Last Pre-field Update!

4th of July!

We had a great time with all of our immediate family (and Rachel’s grandmother) in Crested Butte for the 4th of July last week. I won’t even try to describe it in writing, as even the photos don’t do our visit justice.

The whole family attended the Black and White Ball in Crested Butte!

The whole family attended the Black and White Ball in Crested Butte!

My mom and I on top of Mount Crested Butte!

My mom and me on top of Mount Crested Butte!

My little sister out ran me on our jog. Way to go Abbie!

My little sister out ran me on our jog. Way to go Abbie!

Jesse and I at the 4th of July parade in Crested Butte!

Jesse and I at the 4th of July parade in Crested Butte!

We got to see a moose on our way back from Crested Butte.

We got to see a moose on our way back from Crested Butte.

Final To-Do’s

We bought our water filter, received our background checks (for our Uganda visa application), bought some American treats (like maple extract) that we think we’ll want in Uganda, bought enough medicine and sunscreen to last a year, and have visited with friends as well! We still have a few last minute things to do, but the greatest challenge will be prioritizing what we will bring so that it will fit into our 2 suitcases and 4 storage bins!

Commissioning and BBQ

We had our Commissioning at New Denver Church and our Goodbye BBQ today. It was such a great day and we are so grateful for everyone who came or sent a note!

Being prayed over at our NDC commissioning. SO grateful for their love and support and we are already missing our NDC community.

Being prayed over at our NDC commissioning. SO grateful for their love and support and we are already missing our NDC community.

We also had a commissioning service at Faith Lutheran in late-June which was a great send-off, as well.

Upon Arrival

We will take-off Friday and will land in Uganda at about 10pm (Ugandan time) on Saturday night. We are grateful to get to stay in an apartment in WorldVenture’s Kampala (that capital of Uganda) compound. We will likely live there for at least a month.

An image of downtown Kampala.  Care of http://www.globotreks.com.

An image of downtown Kampala.
Care of http://www.globotreks.com.

During that month, we will be VERY busy. We’ll get to rest on Sunday, but the next 2 weeks will be spent between Kampala and Gulu (the town we’ll eventually move to, about 5.5 hours north) running a product trial, getting trainings, and meeting staff with Lumi. Then we’ll get a week “off” which will be GREAT! I’m (Rachel) hoping to show Jesse the Engineering Ministries International office that I spent 6 months living and working in back in 2010. This office will be moving in August, so I’m really glad that we’ll get to see it one more time.

I’ll also hope to reconnect with some friends (both Ugandan and expat) during that week.

Then our 4th week will be field orientation with WorldVenture. This will include safety information as well as practical day-to-day advice on living in Uganda.

Contact Information

Many people have asked how they can contact us and if we are able to receive packages. For now, please contact us primarily through email. We will be able to Skype once we are set-up in Uganda, as well. We do know that we will be able to receive packages but we do not have an address to give out at this time. We’ve been told that lightweight packages and snail mail can be delivered relatively cheaply, but can take 3+ months to arrive. We will send out more information once we are settled in Uganda.

Prayer Requests:

– Praise:  Great time with family and friends during our last months in the US!

– Request:  Safe travel to Uganda.

– Praise:  We reached 100%!

– Request:  For Lumi and for Lumi’s founder Thomas. Lumi is in a critical phase right now as the capital raise is starting. Thomas is with WorldVenture also and is in need of more financial supporters. Pray for wisdom for Lumi and for supporters for Thomas.

Thanks so much for following along with us on this journey.

Please let us know how we can be praying for you!

~Rachel (& Jesse)

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2 thoughts on “Last Pre-field Update!

  1. Praise God! We are supposed to leave on Monday the 27th. The Wards should already be at their location. It is a little crazy to see how God has worked. We will be praying for you guys!! Love you lots, Kim and Jeff

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