here we go…

so I conformed to society. again. I’m blogging. though I do have a good reason in joining this part of the social world:

this past summer found me stateside. in the Ham (ie birmingham). at home. working at Fleet Feet. it was the first summer in the country in a few years, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. But the 3 months turned out to be a fantastic time of family bonding, building friendships, recovering from a few, learning the Lord’s grace, listening to sermons, fitting a whole lot of feet, and putting in a few hundred miles of running! But in between each of those events were a few fun adventures of their own: several camping trips. my first tri. canoeing the quetico. the not-so-surprised birthday party. long conversations with an ex-roomie.

In June I began praying about going over-seas again, specifically to Africa. Holly, a God-send from back home, who recently returned from Uganda with her family, began praying and counseling me as I explored the possibilities. as I prayed for an opportunity to serve, God daily brought up Psalm 37. verse 3 says, “trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” over the past year, God has taught me that the excitement of serving Him wears off at times. you lose passion. it gets difficult. but we must continue to be apart of the people around us. we must be faithful, whether in Africa, MC, or a running shoe store. I long to see God’s Word transform the hearts and lives of the people around me. where else do we find hope and comfort? it is my heart’s desire to go and share Christ with others all over the world as well as serve the One who has called me His own.

Months later, with many conversations behind me (and many more before me), I have been accepted to an internship in Bundibugyo, Uganda, through World Harvest Missions (WHM) from January 2013 to May 6.

WHM is working in Uganda to testify by word and deed to the Gospel of God’s grace to Ugandans. They do this through church planting, training, community health/outreach, medical care, nutrition programs, education, micro economic partnerships, agriculture and mobilizing laborers for the harvest. I will be working with Michael and Lesley Stevens, two of several long-term missionaries in Bundibugyo. I will be helping disciple youth at Christ School a boarding secondary school established by WHM in 1998 to provide quality education and discipleship to local students.

Psalm 37, verse 4 says, “delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This is the verse that led to the title of this blog: A Hart’s Desire.

join me as I go through the process of fund raising. learn a few lessons. dwell in the land of mississippi college students. Run cross country in the mean time. And befriend faithfulness in serving Him.

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3 thoughts on “here we go…

  1. Varina,
    I can’t wait to see how this story unfolds. God willing, you’re going to Bundi!!!!! Yipppeee!

    How beautiful on the mountains
    are the feet of the messenger bringing good news,
    Breaking the news that all’s well,
    proclaiming good times, announcing salvation,
    telling Zion, “Your God reigns!”
    Voices! Listen! Your scouts are shouting, thunderclap shouts,
    shouting in joyful unison.
    They see with their own eyes
    God coming back to Zion.
    Break into song! Boom it out, ruins of Jerusalem:
    “God has comforted his people!
    He’s redeemed Jerusalem!”
    God has rolled up his sleeves.
    All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm.
    Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other,
    sees him at work, doing his salvation work. Isaiah 52:7-10 (MSG)

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