside from a pink eye “epidemic” God blessed us with a healthy, peaceful, good semester. Safety, protection, and peace during the summer (that historically has been a turbulent time for uprisings and tribal issues). For God’s provision and blessing on our new Team Leaders (A few weeks ago our former team leaders, who have finished their term, left and are returning to America with their young children.) Asking God for: Wisdom in how to walk with and point people to Jesus, the One who sees. When to give to physical needs, when to refrain and how to communicate that best. Helping them learn to look to Jesus! The operations of our school going forward as our former team leaders departure is felt. For our missionary Staff at the School as we plan-pray-plan and prepare for the future! We are currently working at developing a strategic 5 and 10-year plan for the school… we would love to see it grow to maturity and self-sustainment. (The school is currently subsidized at close to 70%.) Pray for the young people that are reading the New-New Testament with me each week, that God would use them in the future to share His Word with others and that the truths would enter their hearts. God’s grace and nearness to me as I’ve found it really lonely here. Pray that in His time would provide friendships that would be life-giving. A quick ear in hearing the local language and understanding in the best way for me to learn.

The Bundi Missionary Team (Past & Present!)

PRAYER
Praising God for:

A beautiful joyous celebration and safety for all those who travelled here for the Lubwisi New Testament celebration!

The provision of a vehicle from another expat leaving Uganda! And thank you to those of you who gave for that purpose! It is 16 years old, but I’m told here it is still relatively “new”? :)

The completion of another semester at our school, aside from a pink eye “epidemic” God blessed us with a healthy, peaceful, good semester.

Safety, protection, and peace during the summer (that historically has been a turbulent time for uprisings and tribal issues).

For God’s provision and blessing on our new Team Leaders (A few weeks ago our former team leaders, who have finished their term, left and are returning to America with their young children.)

Asking God for:

Wisdom in how to walk with and point people to Jesus, the One who sees. When to give to physical needs, when to refrain and how to communicate that best. Helping them learn to look to Jesus!

The operations of our school going forward as our former team leaders departure is felt.

For our missionary Staff at the School as we plan-pray-plan and prepare for the future! We are currently working at developing a strategic 5 and 10-year plan for the school… we would love to see it grow to maturity and self-sustainment. (The school is currently subsidized at close to 70%.)

Pray for the young people that are reading the New-New Testament with me each week, that God would use them in the future to share His Word with others and that the truths would enter their hearts.

God’s grace and nearness to me as I’ve found it really lonely here. Pray that in His time would provide friendships that would be life-giving.

A quick ear in hearing the local language and understanding in the best way for me to learn.