Greetings from Mbale! After 35 hours of fairly uneventful travel, I reached my new home in Mbale on Tuesday afternoon. I have been so warmly greeted here, both by the Ugandans as well as several other Muzungus living here, and as they have all told me to feel at home here, I’ve decided to do just that! Natalie, a muzungu working at a children's home here, has been just wonderful in showing me the ropes. About an hour after I got to Mbale, she took me out around the town, showing me the different shops and getting me acquainted with the supermarkets. On my previous trips, I never had the opportunity to be out around town since we were living in a hotel and working in outlying villages every day, so being able to drive around and meet people with Natalie was both a treat and a challenge. I am definitely getting a taste of just how huge this adjustment and learning curve will be. I knew it would be a challenge, but now I get to see just how much of one it is! I’m so grateful to know that my Jesus is with me each step of the way and even when I don’t understand others and they don’t understand me, there is One who knows me intimately and can use me to minister beyond my capabilities.
As I start language work with Diana today, I’m so excited to finally be able to concentrate on learning a language that I’ve desired to speak for so many years now. As I work to understand and learn as quickly as possible, I would love your prayers for quickness of thought, thorough understanding, and effective communication with Dianna. Thank you so much for your prayers, they are definitely needed more than ever!