Wednesday, September 26, 2007

December 10th

Its official! We purchased our plane tickets last week and they arrived today in the mail. We leave from Seattle on December 10th to start our new life and ministry in Fort Portal Uganda. We have known for so long that we would be moving to Uganda... but seeing the "One-Way" tickets in your hand makes it that much more real.

Yesterday we went up to Portland to get some "stuff" together (changing banks, health insurance, passport stuff, immunizations, etc.) but it turned out to be one of "those" days. It seemed that no matter where we went, we were turned away and told to come back later or go to the central office or somehow the moon was not quite in line with Saturn so of course it was impossible for them to help us at this time... It was slightly frustrating.

However, we did get to spend some time with some good friends because of it. We stopped by the Graul's home and they invited us in like they always do and we just sat there "shootin' the breeze". Also, Amanda Peterson was in town and we got to visit with her as well. It is always great to be able to kick off your shoes and relax with good friends.

So, even in the busiest of times, God often shows us that it is better to just stop, relax and trust Him. I find that I have been worrying a lot more lately, and I know better. I have seen so many times in recent months that God is with us and taking care of our needs. I am learning to trust Him more each day... Even if it takes a little extra frustration for me to realize it.

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

-Matthew 6:25-34


Sarah Megan said...

Hey Andrew~
I am really glad ya'll got your tickets for Africa. Although it makes me sad I will not get to meet Anaiah for a really long time.
But, I know God has big plans for you down there and I cant wait to hear all about it!

kels said...

Hey cuz, I am so excited to get to see you in just under two months! I am also sooo excited abi is coming to so we can all be together again before you leave. (and I thought last christmas was hard on us, just imagine all of us blubbering evans together again to say good-bye:) by the way, me and madie are planing to go see you guys in a few years!!!
I love you!

Luke Coles said...

I hate it when that moon gets offline. I can't believe you're leaving in Dec. I hope peace and excitment will stay with your ministry.

emilykaypeters said...

I know that God will provide for you guys. You have such a faithful heart and he (God) knows that. It will come when you least expect it.