We had wonderful travel mercies, and the outpouring of prayers for safe travels were felt! The trip from Auburn to Uganda was long but quicker than anticipated due to a very strong tail wind that really sped our flight up. We arrived in Uganda late, and we were all tired from hours of travel, but very excited to open our eyes and hearts up to all that God has in store for us in the days ahead.
Our ride from the airport to Patrick’s house was bumpy and exciting! Our driver, Eddie, warned us that he did not drive like an American, and I think our team would agree! The road and traffic system is very different here. However, he was a professional at what he does and got us to our destination safely. After quick showers, we all settled down for a short night of sleep.
We woke to a beautiful morning feeling refreshed and filled with anticipation about the journey ahead of us. Morning devotion was spent together in discussion on how we should drop all worries from our mind and really listen to hear God’s voice speak. Romans 12:2 says “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Renewing our mind and being transformed is what we are all longing for while here.
After breakfast we again went on a van ride with Eddie. Today was also bumpy and exciting. It was a great ride through Uganda, which took about an hour to get to African Renewal University. The roads are filled with some cars and many motorcycles, all of which drive quickly and with purpose. It was a great experience and as my faith was tested with white clinched knuckles, again I was reminded to drop all worries and hear God’s voice speak.
We arrived at ARU and were greeted by the staff and students with open arms. They all set such a great example of God’s desire for us to love others with open arms. We will spend our nights here on campus in the dorm style facilities. The campus is on the beautiful countryside and has a farm and many animals to help the campus support itself as much as possible and to assist in educating the university students on taking not only the academic skills that they learn here but also the life skills they learn out into their communities.
God is working in the people of Uganda, and hearing the big dreams and goals that ARU has for their future expansion is so inspiring! Their faith is strong! As we walked around the campus on a tour, they shared with us the core values of the university. One that spoke volumes to me, was keeping Christ at the center of all you do each and everyday. What a great reminder as we start this trip together.