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… Click to read more
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... Click to read more
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, Click to read more
A few weeks ago I spoke on Sunday morning sharing what the Lord has for me next in Uganda-as well as sharing what God has been teaching me about leaving our "Comfort Zones." God always wants us to keep us uncomfortable-moving and growing in our dependence on Him. My brother video taped the message (Don't you just love family enthusiasm?! :) Here it is, enjoy! … Click to read more
In honour of National Dog day-here's ten things my ole' dog "Boondocks" taught me about life:
1. No matter where we go, where we came from is still a big part of who we are. (Her name "Boondocks"...I named her that to remind me that despite living in the big city and loving it, I'm a country kid at heart. And yes, despite this dog living with me in the city for years-she still loves the outdoors and theres nothing quite like an open field and a squirrel to chase)
2. Everyday is a new day with new adventures in it... and, no doubt, new mistakes as well. Being woken up every morning by my tail wagging dog that just couldn't wait to see what the new day held is infectious. (Life and a career are much the same.) Meet it with gusto and gratefulness. ... Click to read more
This week as I was praying (and perhaps wrestling with God about my future location!) :) He reminded me of the quote I wrote in the front of my bible almost 10 years ago:
"God does His most stunning work where things seem hopeless. Wherever there is pain, suffering, & desperation Jesus is. And that's where His people belong among those who are vulnerable who think nobody cares. What a place for the brilliance of Christ to shine." -Jim Cymbala.
This week I went back to my old village for a visit. It was wonderful to see my Ugandan friends and some of my former co-workers. When I arrived my dear Ugandan ladies hollered and danced and hugged and laughed. Their commotion caused others to join and it was a sweet reunion with laughter, joy, and tears. For many of these precious people (many of whom never travel far) once you leave you almost grieve it as the death of the person in your life.
Although I promised to visit I think they didn't really believe I would return to Uganda. When I suddenly appeared at their hut they at first looked at me as if I was a ghost but then they ran towards me realizing I was indeed real! Haha. It was wonderful to catch up with them and meet new babies, see growing children and youth, and share in the joy of friendship... Click to read more
Over the last 6 months I've turned again and again to 2 Corinthians 4. I don't usually just put the "cut and dry" facts up on my blog, but this chapter has impacted my life and thoughts through these months of change-I hope it will encourage your heart as it has mine. This week while I was reading it once again I noticed how many phrases are repeated throughout the chapter: "We Do Not": -Loose Heart -Preach (or promote) ourselves, but Christ... Click to read more
Late last year I began to sense the Lord putting more and more of a passion in my heart for evangelism. It’s been interesting to see other people confirm this as well. Even just the little comments since I returned home like “Laura, I know you’re a gifted Administrator-but the joy I see on your face as you lead Bible studies or tell children about Jesus… this is what God is calling you to… Click to read more
Last night I began the daunting task of packing up to go back to Uganda. I began to think about how much of a missionaries life is spent going from one place to another. Once I finished organizing what would be stored here I set about to attack the pile that had been accumulating over the last few weeks of things I needed to take back with me. The pile looked huge and I had my doubts of whether or not I could really fit all this in my suitcases! Then I began the “de-packaging” process… I began to think about how so much of our lives are about packaging-the clothes we wear, the house we live in, the car we drive, the way our hair looks ... Click to read more
I’m sitting here in the London airport on my way home for Christmas reflecting on God’s grace and goodness throughout this last year! Living in a third-world country I’ve come to realize and be thankful for the many things I used to so often take for granted—health, safety, provision, etc! And tomorrow I will hug my Mom back on Canadian soil-healthy and well!
When I left for Uganda my Dad wrote this verse in the front of my Bible: “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9) I have so often referred back to that verse during this last year. There have been times when I felt weak, and there have been other times where I needed courage-but each and every time our all-sufficient God has provided the grace for every moment...
Last week at the Wednesday Bible study the ladies were sharing prayer requests. It all was proceeding as usual and then in a moment everything changed... It was a simple sincere prayer request, but it was one that awoke and reminded me of the reality of life here. The lady simply said: “Pray that we will make it to see the New Year.” She went on to talk of all the dangers & sicknesses that so many have faced this year and praised God for His protection; but she then again expressed her desire that we would all see the New Year... Click to read more
Those who know me well, know that I love Christmas. Being a super aesthetic person, I love all the extra care and attention to details this time of the year—from the Starbucks red cups to the warm glow of the candles and lights. But, it’s really not just the aesthetics of Christmas that I love—every year something new fascinates me about the Christmas story.
Being at the “trying to figure out what’s next” stage of my life makes me think about some of the harder questions of life. How does your will fit into Gods will; how man can/or cannot mess up Gods will; how much does Gods will depend on your effort; how can free will, sin, and a Sovereign God all co-exist? You know, the questions that keep you awake at night—and not just in a theoretical sense like some abstract problem in college math; but some small and yet very real circumstance in your life that makes you grapple with these questions. However, I am coming to the conclusion that perhaps we don’t really have to figure these out—as humans we have a tendency to place far too much weight and importance on the actions and decisions of humans... Click to read more