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No one is called to be a missionary alone.
I look at those that God has brought into my life in Uganda, and I’m so thankful. Without the support of local people who have accepted me, and other foreigners getting by as aliens here, I don’t think I would have made it this far.
One of the blessings of being here is that the people are relational and hospitable. Though there is some caution of outsiders, the longer I stay, the more trust I develop with them (as is true anywhere.) One such beautiful person is my mom Rebekah who just went home to be with the Lord this year. Prior to that, she accepted me as her family and loved me like a daughter. Having relationships here means everything, and being called the daughter of such an elderly respected woman gave me favor to be able to move in more villages with more credibility. It more importantly brought me comfort being away from my family in the US. God truly places the lonely in families.
It blesses me to know that my labor here is not in vain, as I develop relationships with the local people. Some are superficial and fake, as people just try to get something from me or other missionaries; but there are some real, lifelong friendships and relationships that have changed me.
In addition, I have some great friends who hail from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. My husband and I meet with most of them every Sunday for a home church where we listen to the Word, hold each other up with whatever struggles we are going through, pray, and eat a meal together. When we go through hard times or struggle with cultural issues, this has been an incredible support system. Knowing that others are holding us up as we also hold them up makes all the difference. There is a real and genuine love and comradery between us, DESPITE the fact that we are from different parts of the world, denominations, and organizations. At the end of the day, none of that matters.
David Livingstone, a great missionary of old, said: "I am immortal till my work is accomplished. And although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God's Word."
It is because of the labor of Livingstone and others that we see such great fruit today, that I am able to be called the daughter of a Ugandan woman in a village, and so on. I thank God for those who tilled the ground that we may reap these great benefits today! They are the unseen co-laborers who make missions what they are today, in this new world full of cell phones, emails, and airplanes. I thank God that they said “yes” when the cost was much higher. Who has God brought alongside to keep you going on the mission field?
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Hi, my name is Erica and I am a God-called missionary for Northern Uganda. It is my passion and life-calling to bring God’s word to the people of the world. Each and every one of us can do our part in spreading God’s word to people in need of Jesus’ healing touch and hope. Trying to figure out if God has called you to the mission field? Do you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a missionary? Check out my book, For the Joy Set Before Us – Insights Into the Missionary Journey today.