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Vision | Seek - Serve - Share Jesus, with Joy from Gods Love for His Glory!
Mission | Serving and Sharing in the Loving care for vulnerable people (for example to children with Special Needs), and bringing them to the heart of the Father by following Jesus' example (giving support in building up the Ugandan church and through Discipleship).

Early home coming

 April 2020 Newsletter 13

Dear family, friends, church members and other interested people,

Many of you already know, but some don't. That's why it's time for a new newsletter, because ... I'm home! Already since March 24. And that is a lot earlier than planned, because I would only come back on the 2nd of May.
Therefore a short update! :)

With love from the Netherlands, Amy

And suddenly there was Covid-19...

Covid-19 developed quickly and a lot changed. A friend asked me on March 16 if it wouldn't be better if I came home. Air traffic was expected to come to a complete standstill, which would mean that I would get 'stuck' in Uganda if I didn't decide to leave for the Netherlands soon. So after several conversations and prayer, I decided to return to the Netherlands, partly because of a worrying situation in our family. Wednesday March 18, I booked my ticket for Monday March 23. It became a bit stressful if I could fly on March 23, when the President announced on Saturday evening that he would close the borders completely on Sunday evening, which would mean that Monday's flight would not be continued. Fortunately, the Dutch embassy has made every effort to continue that flight, and it worked out! I was so happy when I received that message from the embassy on Sunday afternoon, that the flight would still continue!
That morning I had sent a prayer request to my prayergroup. I also heard that people prayed for me in both churches of my home church on Sunday morning. How wonderful it is to know that so many people are behind me praying! And God answered, because that same afternoon I received a message that Monday's flight would continue - all glory to God!

A bit about finance.
This is not my favorite part to write about, but as HomeFrontTeam we have decided that it might be a good thing that you know this and are aware of it. As you may know, a "missionary" does not receive a salary, but lives on gifts and support. At the moment my supporter-group (people who want to support financially every month) is not yet build up, which means that it is sometimes a bit tight. Here in the Netherlands I sometimes work, which is very helpful in getting the necessary things of life. But of course this will also change if I hope to leave to Uganda God willing.
What I actually want to tell you that we had not budgeted for the unexpected return journey. Due to the Corona outbreak I unexpectedly had to interrupt my trip and book an expensive but necessary return flight. To give you an idea - I am talking about an amount of 785.33 euros. This is something we did not count on and this has created a shortage.
We trust our Father that He will always take care of us, that this will be all right, that He will take away our "human" concerns and that He will provide.

Review Uganda beginning of 2020

It was very good to be back in Uganda, this time for the 6th time. I have been able to successfully complete the final preparations for longer term departure and I am very happy with that. Practical matters have been figured out, project visits provided guidance for the future, conversations were very valuable and helpful, and God confirmed time and time again. He really showed me that He finds so much joy in people getting to know His loving Father-heart and truly live.
  • Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. - Ezekiel 33:11a
  • His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. - Psalm 147:10-11
At home, enjoying the nice weather, the people, the garden, and traditional Ugandan food. 
This is the menu of the 'cafe of the deaf' in Jinja. Such a wonderful initiative! 
With lovely friends and colleagues of the school for children with disabilities. 
They came home and brought flowers for me; what a love! 

Uganda and Covid-19

During this period I became extra aware of the blessings, care and security that our Netherlands offers. There is a government here trying to keep an economy going, trying to collect wages, trying to guarantee good health care, trying to get stranded compatriots back home all over the world… That's not so obvious… I left a Uganda behind where all this is not really there. Uganda is in a lockdown, which means that people are not allowed to work and that life is partly halted there. Family and friends are struggling and trying to survive, because in Uganda means no work = no food. I find that very sad .. And then I have not even talked about the limited health care, the refugee camps, no running drinking water, sometimes no good hygiene, densely populated slums ... Enough reason to be a bit worried.
A while ago I asked on Social Media if people wanted to share some of their financial blessings in order to be able and willing to bless the people in Uganda. The gifts, prayers, and responses were overwhelming! More than € 500 was collected within 24 hours! Ultimately, an amount of 660 euros was collected. Thank you very much to everyone who gave and thus could be a blessing! Below some pictures of people who are grateful and would like to say 'thank you' to you. Together we were able to help 20 families, including a group of 8 people with disabilities.

What am I doing now?

To be with grandparents.
At the moment I live with my grandparents, because they need extra care and support because of illness.

Preparing to go to Uganda for long-term.
Having a meeting with the HomeFrontTeam, video calling with the missionary organization, emailing with the church, writing a plan for the future, coming up with creative ways to build a  support-group, inviting people to share with us (through engagement, prayer, time & PR, and finances), think about visa and vaccinations, and much more.
Serve and Share in the Church.
In this Corona time, we are still trying to be connected as a church, mainly through the internet. A video team has been set up and I am asked to be part of it. I love to be able to serve and share in this time, within our congregation and through our congregation!

Working with disabled people.
I am very grateful to be able to work again some shifts soon. I have a call-up contract in the disability care of my old employer, and from May 12 I can start working some (night)shifts again.

Praise because He is good

  • For God who hears and answers prayers.
  • For the Dutch embassy and government.

How can I give praise with you?

Pray because He listens

  • For the right words and ways to share God's vision and mission in my heart, and to make that clear for the people around me.
  • For the situation in Uganda.
How can I pray for you?
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Sharing God's Love in situations where there is no love, and bringing people to the heart of the Father, by following Jesus' example.
 
'We love, because He first loved us.' 1 John 4:19

Sharing with us through finances 

NL67 RABO 0325 3273 43
Beneficiary a/c name: Diaconie der Hervormde Gemeente
Subject: Project Uganda
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These gifts are tax deductible.







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