“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
As I write this, I have completed day 2 of teaching after a three week break. Having jumped right into teaching not long after getting off the plane, it was wonderful having a few weeks to settle into Jinja, explore some areas around Uganda, learn about other ministries in the area, fellowship, and rest.
During the second week of break, I went on a mini-vacation to Sipi Falls with a group of Amazima staff members. Sipi Falls is about a four hour drive from Jinja, and is unbelievably beautiful. We went on several hikes, enjoyed the view from the lodge whilst sipping African tea, held a chameleon, went on a coffee tour that took us through the entire coffee-making process (including drinking the best coffee I have ever tasted), watched the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen, and played tons of board/card games. It was such an incredible time of rest and relaxation and allowed me to get to know some of my Amazima family a little bit better. I spent most of each day marveling at God’s creation. It still blows my mind that there are so many people who wake up to these views everyday and know no different. How amazing is it that God gave us the ability to appreciate the beauty of His creation? I have literally hundreds of pictures from the trip, so it was hard for me to choose just a few to share, but here they are:
Since Sipi Falls, my roommates and I have made some headway in making our apartment feel more “homey.” We chose paint colors and hired someone to paint the inside of our apartment. The tranquil gray and turquoise we chose for our living room turned out to be more of a lilac-and-turquoise combination when mixed, but I think the color scheme is beginning to grow on us. That or we just don’t want to go through the hassle of repainting.
Kirstin (one of my roommates) and I also experienced a first together when we got our car stuck in the mud on Sunday! Some fresh but unpacked dirt on the road combined with a downpour that had just finished and a truck coming the opposite direction caused us to skid into the banks of the road where we promptly discovered we could not get out on our own. Fortunately, we were close to the school, where we had friends who happily bailed us out.
While I am so grateful that God gives His children the gift of rest, I have to say that I am ecstatic to be back at work. The campus seemed so empty with all of the Ugandan students at home, I missed the routine that I have when I’m working, I missed my students, and I missed teaching!
Join me in praying for Amazima as the students transition into their third term. Amazima is also hiring for several positions! Pray for well-qualified applicants who are eager to serve God in Uganda as well as our leaders who are going through the interest forms, applications, and interview process. Check out the openings here, and share if you know anyone who may be interested!