Saturday, November 1, 2008

God's Ultimate Test and Sense of Humor! We Will Run The Race With Endurance That He Has Set Before Us!

Here we are as the Rat has just set forth an attack! We are in the Dining Room Chairs!

It is Saturday morning on this beautiful day in Kampala---but to say the least we aren't lookin so beautiful! Seems today you could stick a fork in us and call us DONE! God is putting us through the ultimate test this week ---and he must have a sense of humor while doing it.

I'll start from the beginning:
Once upon a time in NEVER NEVER LAND (Kampala), we received our passport approval on Monday and while being on cloud 9 decided to get our VISA at the Embassy! Quickly our Cloud 9 became a puff of smoke when we found out what we original signature from Scott on the I600 petition, a tax form and for Monica to be seen in person by Nathan Flook. Talk about your world falling apart in 2.5 seconds---we jumped the ball though and decided that its in the bag no matter what. Worked fast at getting what we needed! Scott sent out form Monday morning by DHL with knowledge we would receive it by Friday at the latest! problem there. Then favor again when calling Monica to find out that she was going to be able to visit us because she had a break from exams on Thursday and Friday...WAHOO...really feeling the glory! Sherry and I pack up our bags to take a small vacay to Jinja considering everything was lined up and we couldn't do much for the next two days. What a way to celebrate! We arrive home on Wednesday afternoon and expect Monica to be arriving Thursday evening so we can get to the Embassy Friday morning at 7am. Wake up on Thursday with the news that there was a miscommunication---Monica's days off were actually Wednesday and Thursday...Friday she had her last exam. SERIOUSLY?!?! In panic mode we decided that as long as we had the form we could still go to our appointment and get Monica to the Embassy Monday morning. We praised the Lord anyway and stepped out on faith ---Sherry and Bennett scheduled their airline tickets for Tuesday, Nov. 4th. We were beyond blessed while scheduling the tickets , our travel agent, was a christian and gave us discounts on both tickets! We talked about the Lord and left there feeling on fire! Again our butts were burned when arriving at DHL to find out that our package was still at Heathrow/London airport but was told to have no fear that the package should be here late Fri. afternoon or Saturday morning---I believe the Lord is trying to show us that HE has ALL control and for us to step back and let him take over! To say the least we didn't meet with the Embassy---and here we are on this Saturday morning praying and believing once again!

Monica is here and she is exactly what I dreamt...its amazing to see this beautiful woman in the flesh! I know beyond a doubt that God has a plan for her life. To see her wearing my clothes was very humbling and then to hear her say thank you was beyond words. Lord, bless her and keep her safe---give her what her heart desires if it is your will.

We have called DHL once again this morning (Sat) to hear the words, "Your package has not yet arrived and has just left the UK yesterday evening", WHAT?!? ..."Package should arrive in Ettebbe this evening and be at our office on Monday morning before 9am". Sherry cried and I think I laughed inside....I wouldn't recommend DHL to anyone unless this is just God's way of making us sit back and throw our hands up in the air. I have no doubt that the Lord will give us our fairy tale ending---if He can bring us through it, He will see us through it! Amen and Amen.

All this brings us back to our wonderful bedroom in Kampala, with me sitting on the bed writing this tale of ALL What a story this will be for our Bennett--I will tell you that Sherry and I have gotten a word from the Lord. It was presented through email from the daily devotional of R.W. Schambach:

Hold On! (Pt. 2)
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1c)
You are a part of something that is going to last for eternity. This is no vacation romance that is going to dry up when summer goes, or when the snow flies. This thing is going to last forever and forever, and it's going to produce some gold at the end!
The road may get rugged, and the trials may come. You may seem to be outnumbered. The devil may be telling that you can't win. But hold on! Help is on the way. Victory is yours. Deliverance is right around the corner. Greater is He that is on your side than all those who are against you!
So hang in there! If you'll keep your chin up and hold your peace, the Lord will fight on your behalf, and victory shall be yours!
You've already come too far to turn around now! You've got too much invested in it to sit down! It’s time to move out of the valley of despair, and get to the mountaintop. It's time to rise up BY FAITH and claim the promises of God!
It is one thing to have a desire to win, even to feel a determination to win. It's something else entirely to get out there and RUN!
So don't let go. Hold on! Keep the prize in sight and keep running the race. Don't let anything deter you. Don't let anything stop you.

It seems as though the Lord is speaking right to us--- "Unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required." (Luke 12:48)

I will leave you some funnies:

1) The RAT is back...and it almost got Sherry's feet while we were eating last night. Talk about pee my pants and jump into a chair in record speed!
2) We have ANTS...just on my side of the bed---seems that they like my toes and love Ben's leg! Obviously they don't think Sherry is all that sweet...hasn't got a bite on her yet!
3) I sat and ate dinner the other night. To say the least I couldn't eat another bite of food, I was so full but was almost in tears thinking about the phrase our lovely parents love to use "YOU KNOW THERE ARE STARVING CHILDREN IN AFRICA" could I not take another bite. Here I am in Africa complaining about how full I really hit home for me. I will never take that phrase lightly again. Thanks mom and dad. lol.

Again...I write a book. Continue to pray---we will see you on Wednesday the 5th in Jesus Mighty Name.

We love you.



kristin betts said...

Love the word it makes so much sense. So you go from rats to ants, bless your heart. Keep your head up Sherry you will get everything you need by Monday and get right on that plane Tuesday I have claimed that and I honestly believe it, you have done a wonderful job for God, and will be blessed for that. I love ya'll and can't wait to see all three of you on the 5th. Love Ya

Glenda McGough said...

I am humbled by your faith, strength and tenacity. God knew who to send. You and Scott will have to remember all of this for the next 20 yrs. as you raise BAM to become a man - from the terrible twos to the know-it-all teenager. You will be able to draw upon this time to see you through all of those times. It is going to happen, so just sit back and watch God work!!!!

Bre, thanks so much for your update. You are such a blessing to Sher and BAM. I will pray for this night that the ants and rat will go elsewhere and leave you all alone.

Much Love and Blessings,

Anonymous said...

well we talked how many times this day,as long as you listen to me we will be o.k.remember all is well going to church tomorrow to hear ivan tate.not very good with words but i know my Jesus this race that was started will be glorified in His name the devil would love to catch you off guard to put fear in you to stop a good work. but i raised you to cast the fool out.we are so much mighter than he. so get over it and do what you know to do. KICK THE devils butt

Anonymous said...

well i was wrong its week after next ivan comes so come and bring your family so i can introduce bennett to our church family. cant hardly wait till monday so you can get your papers in hand thank you JESUS LOVE YOU GIRLS