May 2019

I’ve spent my final Sunday at Church in Namugongo. I cannot believe it! Where has the time gone?

It feels like yesterday I was anxiously boarding the plane to Uganda and now here I am, with just two weeks to go until I return to England. I feel a strange mixture of longing to see people back home as well as wanting to stay here. A few weeks ago, I said my sad goodbyes to the students as the college semester ended. On Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel upset as I waved goodbye to the kids at children’s church. It has been an incredible and challenging few months serving here and I know that church back home will feel very quiet in comparison!

Being a tourist with my visitors

As well as saying lots of goodbyes over the past few weeks I’ve continued teaching at children’s church and the teenage group and meeting one-to-one with a staff worker. I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed having some wonderful visitors from home! My parents, brother and boyfriend were able to come out to see me and we spent the week exploring this beautiful country. God blessed us greatly with the amazing views and wildlife of Uganda and with memories we will never forget. I am thankful for how God kept us safe on the trip and for how he blessed us through our guide and driver, Carlos. Saying goodbyes to my visitors was quite hard but I have now resettled into my usual way of life here! The next couple of weeks will be more relaxed than what I had been used to here at Namugongo but I will be making the most of my time as I continue to meet one-to-one with the staff worker and hopefully with some UMS students too. Of course I’ll also be spending lots of time with my wonderful, wonderful host family, whom I will miss sorely when I go home.

My host family

Thank you so much again for your prayers. They really do mean so much.

Praise God for:

  • Answered prayer. In my last prayer letter, I asked you to pray that one of the ladies I meet up with would be transferred to a church closer by, which would allow her to spend more time with her young children. The bishop has now transferred her to a nearby church, which will allow her to spend weekends and some weekdays with them.
  • Safe travels, a fantastic week with my visitors and God’s blessings on our time together.
  • Chris’ mum arrived here safely to visit the Howles family.
  • All the things God has been teaching me through the people I have met and through living in such a different culture.

Please pray for:

  • Gorilla trekking
    The UMS students as they spend time with their families over the holidays. Pray they’d be refreshed and ready to return to college as the new semester begins once I have left.
  • My one-to-one times with the staff worker. Pray that God would teach both of us lots through his word and give us understanding through his spirit.
  • My return home and safe travels. Pray for my final days here and for strength as I say my goodbyes in a couple of weeks. I’ve been feeling a bit scared about ‘reverse culture shock.’ Please pray as I readjust to living in England, which I’m sure will feel very strange.

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