I took this photo in 2013 on an early morning walk to the clothesline to hang up our children’s freshly washed laundry. They left for school running and laughing down the hill and I was tired. My alarm jolted me up while it was dark and I had to use my flashlight to then wake the kids up. Getting ready in the dark is chaotic and teens can be frustrating, so I was ready to climb back in my warm bed and return to sleep when I discovered all the wet clothes had been left by the door. I carried them out into the cold mountain air feeling sorry for myself. When I rounded the side of the house these double rainbows (photo above) greeted me. God in nature – stops me in my tracks every time. No matter my circumstances, I must stop and marvel and thank God, again!
This is how I am feeling about MCM at this point in history. Rudely blasted out of my comfort zone and finding my way in a dark, chaotic time. I’m tired, frustrated and then delightfully surprised by God – in the end marveling and grateful. As Ivan will share in his update on the following pages MCM has entered a season of trusting God through dark times. In November 2020 our 16 year old Phabi had emergency brain cancer surgery; in January 2021 our 14 year old Bridget was scheduled for surgery to correct severe bilateral arm pain; in February our 17 year old Imon was diagnosed with an eye disease that will render him blind in a few years and in March our 15 year old Mark had an Echocardiogram which revealed such severe heart damage he needs open heart surgery in May. Villagers are still in need of COVID food support and it has now been 16 months since I have returned to Uganda and my babies.
And yet…not one but two rainbows!
December 2021: Year-end Summary
December 2020: Confronting the pandemic
June 2020: God’s Joy Library
December 2019: Joyful graduations!
June 2019: A welcoming village
December 2018: God adds rooms
December 2017: Water, chicken, pigs and “God’s Refuge”
December 2016: Blessings
June 2016: Firsts
December 2015: The Light is Out From Under the Basket
June 2015: Grateful for Growth
December 2014: MCM – First Year Progress