Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Powerless...Again.

"You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless,
Christ died for the ungodly."  Romans 5:6

Today's source of power...
Powerless.  Again.  It's nothing new for us here in Kaliro, but I'll admit, I'm not used to it yet.  Living without power isn't that difficult, actually; what's almost impossible is trying to live with power and without  power at the same time.  Trying to use your computer, or your microwave, or your hotpot, or your washer (one of two in all of Kaliro, by the way), only to lose power... again.  Being in the middle of some really important research on the internet, only to lose power... again. Talking to your kids on the phone, only to be cut off in mid-sentence because we have lost power... again.  My neighbors don't seem to mind the power cuts very much.  They just carry on, life as usual, oh well, that's just the way it is.  But me? Oh no, I'm going to fix the problem.  No, I HAVE to fix the problem! I'm running a generator right now so that the fridge and freezer don't get too warm since the power has been out for almost 12 hours now, and so that I can use my computer to write this blog post, and oh yea, turn on a few lights.  I'm trying to install a battery backup system so that we don't go dark every time the power goes out (but oh, the cost!).  I'm thinking about solar panels and inverters and ANYTHING that will give me power!

I'm learning, though, that there is a certain beauty in being powerless.  A life without gadgets and televisions and computers and even bright lights has many redeeming qualities.  Spiritually, there is a certain amount of, yes, power in realizing (and accepting) that life is not lived effectively in our own power.  A freedom that comes only from giving our lives over completely to God, who sent his son Jesus to die for us, while we were still powerless and sinful.  And a calm assurance in knowing that he did it all at just the right time.  That's the power that keeps us going here in Kaliro, and more importantly, it's the power that keeps us spreading the gospel to those in need all around us. 

I haven't given up yet on correcting our powerless situation here in Kaliro.  But I must be willing to give up my misguided notions of successfully wielding power in my life and ministry!  No generator, no solar panels, no battery backup needed.  I must become powerless, again.  But in a very beautiful way, when I become powerless, I then become full of power in Jesus Christ, through whom I can do all things! Plug me in!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Welcome to Kaliro!

It's hard to believe that we have been back in Uganda now for over a month!  We've been busy getting settled in Kaliro and picking up with our ministry in Naigobya where we left off last June.  In the coming months we'll have much more to say about what is happening in Naigobya, but for today I thought I would show you our new hometown, Kaliro.  Kaliro is about 70 km from Jinja on a decent paved road.  You can find Kaliro here on Google maps.  We are about 20 km from Naigobya (follow Luzinga road).


Kaliro Post Office.  We have a post office box, but no key yet...

The main road that runs through Kaliro.  Motorcycle and bicycle
taxis are abundant.

Another view of the main road through town.

Need to get your suit dry cleaned?  I'm sure Caesar will do a great job!

This looks like a quiet street corner, right? But each evening...
Vendors selling all types of food make it their business home!
Making local donuts, called mandazis.
Beef, goat, or chicken on a stick.  Your choice!

Selling fruits and vegetables on a corner near our house.
A local shoe salesman.
Market street...
Our street.  I'm sure it has a name, but I don't know what it is yet!

Our house.  Simon and his family live behind the gray doors to the left.
Our gate is down the corridor to the left of the building, behind the wheelbarrow.

Our front gate!


Inside the door are five apartments.  Two have been combined for us,  Luke and Chanley 
share another, Courtney has one, and the last one serves as a guestroom until the 
Cokers arrive.  Oh, our two labs have made themselves at home too!


Our big happy family!  Simon and wife Doreen (far left), with their kids, Courtney (far right), Luke and Chanley (just to Courtney's right), Chris and Michelle Fisher and kids (who will be joining us in November), and the four Luckeys.