Ready, Steady, Go!

Jade_1 Posted by Jade Irwin on Fri, 15 Jan 2016 | 9 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

Wednesday 13th January

Well here it is, my first blog! I am currently sitting on the plane in Kigali airport, Rwanda (where if I’m honest I didn’t even know I was stopping!) during what feels like a lifetime of travelling. It is dark here and even at nighttime I am finding the heat unbearable. I better brace myself for tomorrow!

I set off from Belfast to Dublin last night and was extremely thankful for a warm shower and a few hours sleep in the airport hotel. Before too long, it was time to board the first flight from Dublin to Amsterdam. Everything was on time until the plane was fully boarded and then the announcement came… There was a technical issue, which delayed the flight by 50 minutes.

I frantically texted Gillian Maganda panicking as it was very possible at that point that I could miss my flight from Amsterdam – Uganda. I landed at the time my boarding card said the next gate was closing… Every minute of waiting to get off the plane felt like an hour. I ran so quickly to the gate – like that scene in Home Alone – and thankfully made the next flight. For someone who loves travelling, even I was feeling stretched.

Tiredness and stress resulted in tears in the airplane toilets and two unpleasant cold sores forming during the flight. Thankfully I have an incredibly hand luggage bag with all sorts of goodies in there, from sweets to colouring books, portable phone chargers to iPads (allowing me to write this blog). I have just finished reading over Gideon’s school report again, and am thinking through some creative ways to address the points that Catherine so helpfully and thoroughly highlighted.

Taking a moment to think from the midst of any stress of anxiety I may be feeling right now, about the so many people in the world who cannot travel as freely as I can, and how deeply unfair this and many other injustices are. Align us more fully with your heart and purposes please, lovely Jesus…

I’m told we will be taking off again here in about 15 minutes from now, to finally reach Entebbe where I will be spending the night before an afternoon in Kampala tomorrow then onwards to Kiwoko, along some seriously pot-holed roads which admittedly I have grown to love. I will be glad to reach the place I love so much and to see some familiar faces. I am reminded of my favourite worship song (No Longer Slaves) which states:

You split the sea so I could walk right through it,
You drown my fears in perfect love.
You rescue me so I can stand and sing
I am a child of God.

Our God is mighty and powerful, but intimate and close. God’s ways are higher than ours, for which I am thankful! Although I feel like I am travelling alone, I know I am not. Learning more deeply how to hold onto hope and keep perspective.

That’s all from me for now. Until next time, byeee!! (waves)

Jade :)


debbie said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:34PM
Jade were all so proud. I cant wait to read all ur updates I know you will show Gideon so much. Aw that journey 😂 I can see you running for that closing gate!. Wish you all the best will be thinking of you. Embrace the weather lol I'm frostbit here. Love to all our friends their and big hug for Gideon 💖 god bless x
Libby said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 04:49PM
Lovely to hear from you Jade, I will look forward to further missives - this one was certainly very visual!! Live to all our friends in Kiwoko - my thoughts and prayers will be with you all Libby xx
Lynne said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 06:53PM
Jade - just reminiscing today about a 2 week mission trip to Kiwoko which I was part of in 2007 - when It was a blossoming romance for Denise and Rory! And the rest is history... Will follow your adventure with great interest, and keep you in prayer. Lynne
Sandra Johnston said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:02PM
Hey Jadey ! Thank you for ur blog I could see to You running to the gate don't know if I could've Coped ! Sooo wish I was there seeing all the Familiar happy faces again. Embrace every second Shining ur light so brightly for our amazing Lord. Bless you sweetheart xx
Kelly McCullough said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 08:33PM
Jade, I miss you in the office already pet! But Sophie is softening the blow, she has fitted in very well with the banter that we engage in.... I truly hope you will have an enlightening experience while you are away, and know that I am thinking about you and praying for you all the time, Lots and lots of live from me and the 2 wee muckers Ben & Zoe, Kelly xx
Samantha Smallwood said Fri, 15 Jan 2016 11:53PM
Hey jade Thanks for your blog I am finding it really interesting and want to hear more haha I love the the way you nearly missed your flight Obvs you would do that marathon relay trainning and I love the way sophie is here she is a pleasure to have as are youth leader for the next we while the banter is high haha your missing out lol but just remember I will always be thinking about you and praying for you while you are away lots of love Sam xx
Jade said Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:18AM
Thanks SO much for all your comments and your love! You are all amazing. I appreciate you following what I am doing & I will post regular updates. Your friendship / support / prayers mean the world to me. X
Elaine said Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:11PM
Glad u made there safe and sound , traveling doesn't sound like u had much fun but that will all be forgotten now u r in ur beloved Uganda . God has so much in store for u there and I know u will be a blessing to all you come into contact with . Please give Molly and Rev Michael a hug from me and give them my love Keeping I in my prayer Love xxx
Roger Thompson said Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:38AM
Hi Jade - just catching up with your news now! Great to hear you are in Kiwoko and that you made your connections ok. We are praying for you in the CMSI office. Look forward to hearing your updates.

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