Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shopping in Kampala

"Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever." 2 Chron. 20:21

We praise God for His provision both for our protection and for Kara and Micah. Kim and I took our first shopping trip into Kampala and left the kids at New Hope. Thankfully we went with other Americans and Uncle Dan, a Ugandan driver. Food and electrical differences cause the initial challenges.

Our challenge with food is not just doing our standard American menu but having enough familiar so that our cuisine changes slowly. No Mac n' Cheese, though. Because of traffic and distance (1 1/2 hours) and multiple stores and multiple people shopping (6 of us plus Uncle Dan), it is a long day 7:30am to 6pm.

Our challenge with electrical is the conversion and step-down (220V to 110V), after shopping for surge protectors and converters, I believe I may have fried our 4-in-1 copier, because I didn't look whether it was dual voltage or single. Unfortunately, it was only 125V. Yeowch. I don't know whether it is reparable or not. Tough and expensive lesson.

This morning, reading the story of Jehoshaphat, King of Judah (2 Chronicles 20) God's Word impressed me with his heart compared to his counterpart Ahab, ruling in Israel:

"After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
'Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.'" (vs. 21)

To put the singers and worshipers at the head of the army was a practice of the day but Jehoshaphat's faith and the faith and obedience of the people was blessed by God but the next line struck me:

"As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated." (vs. 22)

"As they began to sing and praise..." Amazing, the faith and trust in God that they would go to "certain doom" singing and praising. Grow that faith in me, Lord.
Only by God's grace, Tim

1 comment: