This past Sunday, March 20, Lauren and I had the privilege to launch our pre-field ministry amidst many of the most impactful people in our lives – our home church. Sunday, March 20th was the annual Missions Conference at our sending church, Memorial Baptist. What an encouragement and blessing to share our ministry and begin our support raising journey among such close family and friends.
Sitting at the edge of a cliff overlooking a lush and dense waterfall-fed jungle valley in Sipi Falls, northern Uganda, I struggled with understanding God’s call on my life. My faith was small and weak and I doubted much. I glanced out over the cliff and observed all the grass-roof huts that spotted the ravine like the bug bites on my own arms and legs. I was discouraged that my dream relied so heavily on so many others. Who would put their faith in me? What kind of person would commit their hard-earned wages to a kid like me to chase wherever God is leading? Who would want to support me? I found some hope while I stayed with my host family. I could sell all of my possessions, empty my savings, buy a plane ticket, purchase some land, plant a garden, and survive just like the locals and still fulfill God’s purpose for my life.
Lauren and I have both matured some over the past six years and God has stretched and grown my faith tremendously as I have continued to see his work, provision and guidance in my life. Such a work in our hearts has both Lauren and I so excited to move forward with this new phase in our adventure of chasing God wherever He leads. We are praying for our continued excitement and encouragement as we share what He is doing in our lives, and hear what He is doing in the lives of the many, many others we will meet on this journey. We trust He will bring along just the right churches and individuals to join our team that will faithfully pray and support us as we do the same for each of them.