Arrive Arrive-O

Emma_lougheed Posted by Emma Lougheed on Wed, 16 Aug 2017 | 2 comments | Bookmark: digg this Post this to Post this to Facebook

As I write, I am sitting outside my front door in the veranda listening to the approaching thunder storm. This will be my home for the next eight months. It is hard to believe that I have now been in Uganda for a week.

It all started about two years ago, after I returned from a short visit to Uganda with my family. At the time, I felt very unsettled following my return, so I started to consider a career break to allow me to volunteer somewhere.

On my first Sunday back, I went to my church in Belfast. I have to be honest – I didn’t really feel Iike going so I prayed that God would just be there. Well I got what I prayed for, (I don’t know why I was surprised). The subject that morning was about having faith, following God’s will and stepping out and taking risks. They also sang a song which I now love “I am yours” by Vineyard UK; there is a line in it that says “I’d do anything, I’ll go anywhere for you”. After hearing that verse I just wanted to cry. I felt God saying “go for it, take the risk and go.”

Two years later, after lots of praying and looking for opportunities, I am now in Uganda. When preparing to come out here, at times I felt nervous, scared and anxious but I also felt happy and excited. Now that I am here in Uganda I can’t believe it. I felt slightly overwhelmed when I first arrived but after spending a couple of nights in Entebbe, meeting up with friends and going for a walk to look around, I soon settled and knew that this is where God wants me to be.

I am now at Kiwoko Hospital, where I am looking forward to seeing how the next few months will pan out. I have been able to spend time with Lana, which has been great, and visit the nursery where I will start working in September. I have also had my first slightly unwelcome visitors (a gecko, beetle and a hairy caterpillar).

It is early days, but I look forward to seeing how my role in the nursery will develop and how I can get involved in Kiwoko life. I know that this is where God wants me to be, I look forward to seeing what He has in store for my time in Kiwoko.

Prayer requests:
I am so grateful for everyone who has been praying so far, many who I have not met before.
✦ Please pray that I will continue to settle into Kiwoko
✦ Pray that I will be able to build good friendships here
✦ Pray that God will guide me over the next couple of weeks as I work with Lana and prepare to start in Sunshine nursery

Emma Lougheed is spending eight months in Uganda on a Short-Term-Experience Placement (STEP) with CMSI.

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Jenny Smyth said Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:24PM
Great to hear from you, Emma! You'll get to love those gecko's yet...we will be faithful in prayer for you, that you will quickly feel at home and learn all that God has in store for you! I am sure you will be a blessing to the Kiwoko community. Jenny
Rowena bagnall said Mon, 04 Sep 2017 09:15PM
Thinking of you Emma and praying you settle in well. Missing you as we start EGR again this year but wishing you every blessing as you negim Your adventure in Uganda! Love Rowena

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