The ticket has been booked. I'm going back to Africa! The date will be January 2, 2008, nice way to start the New Year. I'm flying through Amsterdam and will stay a few days to visit good friends who were with me all last year, through the HIV/AIDS school in Cape Town and the outreach in Uganda/Sudan. I'm going back to the YWAM base in Arua, northern Uganda where I stayed last March-April just before I came home. I am hoping and praying about starting some sort of HIV/AIDS ministry, probably some kind of education/awareness/working with youth mixed with support for those infected/affected by HIV. Arua is also close to Sudan where I would like to go back to, also Yumbe, a village I've gone to twice and really want to go back to, and the base does some work in Congo (so I can use my French), and Central African Republic. All this means to you as my devoted reader is that I can get to a lot of countries pretty easily! I know it will all unfold once I get there.
I am SO excited!
I wasn't at first. When I booked the ticket, I was very freaked out. I went for a walk. It was damn cold! But I turned on the tunes and just walked. (As an aside, something I wonder if any other cold-climate person who has an ipod has noticed with a mix of frustration and amusement ...you can't turn the click wheel on an ipod with mittens on, huh...) OK, so I walk and I listen to my tunes and I decide to sit on a bench for a bit and hope the cold wind will clear it all up for me. Well, when I look up, the first thing to catch my eye is a young Sudanese guy walking across the street and my first reaction is to laugh out loud because I know God just let me in on a little secret...This is what I want. Africa. There's no doubt in His mind or anyone else's mind that I know of, but I needed to be reminded.
And I'm SO excited!