Friday, January 21, 2011

Uganda Update: "Meeting" Our Team

Last night we had our first Uganda team conference call and oh my word. I can not tell you how exciting it was - I got all sorts of tingly as we talked about our trip. God has brought together such an incredible team for us to serve with and I am amazed at how many links there are between all of our interests, talents and passions.

From what I could piece together from our far-too-short one hour conversation, our team consists of two photographers, a number of stay-at-home mommies, a couple gals who work with children's ministry/education, a couple artsy/craftsy types, three other married couples, couples who have adopted or have adoption in their future and one engineer (no doubt to keep all our artsy people grounded). Quite a few of us have been to Africa before and a number of us have a special soft spot in our heart for Uganda specially. Our team also had a few people who had their lives rocked by David Platt's Radical. We've got so much in common with these folks - God seems to have made our hearts beat for so many of the same things - and I can not wait to spend a week with them. (In just 55 days!)

And get this - one of the gals, Faith, has six kids. Four natural and two adopted domestically. Her first four were near-grown when she and her husband started over and adopted two more. Sounds a little like my family don't it?

I'm not gonna lie to you - most of our crew is from the south and Devin and I were a slight bit enchanted by all the sweet southern accents we heard. (Devin might just kill me for admitting that on his behalf - but hopefully he'll just settle for a good eye roll.) Y'all - they say "might should" which is possibly my favorite recently discovered Southern phrase (thanks Missy for introducing me to this dialectical gem.)

Seriously, this trip is going to be amazing. I can't wait to tell y'all more about it!

Financial Support Update - This week was our deadline to have enough funds raised to buy the plane tickets and the support came in just in time (as in, the final dollars came in only days ago). God is good - 49% raised!!


  1. It was fun to get to meet everyone last night! You put into words beautifully exactly what I was thinking about how creatively God puts together a group of strangers with unique gifts to complement and complete each other! Excited to see what the future holds!

  2. That's awesome that you all have so much in common! How exciting! I'm sure you'll all be best friends after this trip has come and gone.

    Don't get me started on "might should." That's great that you think it's cute and all, but it drives me CRAZY and I kind of want to rip out my toenails every time I hear it. :)

  3. I might should tell you that you will learn many other cool phrases!! Great to meet you!!

  4. Sooooooo exciting!!!! (and I'm with Steph on might should) :)

  5. Hey Jen, could you pass along to me your contact info for giving you support? I love that you are going to Africa!


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