Friday, August 24, 2012

My only true comfort

I have been thinking about comfort lately. I often find comfort in food that I enjoy, in rest in a comfortable bed, and in relationships. I have realized that some of my anxiety related to moving to Uganda, has to do with not having many of the comforts that I have here in America. But these things do not actually provide TRUE comfort. This morning I have been thinking about a catechism question from the Heidelberg Catechism. Here it is:

What is my only comfort in life and in death?

That I am not my own, but belong- body and soul, in life and in death- to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.
He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil. He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head apart from the will of my Father in heaven. In fact, all things must work together for my salvation.
Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Here are some more photos of kids at Good Shepherd's Fold. I got these photos from some facebook posts from people who are currently serving there.

Whether we are in Uganda or in the US, I can rest assured that I belong to God and He is watching over me, my family and His children at Good Shepherd's Fold.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Encouraging Support Update

We have recently received encouraging news of several people who have committed to monthly support for our ministry! We are very thankful! We are grateful to now have over 10% of our monthly support coming in already!

Since our departure date is 10-11 months away, several people have asked when they should start sending in monthly support. If you feel led to financially support the work God has called us to do, we would like to ask you to consider beginning your financial support now. Any gifts received before we leave will go toward our significant one-time expenses. We are raising support to build additional missionary housing at Good Shepherd's Fold Orphanage, purchase a vehicle, and move our family to Uganda. If we had all of our monthly support coming in over these next 10 months, these one-time expenses could be covered! So please pray about whether you are able to begin supporting this work that God is doing at GSF as He sends us to be support staff teaching the missionary kids there. We are praying that God will provide 150 more people/families to join our monthly support team. If you have any questions or would like to hear more about this work, we would love to meet with you sometime soon!

Below is a photo of one of the cute kids living at Good Shepherd's Fold.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


An early college visit. :) Actually we met with people in admissions about how to help the missionary kids we will be teaching to get ready for the college admissions process.
Elijah in the butterfly garden at TN Aquarium
At the end of July and the first few days of August our family went to Chattanooga, TN to share our calling with friends there, hopefully raise support, and have some family fun before the start of the school year. We met with friends from St. Elmo Presbyterian, Covenant College and Signal Mountain Christian School. It was great to catch up with everyone! Some friends also generously shared passes to take us to the Creative Discovery Museum and the Tennessee Aquarium. Also, special thanks to Rob and Petrina McGarvey who let us use their home for a week! Here are some photos of our family enjoying the time in Chattanooga.
Ezra wanted to spend the whole day digging for dinosaur bones at the Creative Discovery Museum
Our kids "bee"ing nice at the Creative Discovery Museum.
Something is fishy here.
Our kids loved the penguins at the TN Aquarium! One even followed Elijah around.