Estates Christmas Dinner

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A recent comment from William, a good friend and our Estates Manager, got me thinking; “Each Christmas I smell the food cooking for the NICU Christmas dinner, but I have not yet tasted it.” Virtually every department has a Christmas dinner, except Estates. So I decided we must have one.

I booked the hall and catering without any idea of how I could pay for it – the Hospital didn’t have the budget. Tania and I only had enough to cover about 30% of the costs but I knew this was the right thing to do so I left the details with God to sort out.

1 week later I received an email from friends of my parents. “At this time of the year it is our practice to ask for money donations to a selected missionary project instead of receiving Christmas presents”. The amount they suggested was what we needed to cover the costs of the Christmas dinner! Yet again, God provided.

On 18th December the first ever Estates department dinner took place. We met after work and before eating we played games and laughed a lot. Some men gave speeches, as is customary at any function in Uganda. I was asked to say a few words and took the opportunity to explain why we celebrate Christmas and how we all need to be right with God because one day the Estates department in Heaven will need us. As the men were leaving, stomachs swollen after the huge feed, I lost count of how many came and told me how much they appreciated the night and how “people don’t usually think of us.”

This was such an encouraging night for the men, and also for me. As I keep saying – this work is all about people – they need to know they are loved.

Time and time again we have witnessed how taking action, even when you have no idea how the finer details will be worked out, gives God the opportunity to work and provide. God worked through these very kind friends back home.

“… if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” Matt 17:20

2014 was an unbelievable year for us in Uganda. In December 2013, when we were being re-commissioned at our home church for a second term here, we said ‘we want to experience more of God’. We have certainly experienced more but we needed to step out and make ourselves available first. God wants us to be willing before he will use us more and show us more.

As a new year begins, I challenge you to make yourself more available for God. Step out, take a chance, and see how he can use you. Watch how he meets your needs and the needs of those you are serving. Watch out for miracles.

Paul.

Comments

Lorraine and Danny said Mon, 05 Jan 2015 05:16PM
Wonderfully encouraging Paul and Tania ..God bless you both in the wonderful work you are doing for him. Remember you must let us know of your needs, or even wants
Gillian Cassidy said Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:14PM
Happy New Year Tania and Paul. My prayers and thoughts are with you both constantly. Last year at Ham Bap you sold some of the wears the ladies had created and one of the items I bought was made by "Kamiyaki". They are a number of little angels and I adore them. I look at them everyday as they are hung on my bedroom wall and I pray for this lady I have never met. I was wondering if there was anything I could do for her, or even if she is still with you? God bless in 2015 keep up His good work. I hope to hear back that she is still with you. Your sister in the LORD Gillian Cassidy Bangor

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