What an incredible year 2012 was and the Best is yet to come!
What an incredible year 2012 was! As I look back, parts of it were almost “magical” (perhaps a funny word for God doing amazing things in a short period of time, but that’s what it felt like 😉 as it seemed like I was an observer on the sidelines, watching all that God was doing in extraordinary ways. An email or two that I sent during the year was titled “I think I may be dreaming” because it felt like that! At the end of this email, you will find a bullet-point recap of 2012 and a look forward into 2013 (a fairly quick read ;-).
As this New Year approached, I was actually experiencing a funny kind of anxiety anticipating what 2013 holds for us – it should be a banger!
About to board! On Friday, January 25th at 10:55 AM, a Delta Airliner will lift off the runway at DIA, and I will be on my way back to Africa for three weeks to continuing following this “magical” journey that God started seven years ago. In many ways, I feel this trip is one of the most strategic trips I have made. What gets done this time very likely will set the course of the next several years.
Here’s a summary of what I think needs to be accomplished and some prayer items:
· Clinic: Wisdom and direction in getting foundational work done, i.e., permits / equipment / medication supplier / staffing issues so that this dream can become a reality early this year.
· Legal Issues: Meeting with lawyers and hopefully the Commission of Land Registry to resolve outstanding deed issues. The Office of the First Lady may be able to help us with this.
· Container Project: Wisdom and direction in discovering all I can about the practicality and logistics of making that happen. (Outfitting and shipping a container to be a ready-to-use facility in Rwanda: homesoflivinghope.org)
· Pygmy Project: Meeting with the US Ambassador to Rwanda to explore ways that his office might be able to help in our pygmy pottery project.
· Pottery: That God would give extreme clarity as to the best plan and direction for the pottery project. There’s a huge and important need, a number of options, and a need to figure the most effective path.
· Safety and Good Health: I will be gone 3 weeks this trip.
· Spiritually: That we will have the mind of God, and that He will be glorified by all that we are trying to accomplish in Uganda and Rwanda!
Alrighty… I’m up, up and away! I’ve done this trip about 18 times now, and I don’t know if I have ever been this excited about returning… lots of very important stuff to get done! Keep me in your prayers, and I will try and get a field report out to you along the way.
Thanks ever so much for your love and support – the best is yet to come! May Grace and Peace be yours in the New Year!