I leave for Uganda in about 6 weeks to work with Olive Branch Ministries. I will be embarking on this journey for a number of reasons that the Lord has been revealing to me. In reflecting on why I am going, what I hope to achieve, and the skills that I bring to the table I have come to see this opportunity to not only grow in my own faith, but enjoy in seeing my family develop their faith as well.
For years, my extended family has been involved in Olive Branch Ministries and hearing about their travels to Uganda initially sparked my interest in tagging along. Traveling to Panama this past January with Global Bridges gave me a taste of a new culture and fueled my curious spirit to expand my horizons even further. God has certainly given me a passion for learning and I learn best through experiences. I trust that this mission trip will be an excellent opportunity to learn not only about a different culture, but also gain a deeper understanding of how the Lord is working in this area of Uganda. I am not going to Uganda to tour Africa, I am going to Uganda to connect with people, develop lasting relationships, and above all let the spirit guide me so that I may spread the love of God to unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar land.
After having the privilege to go to Panama City Beach also this past semester and engage in spiritual conversations with strangers on the beach with UMass Campus Crusade for Christ, I now understand the importance of stepping out in faith to let the Lord lead me. Being a “good” evangelist doesn’t entail converting the most people, following God and trusting in Him makes for a successful evangelist. Only God has the power to change hearts, we are simply vessels at the mercy of His almighty wind. While in Africa, I will not spend time worrying about checking items off my endless to do list. I will focus less on what I am doing and more on whom I am doing it for. Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”
I have been praying an awful lot about what unique qualities I bring to the table. Not why do I want to go, but why should I? Perhaps this wont be entirely clear until I get to Uganda, or even after I leave, but none the less this is important to think about. God has a plan for me in Uganda and its my job to follow his guidance, trusting Him and giving up control.