friends, gone out of my comfort zone and had fun, had fun in my comfort zone, done things I'd never have
imagined two years ago, found talents and shared them with many people, worked hard, lazed around, found God
more extensively than I had in the states, and found family in places I wouldn't have dared to dream even less
then a year ago. I've learned lessons the easy way and hard way, became sick more than a few times, recovered
to bless His Name, received amazing pets and more blessings than I could ever ask for. I do love it here! But now
I am able so say that next year, we are going on furlough. It's not a bad thing, no not at all. I just hope we'll be
back this way after visiting the States, if we don't, I'm going to miss everything, everyone, here.
Kansas team came back in November, there were a few people I had never met before. So within the week they
were here, I made friends with most if not all of them, just, not quite as well as I would have liked. Thanks Emilee
for being a great new friend for the short time you were here! Miranda, if you ever see this, *rolling eyes* you
were pretty awesome too. As for Paige.... Must I say more? :P Just kidding. Oh and Leah, I didn't forget you
just to let you know. ;) Yes, there are also many awesome Ugandan friends. I met most of them on the basketball
court, many in the Heart of Worship Team and For Him team, one or two of them actually just continued to say
hello to me until I learned their names. Notice I didn't mention meeting friends in Ebenezer family. The reason for
that is, they are all my brothers and sisters. They could be friends, but I like to think of family as family.
wanted me to join Heart of Worship team. I was very reluctant, because I wasn't confident in my singing, and I
only knew one person in the group really well. But I took a chance and went to practice the first time. I loved it!
Probably one of the reasons I loved it so much was because this girl, named Peace, who I didn't really know at
all, invited me over to sit by her because I was sitting alone. That was what made it so amazing I think. The
second time was in May. Some of my friends kept asking me if I was going to this EYO Camp that was
happening. I didn't really want to go but everyone encouraged me to, so I did. I went, and I had a blast! I've done
a lot of things within my comfort zone, like played basketball with the big boys. It's not so bad if you know what
to do around them. I've gotten knocked down once or twice but that's part of playing. Who cares as long as you
don't break or fracture or sprain anything?
eat goat meat roasted off the bones and liked it, learned a few words in Luganda, an African language, and much,
know). I found my talent for basketball, I already knew I had artistic talent, I found out I could sing, playing
piano... Though the piano thing took six years of practice. I've shared my basketball talent by helping out in the
staff team when they don't have enough people, and helping the girls learn how to play. I can't really remember a
time when I shared my art, although maybe cooking is an art, in that case I've shared art countless times! I've
shared my singing by helping lead worship and helping different people find harmonies to different songs,
performing a song with three others by taking someone's place... Piano? I've played quite a few times for worship
nights and for Sunday worship services.
working in the Family gardens. I've gotten blisters tons of times, hoeing, slashing, harvesting... Lazing around?
Really, that only comes when the holiday's come. This day today, because I have a fever, I had to stay home and
laze around. I don't like it so much, I'm kinda a girl who has to be active, using my mind or body, working or
differently, wider view. Also, because I'm more active in helping out in the church which means I'm included in
Bible studies, and even those worship practices when we're just focusing on God. Thanks to the Kansas team,
who brought my Bible and two Bible study books, even in the short time I've had them, I feel closer to Him. I
hope this year, 2012, I'll become ever closer, so I'll never be able to pull away.
and parents. They have all played a part in my life, in my growth. I know that none of them will ever see this post,
but I want to thank all of them, starting with Aunt Lydia and ending with little Faith. You guys are my African
family, and whatever happens in the future, I will not forget any of you!
forget it. Mostly when I learn my lesson the hard way, it's when I make a mistake in life. That's the hard way to
learn, learning how to mend the mistake, and if it's not possible, give it up to God and in the process, learning not
to make the same mistake again. The easy lessons come when I read His Word and take it to heart, putting it into
practice whenever the time comes.
look at it, but I've got a fever. Anyway, we learn to push through the sicknesses we encounter, the mild ones at
least. God controls the bad ones, when we become sick enough so it's possible we might die, all we can do is
trust Him that he knows what he's doing. I've never before in my life, that I can remember, come close to death.
And I'm not bragging about it, but I don't think it would be fun to brush past death. Malaria isn't that bad, you
people who are scared of it. If you realize you have it at the beginning stages, it's over in a few days, just leaving
you weak and tired. If you don't know that you have it until weeks pass, it's very possible you can die. I've had
malaria before. It's just like having a really bad fever and aches. Fortunately, I didn't throw up like a lot of people
do if they have malaria, that's what I hate most. Throwing up. Thank you Lord that I haven't thrown up for over
six months! Why am I talking about this?
Neptune (rooster) are just plain annoying. Granny, (a chicken) she's ok, even though she only lays like, ten eggs a
month. But I'm thankful all the same for all of them. Other blessings? This house for one. Beautiful sunsets,
wonderful people, even just being here in Africa doing His work. The list of blessings could go on and on and
on..... But if I continued to write all of them, it'd probably be weeks or months or even years to write them all.
That's the long overview of 2011. I had fun.
Here's the quick over view of what has happened in 2011. January through December.
months ago we started doing our floor.
"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You." Isaiah 26:3
"Yes Lord, walking in the way of Your laws, we wait for you; Your name and renown are the desire of
The first pic is of Aunt Lydia, her son Joshua and baby Faith, my mom especially likes this picture! The second is
one of my favorite pictures of a person and a guitar. I fixed it up better on my computer, but whatever.