Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Monday, March 10, 2008

We are here!

We arrived in Kampala yesterday and found out that we were missing one suitcase and we now have a 3-wheeled stroller! Today we are being reunited with our luggage, we shall see if there is a stroller wheel hanging from it!

True to Ugandan fashion, plans have changed a hundred times. We have now come full circle in our plans and will be travelling to Gulu and Kitgum tomorrow early morning. Erryn has her court date on the 12th and a major answered prayer...
****Her court date will be for both Nancy AND Bosco**** This is a huge praise!

We are loving being in this country. The landscape is so green and lush--absolutely gorgeous. We have already met so many Ugandans and have given out many suckers! We have taken so many pictures and have fallen in love with so many children. It is a beautiful place!

We had an idea...maybe you are wanting to have a glimpse of what it is like to be here in Uganda...so tonight and tomorrow and for the next couple days...when you hop into the shower, turn on ONLY the cold water! You may hear a few squeals, but you may begin quoting scripture..."I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ...or maybe singing songs like..."It's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshiny day..." Sometimes being in less than ideal situations makes us more thankful, encourages us to look for the positive, and causes us to lean on our Lord a little more. So once again, we will welcome our cold shower!

I want you to know how much we are enjoying your comments. They are a priceless treasure to us during this time. We appreciate your prayers and know, without a doubt, God is listening and answering. It is such a comfort to know we have sisters and brothers in Christ praying us through this adoption journey. You are playing a critical part in this adoption by praying. Thank you.

Unfortunately we are being attacked by mosquitos at the moment and need to sign off. We will look for another opportunity soon.

P.S. Thank you Todd for your kind, encouraging words, your compliments, and your love for the Lord. I love you so much!

15 comments:

todd said...

This is wierd. It's a bit surreal that you're on the flip side of the globe.

Read Proverbs 16. Direct the course of your ship and then ride the wave of God's plan to the end.

I love you.

PS By the way, there's nobody here to answer critical questions like, "Where's the toothpaste?", and "What's for dinner?"

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping in touch & confirming that our prayers are being heard & answered. I am home for lunch. Will go over to help Jordan with the girls after work. The weather is beautiful here again today.
Keep His light shining & we will do the same.
Love to you ALL ! Peace, Mom/Monica

Jenn said...

Lots of love and hugs to you girls.

I am crying tears of great happiness for Erynn's answer to prayer...getting a court date for BOTH of the kids!!! (Yes, I truly do cry this much) WOW! PRAISE GOD!!

I can't wait until the day I can sit with you both and see your pictures while our kids, African and American alike, play together. What a day THAT will be.

My heart is sooo with you.

Lacey, can you believe it?? I am so overwhelmed with how GOOD God has been to us! Can't wait to go to Africa with YOU! How about it...Africa 2009...Gipe girls??
Let's make it happen!

Can't wait to see photos! Have you seen C and K yet??

Desperate for more details, praying for protection against those bloody mosquitos!

Jenn said...
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r.glassing said...

PRAISE BE TO GOD - I have been praying continously since last night for all the items you listed but, most especially, focused on Bosco and your ability to bring him home now as well. Once again, I find myself humbled and in awe of power and glory of our Lord.

Jenny, please do me a favor and jump up and down and give Erryn the biggest hug ever on the news that the court date is for both.

I TREASURE your daily blogs and you ladies.

May God's blessings continue to shower on you.

Rhona Glassing

Cloughamily said...

Jenny, beloved daughter of the Most High,

May God's gracious hand uphold you while you do His will. May He supply for all your needs as His Spirit works in and through you. And may you experience His strength and courage knowing He has gone before you to prepare the soil for the seeds you are sowing in Uganda.

I read through the following verses last night and remembered you. Today Jesus has moved me to lift you up while praying through 2 Corinthians 9:8-15. These are the inpsired words of God...

"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

"He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gifts!

Your obedience to God as His ambassador is contagious. I am blessed and encouraged by your willingness to go forth and share Jesus' love with the beautiful people of Uganda. He will be glorified!!! His Name will be praised above all names.

God bless you, Sister. I will continue to pray for you and your friends, your precious babies and God's movement in Uganda.

Love,
Erinn

Matthew and Amanda said...

Jenny and gals,
OK I can not read 1 post without crying. My kids try to hard to understand what I am reading and can't! I feel like life is is on hold her for me and all I can do is think of you and PRAY! Praise God for Bosco!!! We will be continuing to pray. May each of you see HIS goodness pass before your eyes! Jenny I LOVE the way you share your life experiences! This all has to be a book one day! You are HIS hands, as you touch all those children they will feel HIS love. Our God and His great love is amazing! YOU are all BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING! May you continue to walk in his light and favor!!!
You are in my heart and prayers-
Amanda

Tara said...

My heart goes out to you girls for battling all those mosquitos! :) But seriously, what a journey you've been through to get your children - God's children - and bring them back to just love on them. I sense a heightened excitement on this end for you to return triumphant with those babies! I wanted to share what I read this morning in "Grace for the Moment."
- PRAYERS ARE PRECIOUS JEWELS
The Lord sees the good people and listens to their prayers. 1 Peter 3:12
You and I live in a loud world. To get someone's attention is no easy task. He must be willing to set everything aside to listen: turn away from the monitor, turn the corner of the page and set down the book. When someone is willing to silence everything else so he can hear us clearly, it is a pivilege. A rare privilege, indeed.
Your prayers are honored in heaven as precious jewels. Purified and empowered, the words rise in a delightful fragrance to our Lord....Your words do not stop until they reach the very throne of God...
Your prayer on earth activates God's power in heaven, and "God's will is done on earth as it is in heaven."...
Your prayers (our prayers) move God to change the world. You may not understand the mystery of prayer. You don't need to. But this much is clear: Actions in heaven begin when someone prays on earth.

Blessings to you as we all continue to pray prayers of precious jewels! -Tara

Jireh Ministries Foundation, Inc said...

Jenny, Mom & I are so proud of you. What a journey you are on. What is the whole true purpose of all this? We would be so honored to know what God has planned. Talk about the ripple effect, Rick Warren, we are in the wave of His Glory! I am so happy to hear of Deke and Erryn's news.. nothing is too big for the Lord our God!
I love you, Dad

Jenny said...

In Jaden's words:

i love you so so so so so so so so much that i thank you should come back right now with christopher and katie !!you rock so so so so much.do you love me?yes you do so so so so so so so so much!!daddy and sage,kellen and grammy,grandpa and me to oh yogy to !he replied, "blessed rather are those who hear the word of god and obey it." -luke 11:28.if you love me, you will obey what i command. -john14:15.for god so loved the world that he gave his one and only son,that whoever believes in him shal not perish but have eternal life.-john 3:16.

Kroll Family said...

Thank you so much for posting again. I am always so anxious to hear how you all are doing. Hallelujah for Erryn's court date for both kids!! Tears came fast when I read that. Your journey has lit my prayer life on fire this week. My little Lindsey went to dress herself this morning and out she walked in her bright red Uganda t-shirt (and orange pants...4 year old fashion statement!!). She then wanted to know why I was crying and smiling all at the same time. It was so fun to look at your pictures with her and talk about how awesome our God is. I must say I also love reading the comments being left. I feel so connected to all my sisters in the Lord (Hello, Rhona and Amanda xoxo) May the Lord continue to bless you all.
Love, Jo

lana said...

I almost couldn't get through your post today - I just welled up - so I stopped and wrote in my first answer to prayer!!! Praise God for Bosco's court date! He is sovereign and raises up authorities when and where He needs them. "How precious is you unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings." Ps. 36:7

We will continue to present every request to our all powerful God, especially that all the proceedings are favorable, speedy, and that all the paperwork is handled perfectly.

Love you guys!

P.S. I'll take a cold shower for you tomorrow - but I don't know if I can turn it ALL the way to cold - our cold water's got to be a lot colder than Uganda's, right?

The Bergstedt's said...

It is so exciting! God knows all the details, even about strollers. :) We are praying for all of you and so excited to hear all the Lord has done!

Amy and Bethany's Ugandan Adventures! said...

YEAH JENNY AND TODD!!! i'm SO excited for you guys to bring katie and chris home. You're gonna have a blast. and those kids are too precious. Enjoy every moment! Love Amy (the girl who drove you to the salon in her friends car from amani that one time;)

Anonymous said...

It is so exciting & encouraging to read your updates! You are in my thoughts & prayers daily. (I'm wearing my UGANDA shirt today!)

I loved the cold shower part of your update-- our hot water heater is on the fritz & it has been cold showers for us since last Thursday!! I can relate! I'll have to try quoting some Scripture next time!! For sure, I'll be thinking of the people of Uganda & praying for them!

Isn't it amazing how God can use something so ordinary (a shower) to remind us to pray for something EXTRAordinary (a move of God in UGANDA)?!! Our God is awesome.

Sending my love & continued prayers,
Bethany