Leaving the comfort of home and life as you’ve always known it is always hard, and deciding to spend 6 months in Uganda was a big step for me. I felt that I was taking a leap of faith into the unknown, and during the process of preparing to come I experienced an array of emotions; from excitement to apprehension.
However, arriving in Uganda and settling into life as an intern at Revelation Life has been surprisingly easy. From being welcomed at the airport with a sign with my name on, to being made to feel at home in my new house, the transition into life in Uganda has been much easier than it could have been, thanks to the amazing Revelation Life team!
I love how everything here is led by Jesus and the time we spend in devotions every morning means that we are creating a time when the Holy Spirit can move in our lives. It is amazing to see how willing everyone is to follow His direction.
I have been pleasantly surprised about the nature of contact time in the communities. This is when we go out in small groups into a community with the sole aim of spending time with families and children. It is really nice to go out with no agenda except to build relationship, and to feel free to spend time in a maama’s home just talking and laughing. I have realized that is it through this valuable time that the people in the communities feel comfortable telling us their problems and worries, which then enables us to pray, and do something about it.
However, there have been many ups and downs, and I have learnt that a life giving out to people can be an emotional rollercoaster. I have learnt so much from being out in the communities, and from the maamas who I have met. The amazing faith of some of the them is so humbling and challenging to my own faith. I have heard some incredible testimonies of the amazing power of Jesus in people’s lives. One extremely encouraging story was of a maama who last year had been contemplating suicide with her children, but through the power of prayer and God’s provision she is now smiling, living in a new house and praising God!
Similarly mind-blowing was the story of a young lady who was attacked by her ex-boyfriend with a machete. Amazingly, she put her trust in God and His plan for her life in that moment, and thankfully she is now alive and safe with only scars as evidence of her terrifying encounter. Her strength, courage and faith are so admirable!
It is so humbling to see people who are struggling to provide for their families, but yet have hope and are praising God. It has made me completely lose the misconception that I thought I was here to only give out to people. In fact, I have learnt that there is so much that the people in the communities where we work can teach me!
While these last few weeks have been overwhelming in some aspects, being so far away from home, I have quickly come to the realization that I love Uganda and can’t wait to spend more time getting to know the beautiful people that live here!