In seven weeks we will be leaving the UK for Uganda – that sounds remarkably close all of a sudden! We’ve been locked in a whirlwind of activity for a few weeks, and so I thought now would be a good time to give a general update on where we’re up to and how our preparations are going. So without much further ado…
Dave’s currently in Wichita in the States, completing a course that will allow him to sign out the Cessna 208 Caravan, an aircraft that makes up part of the Ugandan MAF fleet. He’s studying hard and will return to the UK on the 28th of October.
As you may or may not know, we’re raising the money needed to send us, and keep us, in Uganda. This means that more of the general donations coming into MAF get to go straight to the amazing work of the programmes. We have reached 70% of the total we need in place, but the rest needs to be there before we can leave. If you are interested in supporting us in this way please visit our support page.
One of the big things still to be sorted is shipping some of our belongings to Uganda. Our stuff will have a bit of an adventure on its way to us, spending 30 days travelling to Mombasa by boat, and then on to Uganda by train, where it will then need to clear customs. It all takes a while, so we’ll be without some useful bits and pieces for the first month or two of our time in Kampala. We are still waiting on quotes from a couple of companies, but hope to send a small container on its way at the start of November.
Dave’s work permit application is in progress at the moment. This can take anywhere from one to two months to come through, so all we can do is await its timely arrival. If you’re a praying person, please do pray that this, and all the other practicalities, would fall into place in time to get us there!
The rest of my time now is filled with the seemingly never-ending organising needed to pack up a life in one place to move it somewhere else. There’s stuff to sell, pack or give away, paperwork to organise, supporters to contact, appointments to keep, a house to tidy up and rent out, and much more. It’s a busy but incredibly exciting time!
Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers. One of the best things about this adventure is that we’re doing it with so many other people. We might be the ones going, but you are as much a part of it as us. Your encouragement keeps us going. I was reminded of a Bible verse just a few days away that was a huge help in this very busy time:
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
Someone else reminded me,
“When you think you can’t, you can.”
What amazing words – when we come to the end of ourselves and don’t know how to carry on, that’s when God steps in. In the words of the Lou Fellingham song, Everlasting Arms:
“When we’ve reached the end of our earthly resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun”
There is certainly a lot going on right now, but I am learning more and more how important it is to remember that this is a journey we don’t have to do alone.