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21 April, 2015

Our chosen reality, no matter what….

Eager to return to Uganda. Reluctant to leave behind in  the U.S.A. the many whom we love. Ready to get settled in at home again. Hesitant to pack up to leave where we are now. Full-of-heart in what we look forward to joining in the lives of those whom we love in Uganda. Sorrowful-of-heart in what we will miss in the lives of loved ones not in Uganda.
Packing for Uganda
Yes. This is where we are now. We are actively preparing to return to Uganda.  We look forward to getting back to Uganda. Our hearts are “turning toward home.” In about nine weeks we will be winging across time zones, oceans and continents to where our present joy-in-returning-to will rub out the sorrow-in-leaving we felt as we left Uganda late last year. And somewhere along the flight path our hearts will experience blended emotions while passing through the joy-in-arriving we felt as we winged our way to the U.S.A. a few months ago. We will swallow hard, sigh often and perhaps wipe tears of sorrow-in-leaving the ones we love in the U.S.A. 

We look forward to our visits with friends and groups in our remaining weeks before departure. We look forward to more family celebrations. We are grateful to partake of all these blessings.

We are eager to see our loved ones in Uganda, to listen to their stories and hear their hearts. We are excited to celebrate together God’s faithful provision and His care while we have been apart from each other. It will be good to go on sharing God’s word, being reminded of God’s great love for each of us, connecting others to Jesus.But to get there we must first go through the difficult process of separation. It hurts because we are loved, because we love. We face it straight up, though, knowing there is joy to be found in the process, as is always the case when we walk it with Jesus. We trust Him, and He is faithful.

This is our reality. And we surrender to it willingly. We trust God. We believe Him. We choose Him and His way, no matter what we may perceive to be the cost. No matter how high the mountains. No matter the trials. No matter how often, how much change takes place. Our present reality is good even while it is hard. We choose to follow Jesus wherever He leads us and in Him we find deep joy. We are happy along the way.

This is our chosen reality, and it helps us to often sing, “One Thing Remains.” May your hearts be encouraged too! No matter what….

                                              One Thing Remains
                                         Higher than the mountains that I face
                                         Stronger than the power of the grave
                                         Constant through the trial and the change
                                         One thing remains
                                         One thing remains
                                         Your love never fails it never gives up it never runs out on me (x3)
                                         On and on and on and on it goes
                                         It overwhelms and satisfies my soul
                                         And I never ever have to be afraid
                                         One thing remains
                                         In death and in life I'm confident and covered by the power 
                                                of your great love
                                         My debt is paid there's nothing that can separate my heart 
                                               from your great love :)
                                                                                BRIAN JOHNSON, JEREMY RIDDLE, CHRISTA BLACK
                                                                                Published by Lyrics © MUSIC SERVICES, INC


Ralph and Wanda Beebe said...

Thank you, Jeff and Christine. It has been great to see you some during your time here in Newberg. We continue to pray for you and thank God for His ever-constant blessing to you, and to so many others through you! With love,

Ralph and Wanda Beebe

BishopPT said...

I love that song - all the more now that I'll think of you guys, your love of our LORD and service in his name - and pray for you everytime it comes to mind.

Paul Bishop

Emilio Fernandez said...

Good morning, how are you?

My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Uganda? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Uganda in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

Emilio Fernandez Esteban
Calle Valencia, 39
28903 Getafe (Madrid)

If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

Yours Sincerely

Emilio Fernandez