Isaiah 40:31 (New International Version)

31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Ding dong......

Ding Dong! The Witch is dead. Which old Witch? The Wicked Witch!

Ding Dong! The Wicked Witch is dead.
Wake up - you sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the Wicked Witch is dead.

This is the original version of this song......here is my version for your enjoyment......

Ding Dong! The rat is dead.  Which old rat?  The ugly rat!
Ding Dong! The ugly rat is dead.
Wake up - you sleepy head, rub your eyes, get out of bed.
Wake up, the nasty, ugly, sleep stealing rat is dead!

I apologize if anyone is offended by my posting a picture of my dead rat, however, this is my blog and I will post what I want too!!!  Also, I think it is important to give you the whole truth, which does include pictures of my world, pleasing and not so pleasing.

I will leave you a picture that makes my heart sing.  One that is so much more pleasing than a dead rat!!!!




Blessings to you my friends,

Cheryl

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Oh Rats!!!!!!

Or maybe I should say..."oh, RAT!" 

For the last few nights we have had a friendly visitor in our room.  I say friendly because for the most part we have left eachother alone, but this is about to change.  My friendliness has come to an end and I think maybe so will the life of this poor rat!!  I am a lover of all things, but when these things steal my sleep, I become frustrated and tend to take my frustration out on others.  This is something that I refuse to let happen.

Now, you might be asking, "What is it that Cheryl has in her room that is attracting this rat?".  I can tell you this, all that I have in my room that is worth anything, is coffee.  My friends will not be surprized that coffee is what I deem as most important :)....  So, unless this rat has been to Starbucks and has since become a coffee connoisseur there is absolutely nothing that I know of that would be attracting this rat.  Unless of course he has radar for white girls form Canada!!! Clearly he has no idea who he is dealing with.

Onto other things......

School has begun, and I am learning much already.  This is a picture of the school, where we will spend everyday from now until the second week of September.  I know that God has many things to reveal to me while I am here, for this I am excited.  This truth makes everything that is uncomfortable worth it....even the rat!

Mackenzie is doing well.  We have both had moments of frustration and times when we missed home very much, but all is well.  God is here with us and so we will draw near to Him.  Homeschooling is slowly starting, it is a definite learning curve for both of us.  Mackenzie is distracted easily by the little ones who want to spend time with her, and she has no complaints about this....anything to get out of school right???!!!  Here are some pictures of Kenzie and her following.......









More pics to come my friends.  For now, please pray for us and know that we are also praying for all of you.
Blessings,
Cheryl :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

The good and the not so good....

We have been in Uganda for just over one week. I would like to paint you a picture instead of using words, as I feel my words are too few at this stage. This week has flown by in some respects, but at the same time has crawled along at a snail’s pace. My head feels like it may explode and I am on the verge of asking God why He chose to send me here. I cannot imagine at this point becoming accustomed to the food, the toilets, and the lack of warm water for showering. I know that God will come through and give me the grace to handle even these small things, things that I have taken for granted my whole life. I know there is a real lesson in even these things; however, I really have to be honest with you ......I HATE PEEING IN A HOLE!!


After going over the culture shock stages with Vikki, I have realized that I've fast tracked it straight to stage 3, the toughest. The stage where everything seems horrible and one cannot imagine surviving. I wonder if I have reached this point so fast because I have been to Uganda before. Perhaps it's because God needs to ready me for something else and so we need to walk through this now. This I may never know, but I will do my best to find harmony and peace in whatever stage I find myself. I will do this knowing that this is not about me, that making any sacrifice, when doing it for Him is worth it...and trust me when I say that peeing in hole is a sacrifice for me.

Top 5 best things about YWAM Arua:

1. The staff here are so welcoming and friendly

2. Watching Mackenzie and her posse of wee ones playing games that she has already taught them

3. Boda Boda rides to town (I will share more about this another time)

4. Vikki's ongoing support and encouragement

5. Learning new things


Top 5 worst things about YWAM Arua:

1. Toilets (holes in ground)

2. Showers (brick boxes located on the other of the base that pour cold water on your head)

3. Food

4. Small living quarters

5. Missing family and friends

And so, as I go please journey with me, I promise not to bring up sensitive issues like peeing everytime I write. For now though when you sit comfortably on your porcelain toilet, think of me as I try to steady myself, aim correctly, hold my toilet paper and my room key so as not to drop them down the hole and last but not least trying very hard NOT to pee on my feet and ankles!!!!! hahaha.....sorry all.

Blessings,


Cheryl

Just to give you a glimpse...in case you were wondering!!!!!!!!



Thursday, June 3, 2010

We have arrived

Yes!  After much planning, preparation and anxiety, we are here.

I hope to post a few pics from the first day soon.  It was lovely to spend the day in Kampala with Mackenzie and Vikki Wright, YWAM Arua base leader and now my new friend. 

The smells the sights are the same, as is the feeling in my heart that somehow I belong here.  It is early still, and I am in the "honeymoon" stage for now, so don't be surprized if in the weeks ahead instead of  "I belong here", I am saying "get me outta here"!!!!  Vikki is going to go over some of the stages of culture shock for both Kenzie and I so that when those moments come, we can walk through them knowing that it is normal.

Later this morning we will leave on the bus for Arua.  A 7 hour bus journey......eeeeekk!! 

Well my friends, I shall sign off now as I must get a bit more sleep before we need to get up and ready to leave the guest house.  Stay tuned for pictures.

Be blessed,