First, Thank You!
Isaiah 61 / Luke 4
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor"
Christmas at the VH!
My Husband…Whom I Love So Very Much...
So, we continued traveling and then I heard him say something, but I wasn't sure I was hearing him right, for it is sometimes difficult to hear while driving through traffic (again, don't tell my mom I was riding a boda through traffic). I asked him again what he said. He repeated himself, and sure enough he was asking what I thought:
"Do you have a man?"
I quickly told him,
"Yes, I have a husband. He is a muganda."
He sounded surprised,
"Eh! A muganda?"
And then he added,
"I love you".
To which I replied,
"Bananage! ("my word" or "oh my!").
So then I busted out a phrase I had been taught in my Luganda lessons and thought I would never use,
"Njagala nyo omwami wange"
What does this phrase mean?
"I love my husband very much".
Now, I am not one of the mzungus who lies to every single boda telling them I am married. I don't feel it is necessary, honestly… Sometimes the guys will ask you, "Are you married?" or "Do you have a man?" and I just tell them no but I am not looking. This man was very persistent… for the rest of the ride he kept saying "I love you… I love you… love…" Haha. I made it to my gate and repeated very seriously, but with a kind smile, "Njagala nyo omwami wange. Nyo, nyo , nyo" (so, so, so much!) then firmly handed him the money. I decided to tell him he had "bad manners", as they say here, and went to my friends' little shop to buy something and hang out until he drove away from our road/gate.
Oh boy. There ya go. I love my husband very much. Ha.
Christ Community Church - An answer to many prayers
Needless to say, one of my greatest prayer requests when coming to Uganda for a 2-year period was to find a faith community where I could develop strong relationships. I was hoping for individuals who had a firm, Biblical faith who were eager to dig deeper and learn the Scriptures in a more intimate way.
My first month or two, I found a Sunday morning church that I enjoyed so much. The worship is solid and strong and truly brings our church family to the throne, but I wasn't feeling much community in the home. I continued to pray for a small group of friends… and specifically Ugandans.
The Lord led me to a pastor and his home church. A home church that in the big city of Kampala is only a whopping 10-15 walk from my home!!! Dave and Jen Carroll are fellow CTEN missionaries from the States and who have spent a combined 15 or so years here in Uganda. Dave presents solid Biblical teachings on Sunday afternoons and we all enjoy each other's fellowship. Dave and Jen have actually known some of the individuals for more than 12 years! So the conversations & teachings are full of wonderful questions and Biblical answers. Because our group is made up of Ugandans (besides the Carroll family and myself) many cultural beliefs and perceptions are presented and challenged with Biblical truth. It is such a blessing to learn more about this culture's history of worldview and what is being taught in churches in the area. I admire the Ugandans so much for bringing up "hot topics" and issues from the local churches…. (please don't get the impression that every church in Uganda is full of false teaching, that is not the case…but as in any other country, there are misconceptions and interpretations of Scripture that affect day-to-day life of the people in this country).
So… we recently had a Christmas retreat out at the Carrolls' home (20 minutes from our children's homes in Bombo).. I am so thankful for this family and their ministry. It is an absolute blessing from the Lord. Thank you for everyone who prayed for this!
I apologize, most of the pictures are of our "Merry Christmas" board that kept being added to through the days of the retreat.. hah...