December 2006

Dear Family and Friends,

Before any more time passes, I want to let you know about some things that are happening in my life. 

The Lord has brought before me the opportunity to travel to Uganda, Africa next spring.  I will be volunteering in a baby orphanage, helping with the care of about 30-40 babies.  I might also have a chance to work with the school-aged children there.

As a child, I knew that I wanted to do anything the Lord called me to, yet I must admit that I really didn’t want to be involved in any mission work overseas because that would mean leaving my family and friends here and I didn’t think I could handle that. 

A few years ago, the Lord began to work in my heart and I realized that this life is way too short and eternity way too long to worry about what happens here on earth.  My place is with my heavenly Father and while it’s easy to get caught up in daily living, my life is temporary.  My plans, dreams, goals etc. must be my Savior’s. 

This past May, during a conference on the Oregon coast, I had the privilege of sitting down with a woman I highly respect and admire to hear about the ministry she has with an orphanage in Kenya.  I felt a stirring in my heart and knew that if the Lord opened the door, I would be honored to help there.

She related that the need there was for an accountant.  Coincidentally, I went through a college accounting course my senior year of high school and loved it!    We prayed together and agreed to move forward with plans, should the Lord provide. 

There were two things that I knew the Lord would have to miraculously provide; the Funding and a traveling companion.  

I came home from that weekend and excitedly told my friend, Joy, about my conversation.  She looked at me, wide-eyed, and exclaimed that she had been feeling like the Lord was leading her into something different this year such as mission work, instead of heading back to school!  So, within a few days the Lord had already provided the companion.

At that time, I had about 7 piano students.  Since I had made a commitment to my parents that I wouldn’t go out and seek out a career/job, I knew that whichever way the Lord chose to provide the funds, it would be amazing. 

In August, my neighbor, whom I had never met before, called and asked if I’d be willing to watch her children a couple days a week, which also opened the door for an amazing friendship with her and her family, the owners of the local Airport. 

Along with being a Nanny and teaching piano, I was asked to clean house for a few different people.  All of a sudden I had more opportunities to earn money than I could handle.  Why do I ever doubt or wonder?  God provided beyond what I could have imagined or even hoped for.

 After a few months it became apparent that the time just wasn’t right for me to be involved with the work in Kenya.  I believe that the Lord brought that up to confirm my willingness to serve. 

Throughout the summer, I had been hearing from my friend, Michal, about her plan to serve in Uganda.  She begged me to come and was excited when I told her I wasn’t going to Kenya and that I was now praying about coming with her.

The Lord completely paved the way and plans are in the making for our trip.

 As I looked into the required immunizations, I knew that they would be quite expensive considering I hadn’t gotten some of those commonly administered, let alone those for travel.  I consulted the travel nurse at Group Health and was given a list with a total of 9 immunizations — only one of which would be covered.  I called around and found that the total cost would be close to $500!  I gulped and made plans to go in for them.

When I called back about my appointment and double checked on the cost of one of the shots, the receptionist asked a few questions about my trip and was personally interested in hearing about it.  She then told me that had I been a few years younger, a couple of the shots I was scheduled to receive would have been covered.  She wanted to check into that and said that she would get back to me.  She called me back a little later and told me that they had reviewed my situation and, with the exception of my Yellow Fever shot, they wanted to cover my immunizations!  I couldn’t believe how, yet again, the Lord had cared for me!

 So, I am now fully immunized, I already have a passport from a previous trip and I will be getting my visa once we enter the country.  Other than minor things to purchase and pack, I am ready to go!  We will be leaving early February and returning mid to late May. 

 Another blessing in this is an opportunity to spend a week in London on the return trip, for which I am very excited!

 I am humbled by the awesome way in which the Lord is leading me along.  He has been so gracious to me!  What a blessing to have a personal and deep relationship with the God of all creation.

Please pray that:

The Lord would provide comfort for my family and me as we are separated.
I would stay healthy and free of malaria while I am in the country.
I would have God’s strength to handle whatever may come and that I would be able to serve in every way possible.

Thank you so much for your prayers.  Please let me know if you’d like to receive updates.  We will be going into town once a week to buy groceries and use the internet café.

 Looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith!

Much love, Kathryn