This journey started months ago through another blog and another girl. Sitting on a futon in my dorm room at Mississippi College, I read her story, and tears came. In a time I questioned God’s plan for my life as all the glorious plans I had lay broken around me, I heard His voice through Katie Davis’s story. Far away in a land almost unrelatable at the time, He used her story to show me that He isn’t a god who only calls the educated, strong, and ready. He is my God, and His plans for my near future included Uganda. I sat in a Bible study just months before and proclaimed that God’s plans for me weren’t outside of the U.S, ever. That I was proud of people who He did call, but that was for someone else.
Fast forward six months to now and I’m sitting in the Guest House of the Rafiki Training Village outside of the capitol of Uganda. I’ve just gotten back from my first Ugandan church service, and although I’ve been preparing for it for months and months, it’s just starting to hit me that I’m really here. That I have followed through with what God has called me to. That I’m in Africa.
Rafiki is not what you think of when you think of orphans in Africa. There are no starving kids here. These children are thriving. Children that were once orphans, but now have a home and a mother and knowledge of Jesus, their Savior. Rafiki’s goal is not to feed thousands, but to take in and educate and raise up 100 or 102 or however many God provides to improve the future of Africa. They are beautiful. They are still children. They love to play and laugh and love. As I sit in the Guest House, I hear the older boys playing outside. It’s such a cool thing to see children with crazy and unbelievable stories be filled with life and joy like these children are.
We’re still getting over jet lag. My mom jokes that she’ll be getting adjusted right as she flies back. Pray for us both to be well rested and have strength throughout the day. Pray for continued safety and for God’s hand to be continuously over us in our time here. The trip here were just about the easiest flights I’ve ever been on.. considering that it was almost a day and a half of travel.
Thank you again to everyone who has supported me in this adventure. I’m so excited to be able to share with each and every one of you.I already have more stories than I can type right now. I’ll share them soon on the blog. I would love to hear from you through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or we can Skype! hallie.darphin.