The past 72 hours have been quite an adventure. I was met at the airport by an entourage of people to see me off. Tom Patton (our missions pastor) encouraged me by reading Psalm 43 and praying over me before I departed. Many tears and laughs were shared with sweet friends, then the first leg of the journey began.
I sat next to a mom of missionaries on my first flight. She prayed for me before we even took off from the ground!
The second flight from Dallas to London was filled laughter as I sat next to a hysterically funny couple from Nottingham, England. She (Angela) was quick witted and he (Kevin) had a dry sense of humor…..at one point the passenger in front of Kevin reclined the chair rather quickly and the Angela commented (in an English accent) “It looked like she was ejecting from her seat the way it flew back!” The conversation turned toward spiritual matters mid way through the flight, and I was able to share a bit of my story and how God’s grace has impacted my life and they shared where they were on their journey. Needless to say, the flight to England went by quickly.
The final leg of the trip I met up with a fellow teammate (Ashley). It was good to see a familiar face who understood where I was emotionally, physically, and mentally in those hours, as she had just gone through the exact same process.
Two of our teammates met us at the airport on our arrival (huge surprise) with signs and smiles to welcome us to our new home. It has been a “soft landing” with all of their care in welcoming us here–answering all our questions, helping us get Ugandan shillings, setting up our phones, taking us to yummy places to eat, visiting an expat church so we could worship in English, etc.
We will head to Bundibugyo on Wednesday. I can’t wait to see the rest of the team!
Glimpses of God’s Provision:
1. Extra bag cost 1/2 what was expected
2. My heavy carry on (I love books) was able to be checked free from London to Entebbe
3. Rainbows reflected on the plane wall on the first flight and a rainbow on the jetway as I was boarding the flight to London (God has revealed Himself to me in really difficult times in the past through the appearance of rainbows, hence the significance of them)
4. Encouraging people to sit next to on each plane to Uganda
5. Quick adjustment to the time change with very little jet lag
6. Worship in Uganda in English with familiar songs which encouraged my soul, and the reminder that life begins at the end of your comfort zone
It’s been a wonderful few days, and I look forward to seeing what God has in store over the next few months. For now, I praise Him for the soft landing and am excited for what’s ahead.