Thank you to everyone that helped to support the trip to Uganda. It was AMAZING. View my recap video below for a glimpse into what our visit was like.
Her friends are wanting to celebrate her by creating a way to give her graduation gifts in the form of money toward this once-in-a-lifetime experience for her and her boys.
If you would like to contribute, just visit this Paypal link we created for her.
Thank you for helping support this trip!
-Athena, Sarah, Kat and Renata
Road Trip Map
In late February 2016, I will go on my very first international mission trip to Uganda in Africa. My church, Redemption Church in Augusta, Georgia, has an established partnership with Sojourn Church in the Wabigalo area of Kampala. We will be assisting the church staff and volunteers in their ongoing ministries to their community, to include cleanup and service projects and participation in their family and athletic ministries. For more about what the church is doing in the community, visit sojournuganda.org. A portion of our team will travel to a rural clinic to bring supplies and assist at the facility, as needed. After returning from our trip, the team will continue to seek support for the church and clinic in Uganda, providing financial support that will help with children’s education, ministries and health care. I will have the unique experience of being able to see what God is doing in the lives of His people overseas.
Why I am going: I truly have felt called to go on this trip. I am nervous and excited and in awe of everything that lies ahead of me. I have heard from people that have previously taken this trip and am pulled toward the community building that is happening. I look forward to coming back and being able to share firsthand the vision for the ministry to these people and for the aid and care that we are helping the church provide.
Why I am writing: Any mission trip is not without cost, so I am asking for your support. Most importantly, I am asking you to pray for me as our team trains and prepares for our trip. There will be physical and spiritual opposition to prevent this trip from occurring, and your prayers are essential to our trip’s success. I have included a picture of my husband, Wes, my daughter, Ruby, and myself at right. Pray for them as I am overseas. Financially, I am also asking for your support. Between now and February 1, I need to raise $2,000. You may donate online via Paypal via this link. Please email Sarah to get more information about mailing in a donation. Prayerfully consider how you can be a part of this important mission trip by donating the amount the Lord leads you to contribute. No amount is too small or too great and is appreciated.
In closing: Upon our return in early March, our team will have the opportunity during church to report on our trip to Uganda. I would like to invite you to that time so that you may share in what the Lord will have done in the lives of our Ugandan brothers and sisters. I will send the date and time for this event in a future correspondence. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this letter and letting me share my heart for God’s people. I know that you will pray for my team members and me as we embark on this adventure. I look forward to telling you all of the amazing work God will have accomplished on this mission trip. Thank you!
I’ve spent most of today, my 37th birthday, reflecting on the past year. it’s been a fantastic one!
After semi-consistently working out for 4 years, this was the year I felt like an actual athlete. I set fitness goals and achieved some of the short-term ones. I got sports-related injuries and learned and recovered from them. I kept going.
I ate some amazing food. This is the year I really began to experience all the deliciousness that smoked ribs have to offer. I tried some good ones and some not so good ones. Yes, they have ribs at IKEA in Charlotte. No, I cannot recommend them.
I watched my child do some growing up that simultaneously makes me proud and hurts my heart. Ruby is growing up so fast and its precious and amazing and heartbreaking and hard and worth it to be her mom.
I deepened some friendships, I persevered in some and I let go of some. I cherish the people that were there for me and loved being there for them. Even when it involved having to keep their happy secrets.
I know myself a lot better than I used to and I have confidence in who I am. I took ownership of some thins, I accept some things and I let go of some things. I pursued rainbows, glitter and unicorns with reckless abandon. I had fun. I cried. I laughed.
I enjoyed parenting with and learning more about Wes. we celebrated 10 years married. I miss him when he’s gone. Life is better with him in it.
I treasure this special year because it’s not every year that you can look back and feel so overwhelmed with the amazing journey. Sometimes it’s hard and that’s okay. but this year… it really, really wasn’t. It was more than I deserve and defiantly more than I’d ever imagine. Grateful to God for such an amazing season of life.
The weekend before we celebrated our tenth anniversary, I attended my first Episcopalian wedding ceremony with a great friend of mine. When I was handed the program, I was surprised that it was six pages long. I’d not seen one that contains almost all of the words that will be spoken during the ceremony before.
What I first thought was unusual ended up being a really special moment. Because I was there celebrating friends, but also because I know what attempting to live a life that reflects those declarations can bring. I am wishing Jenni and Micah that kind of union!
I wanted to share a portion of the program that I found especially impactful.
- Eternal God, creator and preserver of all life, author of salvation, and giver of all grace: Look with favor upon the world you have made, and for which your Son gave his life, and especially upon this man and this woman whom you make one flesh in Holy Matrimony. Amen.
- Give them wisdom and devotion in the ordering of their common life, that each may be to the other a strength in need, a counselor in perplexity, a comfort in sorrow, and a companion in joy. Amen.
- Grant that their wills may be so knit together in your will, and their spirits in your Spirit, that they may grow in love and peace with you and one another all the days of their life. Amen.
- Give them grace, when they hurt each other, to recognize and acknowledge their fault, and to seek each other’s forgiveness and yours. Amen.
- Make their life together a sign of Christ’s love to this sinful and broken world, that unity may overcome estrangement, forgiveness heal guilt, and joy conquer despair. Amen.
- Bestow on them, if it is your will, the gift and heritage of children, and the grace to bring them up to know you, to love you, and to serve you. Amen.
- Give them such fulfillment of their mutual affection that they may reach out in love and concern for others. Amen.
- Grant that all married persons who have witnessed these vows may find their lives strengthened and their loyalties confirmed. Amen.
- Grant that the bonds of our common humanity, by which all your children are united one to another, and the living to the dead, may be so transformed by your grace, that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven; where, O Father, with your Son, and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign in perfect unity, now and for ever. Amen.
Amen, indeed! Grateful for my marriage to a man who really does everything he can to submit our lives to Christ and to love me how Christ loves his church!