Snapshots of Uganda

It’s been far too long since I’ve posted a blog, and I’m terribly sorry. Part of it has been due to an unceasing chaos of life, part to lack of power (and thus internet), but mostly I’ve just struggled with having words to say. This season has been both difficult and joyful, peaceful and yet scattered, and as the Lord has moved He’s left footprints too deep through the heart to put into words. So I thought I would instead try to give you a glimpse into the world through my eyes in a slightly different way.

Below are some of my favorite photos, quotes, verses, and some journal blurbs from my time in Uganda thus far.

 

 

 

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“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.

Behold, I am doing a new thing;

now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?

I will make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.”

 

Isaiah 43:18-19

 

 

 

 

 

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“The world does not need more words.

It doesn’t need a busier church,

nor does it need – God help us – a better-branded gospel.

What the world needs are people who have spent so much time in the presence of God that their very life has become a form of blessing.”

– Punk Monk

 

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“God clarifies that we will never win the war on poverty. But He goes on to command that we should pursue the battle vigorously.

For us, this feels like a paradox. Why fight a battle you can’t win? But to God, His commands are not contradictory.

His economy is indexed to obedience, not performance.”

–John B. Hayes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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God who spoke the world into existence,

who imagined the sky before it was,

bring new beauty into the brokenness and pain

that seeks to define this place.

We thank you for not letting destruction and oppression have the final say here, God.

Breathe new life.

Amen

 

 

 

 

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So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 

 

 

 

 

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“Uncertainty and risk are the norm in the world over,

because it is in our desperation that God wants to meet us.”

–Sub-merge

 

 

 

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But now thus says the Lord,

he who created you, O Jacob, 

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name, you are mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

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“Even more than their harshly treated bodies, the eyes of the poor register the internal scar tissue of people who have suffered for years on the street.

The expressions in their eyes vary from desperate scanning to vacant staring to a haunted look that has lost any vestige of life. And there are eyes that appear numb from living private lives in public places.

Even so, long after their identity has been reduced to a category… the eyes retain uniqueness.

Eyes are the fingerprints of the soul.”

– John Hayes

 

 

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Jesus, here are my aches, my tears, my broken heart;

I don’t know what to do but to give them all to You.

 

 

 

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Thus says the Lord:

“Stand by the roads, and look,

and ask for the ancient paths,

where the good way is; and walk in it,

and find rest for your souls.

But they said, ‘we will not walk in it.’”

Jeremiah 6:16

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“The eyes of God see both the smelly old drunk and the misguided young missionary, and He loves us both despite our external – and internal – appearances.”

–Sub-merge

 

 

 

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Psalm 131

O Lord, my heart is not haughty;

my eyes are not raised too high;

I do not walk in things too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,

like a weaned child with its mother;

like a weaned child is my soul within me.  

O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

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Lord, show me Your heart – in every moment and with each step.

Let me see Your beautiful heart for each individual,

whomever they may be,

and give me Your mind for how best to display to them Your love.

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“I guess the test of our prayers is when we have to live them out.”

– Andy Freeman

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For we are glad when we are weak and you are strong.

Your restoration is what we pray for.

2 Corinthians 13:9

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“Most days, I have to admit, my faith doesn’t feel revolutionary.

Most days it’s a struggle.

But when the Gospels are taken seriously, I’m convinced that nothing can be the same again –

when put into practice, lives, communities, nations, and the world will be changed.”

-Pete Greig

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~ by eileendekker on April 14, 2015.

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