Julianne Heilman, a SSMF missionary serving in Uganda shares six aspects of beginning a new season of living on the mission field. And even more importantly, the truth that enables her to navigate this new season and everything else she may encounter as God’s representative to the people of Uganda.
The smell of a new house – paint, varnish, and bleach.
The sites of a new route home – dusty roads, ditches and bumps, new beautiful brown faces everywhere, children laughing and playing carefree.
The excitement of a new adventure – cooking on an electric burner on the floor, walking around my new neighborhood with old friends, travelling late in the night for that blessed deal on a fridge and bed frame, sleeping on a mattress on the floor.
The blessing of faithful friends to help anyhow they can – shopping for household items, finding a way to hang American curtains on a British curtain rod, driving near and far at anytime of the day, picking out plates and bowls and basins.
Learning new lessons – park close to your house so the neighbor can pass, be sure to stop and pull to the side when another car is coming from the opposite direction, ask your neighbor friend for help but sparingly, be independent.
Old luxuries regained – hot showers, closets and shelves for clothing, tile floors everywhere.
Peace in knowing that no matter where I am in the world, or what my living situation is, God is my sword and my shield, my help and my defender, my sun and my shield, my strength and my song, my Father and my Comforter, my Savior and my Friend.