Sunday, March 15, 2009

I am so blessed and so full. I can't even think straight enough to write.
Most of you have probably seen the button on the side of the blog linking you to "Joining the Journey," the Mayernick Team's blog. I encourage you to check it out, as I have given them my internet connector for the week and probably won't be on much. They will keep you updated on what we are up to.

Suzanne and Mike (Amazima Board members, not to mention wonderful friends of mine), their two oldest children, Grace and Michael, their nephew Landon, Grace's best friend Mallory and her dad Scott, and my sweet friend Anna all made the journey to Uganda Thursday morning. When they arrived at the airport in Nashville for the first leg of their series of flights, they were told that their flight to detroit was cancelled and there was no possible way for them to get to Uganda before Sunday (they were supposed to arrive Friday). They immediately joined hands in prayer and texted Gwen to spread the word to pray. Soon exactly 8 seats were found on a flight to Dallas that connected them to Amsterdam just in time for their flight to Entebbe. Only GOD.

Then as I was driving to the airport I got a flat tire... but as the Lord is always giving me new and exciting job descriptions, I pulled over and a few nice men taught me how to change it! I have to say I was pretty impressed with myself... haha. But seriously, me changing a tire on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere Uganda, ONLY GOD. Then on the way home from the airport, Abdulla, driving the van carrying the luggage, Scott, and Landon
ran out of gas, but we were able to take care of that too. I have no doubt that big things are happening this week and satan is not happy about it. God's purpose for all Christians is that their hearts grow to love and serve orphans, and it is being accomplished right now! So we know that the enemy is not happy with us, but we rejoice in knowing that our God is mighty and He is ON OUR SIDE! Stay tuned for more miracles..

I could not be more thankful for these sweet friends. They have served my children and I in ways that bring tears to my eyes. I look into my kitchen and see precio
us Anna doing the dishes with my kids. I look on the couch and see Mike and Landon cuddling with my sweet girls for whom I have prayed and prayed for positive male influences. Scott is outside jumping rope with Joyce. Suzanne is learning how to help me cook all sorts of Ugandan food and makes a special effort to make sure my coffee is made for me when I get up (what a TREAT!) My kids LOVE Michael, Grace and Mallory, who joined in playing all the games with kids yesterday. It is so beautiful to me that my kids and Suzanne's kids see no difference in each other, no color, no gender, no different economic status. I'm a kid, you're a kid; let's be friends. Couldn't we all use a little more of that? Imagine if we just said, I'm a person, you're a person; let's be friends.
It's the little things. Suzanne making my coffee. Anna massaging my back. Mike reading my kids a Bible story. It is truly so beautiful. My kids are as enthralled with the new visitors as the visitors are with them. It is such a blessing to be able to share a little piece of my life with these people who are so instrumental in keeping Amazima going in the states. It is blessing me so immensely to watch them fall in love with the place and the people that they have been serving along side me from America.

Please continue to pray for a safe and healthy trip for our precious visitors. Thank you, thank you Jesus for sending these sweet friends to me!


Gwen Oatsvall said...

what a precious picture ... i have about a book to say, but i will just say "I LOVE YOU ALL" ...

jena said...

So glad you are all getting time together! Praying for that precious time!

Auntie Amanda said...

Hooray!!! I'm so glad for your new family this week. It's a beautiful picture indeed.

Jenn in GA said...

simple joys make for special memories. so glad you're enjoying your visitors!

Erica said...

What an amazing picture. God is SO SO good. I can't wait to see what He has planned for this week. Blessings and prayers for all of you!

Intentional Living Homestead said...

What a gorgeous photo...Praying that you will continue to have a wonderful visit with your "friends"....God is at work and is faithful to complete it!


Anonymous said...

So glad that others are getting to share in this "hands on" ministry and feeding your spirit and soul too, momma. I am following your blog and hoping someday to meet you in Uganda. Two southern girls from the USA meeting three-quarters of the way around the world because of their love for His children...ONLY GOD!

sarah in the woods said...

What wonderful friends you have! That's a great picture. God bless you and all in your house.

Melissa Irwin said...

8 seats....I love that story! The pictures are so beautiful!

I'm a person, you're a person....let's be friends. That should be on a bumper sticker.

Small Stones said...

Thank you for posting! I LOVE reading your posts! Praying for you and ALL of the children! Praying for your friends who are there this week.

Unknown said...

That's one cute kid that my uncle is holding! Are we going to see him soon? haha, but anyway back to the point. Katie, you are an AMAZING girl and I hope to do half of what you've done over the past years. I am 11 years old and you are my role model! You're great, keep it up. you'll be in my prayers.

The McBs said...

I love hearing the stories of our God! We know the Mayernicks and love them. We are praying for your time and that it may be sweet. They are such servants of others, and have the purest kind of love...much like yours...much like Jesus. We are praying this week is full of God...

Sarah said...

So glad that you are able to spend time with your special friends and co-laborers in Christ!

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you Katie and your precious children. What an amazing thing God is doing over there!!! I love hearing the stories and am so encouraged by them!!!

God Bless!
Kami Gordon

Anonymous said...

I'm praying for you Katie and your precious children. What an amazing thing God is doing over there! I love hearing your stories and am so encouraged by them!

God Bless!
Kami Gordon

Anonymous said...

I love reading your blog Katie. I feel so inspired by your love for God and generosity towards these children. Thank you for giving me such a good outlook on life, and for making me want to be a better person. Keep up the good work!

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Renee said...

so sweet to see, so sweet to hear...i pray you will continue to enjoy your time together and that God will prosper every effort made this you all! enjoy, enjoy!! :)

Anonymous said...

Katie –

For the last year, I’ve followed your blog (forwarded by a friend – and re-,re-,re-forwarded by me to everyone I know!) in tears, and laughter, and joy, amazement, fear and recognition! My husband and I were blessed to work in Kenya for two years and your blog brings those times to the forefront again. We were able to get to Kampala once to visit other missionary friends and long to return. Africa gets in the blood, doesn’t it!!? Feels like home in a completely different way than anything Stateside could! I think you know how blessed you are!
We’ve been back in the States for just over 12 years now but so many of your blogs make it feel like just yesterday that we left! Take heart knowing that there are things you are going through that have been that way for longer than you’ve been alive!  Any decision you make based in prayer and with the intent on following what the Lord will have you do will not fail! You have learned the art of waiting before the Lord at a young age, and He is using your gifts in a mighty way. You have hundreds of pairs of eyes that look to you and show you His hand in your life every day! Thank you for your obedience and for the way you share your heart and soul with others, both in your home and through your blog! Kirk (my husband) and I watch for posts eagerly 
I have some information and ideas for assisting you in the health of your kids: things to assist your village both economically and medically as well as sustaining your ever-growing family! I believe I read a post asking that projects and assistance be directed toward the ministry website, so I’ll do that. I have felt the nudge of God’s hand to write and offer assistance on several levels and am so excited to share these with you. In the meantime, I pray for you and your children, for your health and protection, for God’s continued direction in your life!

A sister in Christ (and in Oregon!),
Darci VandenHoek

Grandma Joyce said...

Katie, how wonderful that you are having a great time with your guests & what a thrill it must be to having some attention for your welfare.

I think the friend that's cuddling the little girl has a twin--Chris Davis. Have you noticed?

Love you so much!

Stacie said...

Love following your blog and all you do for Uganda.
We are excited to join you in your love of Uganda, as we were approved yesterday to begin a journey to adopt a precious boy now at An Open Door orphanage.
Blessings to you.