Friday, June 4, 2010

Update #14 - May 22-25, 2010

Uganda Children Update #14 – May 22nd – May 25th

Note from Eydie: We have been home now for a little over a week. We still wanted to post this last update to let you know about those last few days in Uganda. Thanks to everyone for your prayers & your support. We appreciate you taking the journey with us. Continue to pray for the team as they have all gone home for the summer. Pray as they continue to process all that God has revealed to them.

Our team is still doing amazing and ready to “Finish Well.” On our last day with the kids at the home, we had a covenant to be joyful and to point the kids to Christ. We were all sad to be leaving them, but we knew we had to be strong and courageous. We played games, handed out candy, and everyone got a soda (which is really a special treat). We also gave everyone a brightly-colored Hawaiian hat and they looked precious. Worship was energetic and fun as always. There was some sadness mixed in as this was our last devotion. We have each learned many lessons here. The Lord is speaking and we are praying that the life-changes we are making are permanent. God has changed our lives in Uganda. When it came time to say goodbye, we had 10 minutes to hug and say our last goodbyes. Then the kids and houseparents prayed for our team. After prayer, all the kids went outside and formed two lines all the way to our van. As we RAN through them, we gave high fives and they chanted, “Strong & Courageous!” This goodbye plan made it easier on all of us to leave with the joy of the Lord. Once in the van, some of us cried a little. But to keep our spirits up, we sang worship songs & some Disney tunes! Directly from the home, we had one last stop to make. The owners of the hotel we stayed at invited us to their home. We were welcomed with the usual Ugandan hospitality. We had cake and juice and encouraging conversation. We ended in a time of prayer together. It was a perfect way to end our last day of ministry.

As we start our journey home, we are debriefing everything that we learned. It is really important that we are ready for the reverse culture shock. It is also encouraging to hear what everyone has been learning and hopes to do about it at home. Sunday morning at 10:00 am we started our officially journey back to the states.

We were originally scheduled on British Airways. Because of a pending pilot strike, our flight from Entebbe had been cancelled. We were rescheduled on a Kenya Air flight to Nairobi which would connect in London to the British Air flight. Our first flight was only 45 minutes long and went smooth. We then had 7 hours to wait in Nairobi until our next flight to London. We did more debriefing, ate dinner, journaled & rested. We boarded the plane to leave at 11:45 pm. After 3 hours of sitting on the ground due to technical difficulties, we had to exit the plane. Our next flight was pushed back to 11:00 am the next day! After a long night and many “trusting God” moments, we finally got on a plane at 3:00 pm!

Because of the 23 unexpected hours in the Kenya Airport, we missed our connecting flight in London. God had already gone before us. After one night in London, we all got on an American Airlines plane at 11:00 am on Tuesday. Only a day late we finally arrived in Los Angeles! We have had countless unexpected turns the past few days, but God has been so good through it all. We are learning to trust Him. ISP’s theme of “Finishing Well” is perfectly appropriate. God has allowed us to “Finish Well” in His timing.

Thank you for your prayer and support the past 3 weeks (and 4 months of training). Things went even better than planned. God provided many experiences we will never forget.

Mukama Yebazibwe! (Praise the Lord!)

Written by Kristina Osborne

Update #13 - May 19 & 20 2010

Greetings from Uganda - Update #13
Today we had devotions with the hotel staff. It is always a blessing to have them share from God's Word. I think it is beautiful when we worship together and all of our voices blend together to worship our King! It was very moving!

We went into a village not far from the Children's Home to do our final VBS. The area reminded me of the "Lion King" with rolling green hills, large trees and Lake Victoria in the far off background. The church was unlike any we have seen. It had a tin roof, one end was open and the walls were bamboo. There were 38 smiling faces to greet us. The team did a skit on creation. We let the children make paper worlds with animal stickers on them. We also taught them two songs, "Hippopotamus" and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."

The pastor of the church gave the gospel message and 18 children came forward to receive Christ! We are all in awe of what the Lord is doing here!

We then went to the home to prayer walk and lift the needs of the home to the Lord. We played with the kids and they did some paintings.

We also had a Golden Day for Eydie. She is a true blessing to the entire team!

Today after devotions we had some quiet time here at the hotel. We all spent time in prayer and caught up on journaling. We then went to the home and started the first of two days of VBS with our kids. It was fun to watch them get so excited about making the crafts. They were very proud of their work, and I noticed they went and hung the crafts in their rooms.

We also worked on more paintings the kids are doing. This has been a fun project the children are each creating.

We celebrated Brandi & Kurt's Golden Day today. They have been helping Eydie at the home for the past 5 months and have done a tremendous job there. We have all grown to love them.

We are all doing great and can't wait to tell you all about our trip when we get home.

Jeannette & Uganda Children Team

From Eydie...
We are having a great couple of days having our team debriefing of what God has been doing on this trip. We are on our way to the Children's Home for our final day of ministry. Please be in prayer for us today that we would finish well!

I will try and send one more update out before leaving. But if I am not able to have computer time tonight or tomorrow morning...know that we are on our way home to our family and friends! We have had an INCREDIBLE time of ministry!

Please keep us in your prayers as we travel home!


Update #12 - May 17, 2010

Uganda Children Update #12 – 5/17/10 – written by April Dominguez

This morning was a special treat! Not only was it my Golden Day, but we had the opportunity to take a boat ride down the Nile to its source. We then ventured into Lake Victoria . Now when I say “boat ride,” think of the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland , same thing! The whole team was very excited. Not only did we see beautiful green landscape, but we saw birds, birds, fishermen and birds! Ok, at one point we did see a huge lizard. OOOHH & AAAHH’S filled the boat! Along the ride we did pass by the beautiful Triangle Hotel and the Jinja Sailing Club. After that, we pulled into a small port, where Eydie read a devotion about Jesus telling the disciples to drop everything to come follow Him. She said that most people here would be willing to give up everything to follow Jesus & spread His Word.

As we continued through Lake Victoria , we passed a fish packing factory & a prison. We then stopped at Samuka Island . The grass there was filled with millions of dragon flies and the fruit trees were filled with trillions of gnats..literally! As we ran, we had to close our mouths and wave our hands around our faces. Stop for a minute and picture it… J

The ride back was very relaxing. It was wonderful to sit back and enjoy God’s creation. After that we went to lunch in town, and finished some shopping. The end of the night was spent at the home. We did small groups, painting and a ton of playing. Ashleigh and Allie shared during devotions on James 3. Our night ended with team time & prayer. It was a good day of rest after a full week of ministry! May God give all of us strength & focus going into our last week here.

Written by April Dominguez

Note from Eydie…

For those of you who heard about the British Airways pilot strike last week…it actually did affect us. We were made aware that our flight may have to be changed. We had been praying & trusting that God would get us home when He wanted us home.

We just got word late last night that our arrival time in Los Angeles on May 24th is the exact same flight that was originally booked. So for those picking up their daughters, we arrive on May 24th at 12:55 pm. What changed was our departure time. Here is the new schedule:

Kenya Airways – Flight 413

Depart Sunday, May 23 from Entebbe – 3:00 pm
Arrive Sunday May 23 to Nairobi – 4:10 pm

Kenya Airways – Flight 102

Depart Sunday May 23 from Nairobi to London – 11:45 pm
Arrive Monday, May 24 in London at 6:45 am

British Airways – Flight 279

Depart Monday, May 24 from London – 9:55 am
Arrive Monday, May 24 in Los Angeles – 12:55 pm

We are praising God because not only did he re-instate our flight on the same departure date, but he gave us a better flight schedule! We now do not have to overnight in London ! Yeah! We only have a 3 hour wait in Heathrow Airport . Praise the Lord!

Lynell’s swelling is going down and she is feeling better. We are having good times at the home in the afternoon. The next two days we will spend in team time preparing to make the journey home.

We appreciate your prayers and you support!