{Sayonara Dallas!}

Friday, March 02, 2012

It's finally here! After four months of preparing for our trip we're finally leaving for Africa this afternoon. As you can see our bags are packed and our hearts are ready to love and learn from the people of Uganda.

For those of you who are new to the blog, Tim and I will be traveling with a team of 7 other people to speak at a leadership conference in Arua. In addition to the conference, we'll also be visiting a trade school in Pader which is home to many of the orphans Watermark sponsors. (Still keeping our fingers crossed that we'll be able to meet our kiddo, Moses!).

Some of you have asked how you can specifically be praying for our trip. Our biggest prayer is that we'd love first, lead second.

ITINERARY:
Fri: Leave Dallas, arrive in London
Sat: Leave for Entebbe, Stay in Kampala
Sun: Visit kids at the Rock Quarry in Kampala
Mon: Fly to Arua
Tues: Leadership Conference (Tim: Persevering Through Conflict,  Em: Overview of the Bible)
Wed: Leadership Conference (Tim: Forgiveness, Em: Intro to Conflict & Conflict 2)
Thurs: Leadership Conference (Tim: Healing & Grieving, Em: HIV / AIDS)
Fri: Fly to Pader, visit the Trade School, leave for London
Sat:
Arrive in Dallas


In addition to our small carry-on's we'll be checking twenty fifty pound bags filled with clothes, flashlights, teaching materials, and letters for our sponsored kiddos.


A friend recently reminded me that these kids look forward to letters from their adoptive families more than anything else, including the food, clothing, and education they receive. A great reminder that there are many things that can change a life, a letter being one of them.


Know that Tim and I will be eager to fill you in on our trip after we get back! In the meantime, three fist pumps and a leg shimmy for being some of the most supportive and encouraging readers we could ever ask for. 

Over and out,
Tim & Em

34 comments:

Han said...

I'd jump on the train and come and give you a big hug when you get to London. It's like 60 miles to London from my house but would be so worth it - then again it depends on how long your stop over is.

Robyn said...

wow-you will have an amazing time. i know it. but i will say it anyway-have a great time. with open hearts and minds anything is possible

Han said...

P.s. Have an amazing and blessed time Tim and Em :) Be amazing!!!

Tiana Dean said...

I am so excited to see what the Lord does through the two of you and your team. I will be praying for you both! Blessings.

Tiana

Kristina said...

I wish you two an amazing trip! I pray that it will be all that you'd hoped and wished for. It's really inspiring to see two people get on a trip like this one to speak about such important matters.
May you be blessed :)

Darby said...

Sweet friend I am sooo excited for yall! Such an amazing opportunity for you both and I love that you are experiencing it together!!! Praying for safety for yall, for the gospel to shine through you and for a simply marvelous time!! Love you!!! xoxo D

Tracy said...

Best of luck! I hope you both make an impact.

p.s. I just finished Blue Like Jazz after your recommendation, and it definitely changed me, too! Thanks for the suggestion.

Jaimie said...

This is so wonderful! It's so amazing that you get the chance to have this experience! Stay safe and have a wonderful time! :)

Dana said...

Dear Heavenly Father,

Be with Tim and Em as they begin their travels to Uganda today. Their bags are prepared, their hearts are prepared. Thank you for these two who use the gifts and talents You have provided them to be your heart, your mind, your voice, your hands, your feet. Sustain them for the work ahead and may they meet You in love every...step...of...the...way. Amen.

Have a safe trip!

Inspired and grateful,
Dana

Sarbear said...

The way in which the two of you live and love is constantly inspiring. Safe journey to you both.

-Sara-

ruthy ann said...

I'm new to your blog, and excited to read about your travels--and happy to pray for your trip!

russ said...

Godspeed

Eva said...

This is so exciting! Have a safe trip and wonderful time there. I'll be thinking of you 2. :-) Eva from Austria

Raquel said...

GOD BLESS YOUR TRIP!! Are visiting Katie Davis while you are in Uganda?

meatbagz said...

YAY!!! team meatbagz hopes you have one of the most exciting, rewarding, and fabulous trips EVER! we can't wait to hear all about it when you guys return!

Anonymous said...

Good luck! I know you will both do great, because, hello! you are both AMAZING people!

nicole said...

Go in God's grace.

Sierra said...

How exciting!
Missing Africa so much. Send those African children my love!
xoxo,
Sierra
Oh, Just Livin' the Dream
sierraainge.blogspot.com

leemeandthegirls said...

So excited for you guys; can't wait to hear about all of the amazing things God does! :)

theprettiestbaglady said...

How many kids do you guys sponser?!!? are those all written by you and tim? WOW!

Lima said...

Looking forward to reading about your trip :)

Brianna Soloski said...

Have an amazing time. I'll be praying that everything is amazing. A good friend of mine went to Uganda two years ago and G-d did amazing work through her (and they did some fun sightseeing).

Bird from AstheBirdflies said...

Have a safe and beautiful journey! I can't wait to see your photos and read about your trip x

Serene said...

sending out some prayers for you two familiar strangers. blessings on your travels, your teaching, and your lives:)

yes to brightness said...

yall are such an inspiration! Made the Lord bless and keep you in His healing and everlasting love!!!! For serious.

Donny said...

I'm so happy when I hear that someone is going to Africa to do God's work. Coincidentally, I too stayed in Kampala at a small guest house after flying into Entebbe. I hope that avenues are opened for people to see the way to God while you are there.

Lisa said...

Many many prayers and love during your travels!!!

Anonymous said...

What an adventure - can't wait to read about it! Prayers are with you. Faithful in SF

Kristen said...

Good Luck! Hope you get to see Moses. Cant wait to hear all about your adventures!!

hayleynicole said...

KONY 2012

Allison said...

I'll miss you while you are away but I hope you guys have a fabulous life changing experience. Prayers are with you!

Taylor in Illinois said...

We've all missed your daily letters and are praying for safe travels home. Can't wait to hear all about it!

Lindsey Ray said...

So excited to read all about what precious blessings God held for you there! This is my first comment, I love this blog!!! :)

Anonymous said...

I've been checking regularly for an update. Hope you both had a wonderful time. Can't wait to read all about it.

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