In the midst of this fire and storm of stress, God showed up, as He promised. Day by day we were awed by answered prayer, by meeting of the minds, by unanticipated insights, by that-makes-sense-agreements. By tears and by relief. By blessing.
The three main messages God has brought to us from Scripture this year have coalesced: I will fight your battles and bring Myself Glory just march on (2 Chron 20); Drink the cup of My will even it it is bitter (Mark 14); and Find Me in your weakness (2 Cor 12). So here we are, emerging from a week of intensity with a testimony that God has not forgotten us here in Bundibugyo, that He loves us and the people we serve, that He is not finished with any of us, not punishing any of us, but calling us to move into the unknown of the future with faith. We know that the next year will not be easy (was there ever an easy one?), particularly as Scott has been asked as Chairman of the Board of Governors for CSB to significantly step up his oversight and involvement at the school. WHM affirmed our commitment to CSB and decided for now to forgo the proposed paths of government-aid or other-organization-donation. We know God led in that direction. We also know that we will struggle to love, to accept our weaknesses, sins, and failures as the very place where we encounter the presence of God's grace.
God speaks through His word, and also through our leaders. We're grateful to be part of a missionary-order, a family of believers, in which the Director of Ministries with responsibility for 170 missionaries in dozens of fields could land on our doorstep and listen and give us perspective and call us to grow. We're grateful that the mission leadership prayed for him, and us, and that we were a witness to the way God works through all that, which increases our trust in following.
But, as they say in Uganda, the struggle continues. This district is a place of oppression. It is hard to live and work here. The spiritual push-back from evil is palpable, the physical demands are heavy, the risks are real. So even as we emerge with a testimony of God's presence, we feel a bit like running to the nearest desert and sleeping for 40 days under the broom tree eating angel-cooked bread. So we would appreciate prayers for renewal of strength and steeling of faith as we keep on.