Monday, October 24, 2011

A Day for Psalms

Today I could have done a fun post about the different kinds of things I eat on a regular basis, or some of the fun things I've been learning in language, or some of the interesting cultural situations I've been exposed to, but instead I'm just here asking for your prayers. These past couple of weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster. I knew when I came that the spiritual warfare here would be intense, and it has definitely proved to be so. There have been a multitude of situations, problems, thoughts, and confusions that have kept me busy praying, thinking, and praying some more, and I am definitely in need of your prayers more than ever. While there have been many discouraging days (including yesterday!), I have been constantly reminded that my Lord is right here with me.

When I'm sad and hopeless, He whispers to me, "Trust in me at all times. pour out your heart before Me, for I am your refuge." Ps 62:8

And when I feel completely alone and helpless He soothes my heart with "Wait silently for Me, for your hope come directly from Me. I alone am your rock and salvation. I will be your defense so you will not be moved. I am your salvation and your glory. I will be the rock of your strength and you will find your refuge in Me." Ps 62:5-7

When I feel ineffective and weak, He says to me, "I will be your help, and in the shadow of My wings you will find joy. Follow close behind Me, and I will uphold you." Ps 63:7-8

And I fully trust and believe that because of the trials and difficulties, I will be able to say,

"Oh, bless our God, you peoples!
And make the voice of His praise to be heard,
Who keeps our soul among the living,
And does not allow our feet to be moved.
For You, O God, have tested us;
You have refined us as silver is refined.
You brought us into the net;
You laid affliction on our backs.
You have caused men to ride over our heads;
We went through fire and through water;
But You brought us out to rich fulfillment." Ps 66:8-12

Praying for your encouragement, peace, and strength to continue in the good work the Lord has given to each of you as well. May He whisper His truth to you in the hard times and the good, and keep all of us constantly on our knees before Him.

Monday, October 10, 2011

It's a.....

Lime. No, really. It's a lime.

Nope, not that one.... that's an orange. (yes, really)

or that one.... that's a tangerine.

That one. The one in the middle. Lime.

Can you see why I spent an hour in the market trying to find limes? Not to mention the fact that there seems to be some debate on what they're actually called in Luganda. Obulimawa? or Kalimawo? I finally found them by asking about 10 people where the obulimawa...the very very small ones were.

Oh, and you'll never guess what color the lemons are. Yup. Green. Cracks me up that the only citrus fruit that should be green is actually yellow.

This is so descriptive of my life right now. In this very different life and culture, many things just look different than I think they will (and sometime should!) For example, American culture tends to be very direct, and Uganda culture in general is indirect. Someone might say to you, "You are most welcome to my home for lunch today" without any thought of you actually coming for lunch. To me, that looks like an invitation to eat. To them, it's really just saying, "I value your friendship, and want to show you that you're loved," not "the chicken is in the pot."

As I re-learn how to think, feel, interpret other people's thoughts and feelings, and in all actively demonstrate the love and compassion of Jesus, your prayers would be most appreciated!!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Washing Clothes

Today I bring you a two in one! Many have been asking me how we really wash clothes over here, so I thought I'd give you a give you a bonus track of some of the language I've learned and practiced with my language helper!!

Bwenti bwenjoza engoye zange: This is how I wash my clothes

Njua amaazi mubafu: I fill a basin with water

Nteka engoye zange mu maazi: I put my clothes in the water

Nsiiga saboni ku lugoye: I put soap on the clothes

Wemala nga nkunya engoye: I then scrub the clothes

Nteka amaazi amayonjo nenyanika engoye zange: I use fresh water to rinse, then spread my clothes to dry

Bwentio bwenjoza engoye zange! That is how I wash my clothes!

While it is me speaking, the pictures are quite obviously NOT me washing ;) For some reason, I found washing and photographing simultaneously to be hazardous to the health of my camera!