06 November 2007

Welcome to the Jungle - Part 2

We met another new family recently… they are considering moving home to Italy after 7 months...

More common than you might think… for any number of reasons…

For our friends the Fibinachi’s… again the names have been changed to protect the innocent… the issue is money and a run of bad luck…

15 days before they moved to Uganda the Chairman of their Mission Board died… the man they chose to replace him decided that he didn’t want to support their ministry… so their funding was completely cut off 4 months after they moved here…

That is just the first issue… they were promised work visas when they arrived… another broken promise… so for the time being they have to travel out of the country every 3 months with their 6 year old daughter and 2 year old son… and yes, even in the 3rd World it is difficult to travel with no money.

To make travel more difficult they can’t leave the country with their car… because the previous owner took a short cut and registered it as green even though its blue… and since they don’t have their visas they can’t re-register their car…so they can't drive it out of the country... imagine riding a bus for 8 hours with a 6 year old and 2 year old and the bus has no toilet on-board and makes one stop 4 hours into the trip… sign me up!

Oh, and did I mention that the power cables that provide electricity to their house melted 2.5 weeks ago… and my friends Umeme haven’t responded to one call…

Throw in a few problems with health, their daughter's school and adjusting to a new cultural and you’ve got yourself 10,000 reasons to go home…

Having a calling to the mission field is great… arriving to find yourself in a mess like theirs with no ticket home is enough to make anyone question their calling…

1 comment:

John said...

For in this life you will face troubles.... Sometimes, you wonder how strong does God think we are? The truth is that we are not able to understand or know in our own perspective... Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. All I can do is pray to God for this family and trust that God will be glorified by their circumstance of testing and that their faith will be strong. I know this might sound preachy, but what else does He want from us than our submission no matter what the trial.