Seven years ago the Lord placed a desire in my heart when He spoke so gently but firmly “children in Africa.” Since that time, I have waited for his exact and perfect timing to birth the desires He placed in my heart.
Coming to Africa is like experiencing birthing pains. The Lord places a desire in your heart. You wait and you prepare, thinking you know what is ahead, but not fully comprehending what the experience will hold. As you prepare physically, emotionally, and spiritually, you become filled with emotions.
The awaited day arrives and the labor is much harder than you expected.
The delivery process begins as you long to embrace what The Lord has for you. As the newborn baby is placed in your arms you take in everything about the beautiful country you have longed for.
Not wanting to miss anything, you study the people and the land with all your senses. You gaze upon His creation, memorizing every detail of Africa, fearing that you will forget this moment. You close your eyes and hear the sounds of your new love that you hold so closely. You breathe in the smell of this new life called Uganda while it embraces you as you whisper, “Praise The Lord I am here.”
This gift you have been given will soon be placed in the arms of the One who created it, trusting and knowing that He will meet the needs of His child. He will love, nurture, and train this country in the way it should go. You know that The Lord loves this child more than you do.
You prepare your heart to leave knowing yet again that the pain to come is real. It is so deep your heart will break and will never be the same after this experience. Nothing can prepare you as you leave your heart in the hands of His beautiful people and you continue to walk by faith, assured that it will be well cared for in your absence.
You speak the words as you walk away from your child as it says, “Thank you for loving us.”