One week from this moment our first team will be on an airplane, destination Kampala Uganda to work with the children in the care of Kirabo Seeds. The finishing details floating around my atmosphere are like dust particles in the sun. Naturally, everything happens at the last minute that cannot be expected. Multiple trips to the bank, activity planning for the children we will serve, music, packing, dozens of emails per day, photos to gather, board meetings, travelers insurance, malaria scripts to be filled, luggage to weigh, gifts to buy, helpers to gather in Uganda for our team’s work to be successful… so much to do.
So what’s a mama to do when her three older helpers and the babysitter all go off to camp the week before takeoff? Well, scramble, cry, stress… ahh… oh yes… pray. My husband reminded me yesterday, “Tonya God is going to accomplish this work exactly right, with or without you. Do your best but don’t lose your peace and joy.” Such wise words. I could immediately feel the air let out of my stress. I could see all those dust particles land in a neat pile for me to sweep away.
A good chat with God and apology helped me too. Then I felt the need to absorb wisdom from the bible. God’s word feeds me like nothing else ever could. And then I remembered: The most important thing we are bringing with us to Uganda to serve the children is: God’s word. We are equipped to teach Esther and Ephesians to as many children as we can find to listen. We are giving them the most vital gift, bible knowledge. We do not serve “poor suffering children” they have a faith that sustains them and keeps them full of joy and peace. We go to a place where faith is abundant and inspiring. We are just going to feed God’s word to whoever is hungry. It feeds me.
One of our teams has prepared business cards with this verse so the children can have it in their hand and memorize it. I’m holding mine today and I will inhale the words of God, and exhale all my issues that don’t align with His truth. God’s grace is getting the ultimate gift of salvation that I don’t deserve and couldn’t buy or have without it being a gift. I believe that’s everything.