A new adventure

Lisa_young Posted by Lisa Young on Sat, 14 Mar 2015 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

It was a true blessing to be able to spend some time with my family over Christmas. My family is growing and Auntie Lisa duties were so much fun with my gorgeous little nephews.

While I was at home, it became very apparent that the people in Uganda were more than just people but they too were family, who I definitely missed. Coming back to Kiwoko was an easy transition and as I sat with Rory, Denise and Gideon for lunch on my first Sunday back, I felt very content.

Many of you may be aware that I had a big decision to make while I was at home, the decision to remain in Uganda for another year or to make tracks somewhere else.
I was very conscience that God had made the way for me to be in Uganda, something that had been on my heart for a long time. He had made the way, and had sustained, encouraged and challenged me while I’ve been here.

I have loved the journey God has taken me on while being here so far and I have learnt a lot. However, I finally came to a decision to return to the Northern Ireland. Being very young in my career and with an ever growing family I desired to be closer to them and also gain some more full time teaching experience.

The last 7 months in Uganda have and will always be a time in my life to be treasured. The opportunities I’ve had here and the experiences I’ve gained personally and as a teacher have been some of the most challenging moments, but ones I would not change for anything. The biggest lesson I feel God has taught me has been a humbling message that as a Christian I know but often forget. The message is this:

My relationship with God is not dependant on my feelings. He and his word will always remain true.

Processing life can stir up many emotions, and this often weighs heavily on my relationship with God. However, time and time again since being here I’ve been reminded of his steadfastness. Regardless of what side of the bed I wake up on, this word remains true.

‘For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.’ (Colossians 1v13-14). And because we have been rescued we are to live our lives…‘Rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and over flowing with thankfulness.’ (Colossians 2v7)

So as I begin to think about returning to Northern Ireland I realise that I call it home but having not lived there for almost 6 years, a new journey begins. My greatest desire is not to forget the journey I’ve been on or the people who have been here along the way.

I’ve met countless people since coming to Ugandan (from all over the world) and its clear that this place isn’t somewhere you visit once and move on from, but somewhere that draws you back time and time again. Kiwoko is an oasis for the gospel, and a place which I struggle to describe in words. The next week and half will be full of ‘see you laters’ because how do you say goodbye to family!

Comments

Alison said Mon, 16 Mar 2015 01:18PM
Awww lisa am crying reading it! Always here for you! Can't wait to u come home ! I know it's not easy love you big hugs xx
wilma mcmullam said Mon, 23 Mar 2015 03:33PM
Ah lisa! I hope your ok! I can not wait to see you when you make it home. Safe travels my beautiful friend! You are amazing & I'm praying you will get strength to at least say "see yeah later" to your friends. Loved reading this blog. Here to the next chapter. All my love, wilma

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