He taught me through my experiences:
1. While we were visiting a site in the Soroti District I had the privelege of meeting a 70 year old Grandmother and her little grandson. She shared how her daughter, his mother had died when he was four months old. She barely had enough food to feed the other grandchildren she was caring for. She cried out to God, "Lord - will you give me milk so that I can nurse this child?" And God did! As I processed the trip it was if God was saying, "Lisa - if I can give milk to a 70 year old grandmother, can't I surely take care of all of your needs?" Wow!
2. This trip was difficult for me on several levels. Not the trip itself, but my personal life leading up to departure was really taking a toll on me. I was beyond burnout and my family was paying the price. One night while I was in Uganda I was talking to David on the phone and we got cut off. It was days before we connected again and to make a long story short, I just felt like the enemy was attacking us. I cried out to God for some sort of comfort and He gave me these verses. Now, I know they weren't written about marriage - but in that moment I knew He was speaking them to me to comfort me.
"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
He came and preached peace to you who were far way and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father by one spirit. Vs. 21 - 22 In him the whole building is being joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his spirit." Ephesians 2: 14 - 22
God was faithful to comfort me through His word.
3. Our budget for this trip was tight. It didn't help that I had a large amount of money stolen early in the trip. That had never happened on a trip before. I was frustrated and it got worse when we visited Mercy Children's Home and learned that the kids had not eaten in days. There was nothing I could do to help them financially. I just didn't have it. But God knew long before that day that we would need money - and he had Amanda's church give an offering to use "for the children." That offering allowed us to purchase food that would sustain those kids for a few weeks. Once again, He provided when I could not.