Homesick for Africa

I am homesick for Africa. I have been homesick since this past November. But here’s the catch, I’ve never been to Africa.

In November I stumbled upon Katie’s blog (which every single one of you should read because it’s absolutely amazing). Katie was an average girl from Tennessee. She had a comfortable life. When she graduated high school she felt God calling her to move to Uganda, so she did. God has since made her the mom to 14 little girls (see I told you, simply amazing). Katie started a program called Amazima Ministries International. I spent hours in November reading about Katie and Amazima Ministries. In December I searched the Amazima website for a way to go to Uganda to serve. I never could find anything, but couldn’t get Africa off my heart.

From December to June I was completely consumed with planning the Nicaragua mission trip, but Africa was still on my heart. I was so excited to be returning to Nicaragua, but I felt a longing for Africa.

God’s love was so evident in Nicaragua, and I returned with a greater desire to love His children. I would sit for hours at my computer reading blogs of people who were serving God in Africa or on the journey to adopt. Two weeks ago, as I was reading through several blogs, I found an organization called Visiting Orphans . As I began to read about Visiting Orphans I learned they take mission teams into several countries around the world, including Africa. More specifically, I found they take teams into Uganda (at this point I was starting to get excited). Finally, I discovered that their Ugandan teams work with Amazima Ministries!

As soon as I read it I had goosebumps all over and was in tears. I spent some time in prayer about the trip. I have no doubt God is leading me to Uganda. SO…I will be traveling with a team through Visiting Orphans June 12th to June 19th! We will be going to Uganda to simply love the orphan. We will have several projects to complete, and I will post more about the trip at a later time. Truly our greatest calling, is simply to love. I know I face a rough road. I know satan is going to do everything he can to defeat me. I know I will have to fight with all that I have to raise the money. I know not all of you understand this. I know I will come across some people who are completely against it. But most importantly, to use the words of Chris Tomlin, I know that, “Our God is greater. Our God is stronger…And if our God is for us, then who could ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what could stand against?”

2 thoughts on “Homesick for Africa

  1. YAY! CONGRATULATIONS on finding a trip that fulfills the desire that God has put on your heart! I am SO excited for you! I too, thought that I was going to go on a mission trip like this, and still will some day, but God helped orchestrate that desire into our adoption journey! :o) GO GOD!!! Well, I look forward to following your journey to Uganda, and helping you in any way I can! Blessing!

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