Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Most Recent Update Letter

MERRY CHRISTMAS
AND
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Hello everyone from Kampala. I know it's been too long since you heard from me. I am so sorry. There has been much happening and I wanted to be sure of a few things before writing this update.

I think the last you heard from me I was commuting back and forth to Jinja for ministry, doing Ang Tulay. Unfortunately, that work ended in October and I was left trying to figure out what to do next. As there is no YWAM base in Kampala, I didn't have any contacts or a place to plug myself into easily. Friends David and Heather Kapyayte, who run a primary school, invited me to teach Life Skills to the older students. I went to meet the students and was excited about the opportunity. But we soon realized, with the term ending and the students beginning their exams, it was not practical to begin a course at that time.

Patrick started a new job with a Ecobank and has enjoyed the more professional environment there, though there are still similar pressures and an exploitation of employees commonly seen here in Uganda. Many of his colleagues and co-workers urge him to look for work outside of Uganda as there is little room for advancement here.

Over the last few months, we have experienced a series of difficult circumstances and disappointments. I won't get into details, but long story short, after much deliberation and prayer, we have had to make the difficult decision for me to go back to Canada to work. I leave on the 30th of this month and will arrive in Calgary on the afternoon of the 31st. Thankfully, and to my astonishment, the museum will indeed take me back again and already has work ready for me to come back to. Patrick will remain here at his job until something else opens up.

Of course, seeing family and friends again will be awesome as I have missed you all so much! But it does not cancel the pain we feel to be separated after only 6 short months of marriage. It also does not cancel the disappointment we feel to have to delay our dreams of ministry in Uganda. We are hoping and praying for an opportunity to open up for Patrick to also join me in Calgary as soon as possible. Please keep us in your prayers. Also, if you know of any contacts for jobs in Patrick's profession (Information Systems Auditor), or otherwise (I think he'd make a great Fedex driver considering how he has to navigate traffic in Kampala!!), please, let us know. We hope to earn enough money to build rental properties in Soroti, Uganda as a way to support ourselves and our ministry in future.

We can't always understand the direction God chooses to take us, but we can still choose to trust Him.

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to catching up with those of you in Calgary very soon.

Peace,
Nicole and Patrick

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