Here I am a year and a half later on my way to returning to Uganda again, for 5 years, but this time with a husband. It has been a crazy, wonderful, and exciting year and a half since I returned from Uganda. Brent and I have just pasted or 7 month anniversary and we are in full force support raising mode. Here is our quick timeline from how we got to where we are.
June 2013: I returned from Uganda
July 2013: began dating
January 2014: Brent proposed
May 10, 2014: Our wedding day
August 2014: Visit Uganda for a 1 week site visit
September 2014: Approved by Serge (formerly World Harvest) to serve in Uganda for 5 years
December 2014: Began support raising
September 2015: Our goal to depart for Uganda!
God continues to confirm our calling to be missionaries and he continues to provide exactly what we need at exactly the right time. I look back upon when I first returned from Uganda and Brent and I had begun dating. I wasn’t sure why God decided to place a man in my life when I had already committed to go to Uganda for 5 years. I was so confused. For 8 years prior I had been praying for God to send me as a missionary, and that prayer had finally been answered, yet I knew Brent was the man I was going to marry. I couldn’t quite grasp the idea that I had to terminate my 5 year commitment to Uganda if I was going to let Brent pursue me. Through lots of prayer and discernment God provided a peace in my heart to continue dating Brent. As a way for God to calm my heart and help me to trust Him, God provided the image of Abraham and Isaac (read Genesis 22 for the accurate story).
God told Abraham to go make an altar and sacrifice his son. Abraham was obedient to God and made an altar and placed his son on the altar. Just as Abraham went to grab his knife, God stopped him and told him to stop. God told him not to lay a hand on his son. God provided a ram to be sacrificed instead. God wanted to know that Abraham didn’t idolize his son, and wanted to know that he trusted Him, and feared the Lord.
In the same way, God wanted to know that I loved Him above all else, and that He is my beloved. God wanted to make sure that I was committed to being a long term missionary as a single woman because that meant that I completely trusted him with my future, and that I trusted His will to be greater than my own hopes and dreams. And, God provided. He in essence said to me—“Alisha, I know now that I am your beloved. You don’t have to sacrifice your desire to be married; I am giving you a husband to serve with you and to be missionaries together.”
Trusting in Him is not always easy. Trusting in Him doesn't always make sense in the moment. But, such joy is found in trusting in Him, such peace is found by trusting in him, and such abundant love is found in trusting in Him.
The verse I used in 2012 before I left for Uganda was Ephesians 3:16-21:
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
God truly is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine. His plan for our lives is much greater than what we see. His will is perfect. Trust in Him..
We ask that you be praying for us as we continue raising financial support to be missionaries in Uganda.