As I was reflecting on the joy of Christmas, I found a hanging in the local supermarket. It spells out “Joy” and has a cute picture of a snowman. It’s adorable, but it made me stop and think. Firstly, I wondered how many Ugandans in this area have actually seen snow…, but most importantly, I pondered:
What is joyous about Christmas? Read More
Christmas is just around the corner. That's not a surprise to you who live in the West, as you are inundated with commercials, decorations, and expectations of consumerism. How do you live in that world and still enjoy the true meaning of Christmas? Well, I know its no easy task. But it is possible. I would like to begin a four-part series focused on the true meaning of Christmas and how to stay sane in the midst of the chaos and pressure. Read More
How often do we grumble and complain instead of living a lifestyle of gratitude? Read More
How can we honor God in this broken world? Read More
Maybe some of you are perpetually poor or rich. For me, it comes in seasons. One season it seems the world around me is barren. No matter how hard I try, nothing is bearing fruit. Bills keep coming, but finances are squeezed further and further. The next season there is plentiful fruit and it seems like things are always going to be good and okay. There’s plenty for me to live and to give. (I stole that last line from my mom. It’s a prayer of hers to have enough to live and to give. I love that!) Read More
Being a missionary is challenging in many different areas. One of the biggest challenges for me has been asking for support.
My whole life I was taught not to beg, to work hard and to earn things for that hard work. Then I joined the mission field and it seemed like all of the things I had learned on how to survive in this world went out the window. Read More
Can I be honest? My heart is broken for the racial divides in the US these days. I never thought I would see the day where this type of chaos and division would happen. I don’t want to seem insensitive to the pain that has been beneath the surface for generations.
I have lived in Uganda for a long time now. My husband and son are Ugandan. My colleagues, my students and mentors alike here are Ugandan. I am definitely far removed from the streets of the US. So please don’t take this as insensitive. Please take this as what it is meant to be - a cry for unity in the Body of Christ from a fellow sojourner who desires to spread God’s heart of love to the nations (starting with this corner of East Africa where He has placed me). Read More
This week I would like to give an example of a local community outreach here that took place on Friday. I pray that it encourages you and stirs you to get up out of your pew and go reach the people in your own neighborhood and world!
Last Friday we loaded up Jesus Film equipment, snacks, and people into our car and headed into the bush. Like, really deep into the bush. The “road” that we traveled on was quite interesting. We knew we were in for an adventure! Read More
What is “The Church”?
Is it a building with four walls? Or are you that “building”?
The Church is the Body of Christ, the Temple of the Holy Spirit. You.
When Jesus walked this earth, He didn’t spend all of His time (or even most of it) in a building with the “righteous.” He walked the dirt roads of this world, He went into the red-light districts of His day. He touched, reached out, preached the Good News, healed the sick and hurting, and above all He loved. Read More
The world appears to be falling apart at the seams right now. Every news story breaks my heart more than the last.
Texas, Florida, India, Mexico, Puerto Rico and more affected by record breaking storms that have ripped lives apart.
Acts of terrorism all around the globe.
A serial killer right here in Uganda torturing and murdering women.
And now the horror that happened in Las Vegas.
Certainly, this only names a few of the things that have happened as of late. I don’t mean to minimize any or make one seem more tragic than another. All are heart wrenching. All make me cry out - how long, oh Lord? Read More
How women are defined by a culture affects the ways that they are permitted and encouraged to minister in their churches, homes, and communities.
We see throughout Scripture how valuable women are to God.
We see that not only does He notice us, lift us up and love us - but He equips us for good works in His kingdom!
You are an important part of His plan of redemption. You are not made simply to sit on the sidelines. We see from the two scriptures above that women were actively involved in ministry in the early Church: in the community/church (as Aquila AND Priscilla shared with Apollos), and in the home (as Lydia responded to the Gospel, brought the Gospel to her family, and later a church was started in her home that would impact many). Read More
Last week we talked about how we are not doormats. This week I would like to look at the other side of the coin. I hear reports of women doing terrible, vulgar things these days in the name of feminism and women’s empowerment. This grieves my heart deeply, because these things actually cause us to go backward and not forward. It actually feels to me like people have lost their minds! Read More
Who are we?
Women are not created to rule the home, but to build it. We are not created to be stepped on, abused, or mistreated. (Neither are we called to step on, abuse, or mistreat anyone else. I will talk more about that part next week.)
Women of God are clothed with Strength and Dignity- this is how the Bible describes a virtuous woman. Read More
Today more than ever there is a lot of confusion as to who we are called to be as women. Where is our value found? What is our standing in our homes? As I see the contrast between life in Kitgum and life in the US, I see the gap ever widening. And both perspectives fall terribly short of what God says about who I am and what my place is in this world. It is not our culture, a march, or a set of laws that define who we are. It is God. Regardless of the circumstances, that does not change. From the woman in a posh corner office, to the old illiterate widow sleeping on the floor of her mud hut - our core value is not found in what we do, where we live, or the cultural norms. Read More
I have walked these dirt roads for years now. I have taken several children in along the way for periods of time. Each time they left, it was very hard as it felt like a piece of my heart was going away. When I first came to Uganda, it was because of the children who were running in fear for their lives from a rebel group. It was to hug them, love them, and show them Jesus. This has morphed and blossomed over the years, but that heart is something that God placed within me and that has remained: to minister to children and to love them. I just didn’t know how it would come to fruition. Read More
One of the biggest challenges in my life is my tongue. Sometimes I let it carry me away and get me into trouble. If I’m honest - there are many words that have escaped my lips that shouldn’t have. This especially seems to happen in my marriage. If I am totally open and honest with you, I must admit that too many times I use my words to tear my husband down instead of building him up. This is an area where I am desperate for God’s intervention, and I pray daily to speak words of life and encouragement to him and to everyone else around me. Read More
Yesterday we met an amazing pastor named Sunday. Sunday has a heart to reach the people in remote villages where there are no churches. In just over a year, God has used him to plant seventeen churches. And he isn’t done yet. We met him through my friend Lois. It’s beautiful to see a local man doing this type of work. We had the privilege of meeting the leaders from these churches yesterday and holding a leadership training. People came from these far villages to gather together for encouragement in the Word. They are hungry to learn more so that they can better serve where God has placed them. Some of them are young believers themselves, and so there is much need for training and equipping. Read More
“Marriage is a great institution, if you like institutions.”
I was working in a medical clinic years ago, and these were the comical words of my friend who was older and had been married for some time. It was funny, but it was also sad. She really believed the joke she was saying. And she’s not alone.
These days more than ever, marriage is under attack. Especially biblical marriage. This is not news to anyone, particularly those who live in the US and other countries where the god of this age and popular opinion stand in stark contrast to what the Word of God teaches. Those who try to honor God face many challenges. Marriage is hard work, and it’s getting harder and harder as we are pressing against the tide of this world. Read More
On Monday I sat with a woman named Betty before the Bible study. She was attacked on the road several weeks ago by a family who wants her husband to take their daughter as another wife. Betty didn’t want her husband taking other wives (imagine that!), and thus the attack. Six people beat her mercilessly and she was unable to move around for about a week. I prayed with her and encouraged her to make sure her and her three children are safe. Thankfully, the clan elders are stepping in and trying to resolve the matter. (This is the village justice system.) Read More
This week my life flashed before my eyes (well, that may be a little bit dramatic… it was scary, though.)
The fear was not from a major ministry event, a cultural issue, or something relational. It was because of rats. You see, I’m not a huge fan of the rodents. Quite the opposite. They scare me (a lot). Read More