Note: This is the first in a series of posts about my missions adventure in Uganda in the spring of 2018.
At the beginning of 2018, I was still praying that God would give me an opportunity to return to Uganda before I go to college in August. Ever since my trip in 2016, I had been hoping to go back, but I didn’t know of any upcoming opportunities, and I wasn’t entirely sure whether God was calling me to go on another trip this year.
On January 22, I found out that there was an opening on a team that was leaving for Uganda on March 29. I was somewhat surprised that it was still possible for me to join the team just over nine weeks before they would depart.
After much prayer and discussion, my parents and I decided that this was probably the only trip I could possibly go on this year, so we would try to make it happen. I believed God was calling me to go, and I began approaching friends and family and asking them to support me.
An Open Door
I was overwhelmed by the response. God worked in people’s hearts and led them to give abundantly. Within about 12 days, my trip was almost completely funded.
In his devotional Before You Go (Xulon Press, 2009), Jack Hempfling writes, “Sometimes, you don’t have a sense that God ‘spoke’ to you; you just feel a desire to go and the door opens wide!”
“Well, God,” I said, “I suppose You really want me to go on this trip!” What a huge blessing—I get to go visit my Ugandan brothers and sisters again and serve their ministry. I cannot wait to be reunited with the friends I have over there and to make new friends.
As excited as I am about this trip, there are some unknowns; for example, I don’t know any of my team members well, and 12 of them live in Kentucky. I will meet them in person for the first time in an airport on the way to Uganda.
I also wonder how God wants to use me on this trip. How do I fit into this group of American missionaries? Who in my church and on the airplanes and at the schools in Uganda needs to hear how God is working in my life?
Saying yes to God’s call is a step of faith, but He has already planned every step of our journeys. I am learning to trust that His plan is perfect and to listen for Him to tell me where to go one step at a time, and I am excited to see how He works in and through me on this adventure.
Has there been a time in your life when God has called you to do something big and you had to trust Him to work out the details? What did you learn from it, and how did He stretch you? Let me know in the comments!