This trip fell into my lap back in January. When Kelley asked me to go to Uganda and Burundi with She Loves, I said yes. Without hesitation. Sure, I had to see if I could take time off of work but I pretty much knew I'd be going.
When I said yes to Africa, I also said yes to uncertainty. I've flown internationally before but it's always a little nervewracking when I'm by myself. I know I can do it. But still.
When I said yes to Africa, I also said yes to staying in my duplex another year. May 22, the day I leave, also marks 3 years of living in Nashville. Ain't nobody got time to move before leaving for Africa. My duplex has many quirks, not the least of which is its lack of central air and heat. There are many things I don't like about my house but I've made it into a home. Another year here isn't a bad thing.
When I said yes to Africa, I also said yes to traveling with a team who amazes me. I can't wait to spend time with Kelley, Idelette, Teen, Fiona, and the rest. I've already warned them they're going to think I'm very quiet because I just want to soak up their wisdom.
When I said yes to Africa, I also said yes to relationship and adventure. As Kelley beautifully illustrated in this post, Uganda and Burundi are about more than one narrative or one story. I am going with a posture of learning, ready to listen and hear and celebrate and share. I want to be open to it all, the beauty, the pain, the progress, the need.
When I said yes to Africa, I also said yes to what God will teach me. Do I have any idea what the lesson will be? Nope. But I know it's coming, whether on the plane or at the conference, or while dancing at the well.
If you'd like to partner with me, I'm still raising funds. To donate toward my Amahoro conference expenses:
To donate toward my airfare costs, you can send money via Paypal to leighkramerblog (at) gmail.com. I can't offer you a tax receipt for that but if I have your address, I'll send you a thank you card. And I'll be eternally thankful.
May 22 I'll leave Nashville and arrive in Entebbe, Uganda the evening of the 23rd. We'll meet with a few local organizations prior to the conference, including an orphanage and a minstry serving former prostitutes. The conference is May 27-31. From there we'll head to Burundi and the well dedication. June 4 I'll start the journey home. WHOA.
Please pray for flights that are on-time, connections easily made, and airports that aren't confusing. Pray for our health and the health of all those attending Amahoro. Pray that lasting relationships would be formed and that we would enjoy our time together. Pray that God would make His presence known through it all.
I plan on writing at least a few times while I'm there and I can't wait to share it with you.
Now that I've shared my good news, I'd love to hear your good news. What's going on in your world? Anything you're looking forward to?