Sunday, March 8, 2009

Mazungu in Masaka

Hello and greetings from Uganda! My name is Rob Brennecke and for the past month myself and my friend Sam have been living in Masaka, Uganda as missionaries. We have been staying with Jim and Robyn Fruehan (founders of Jireh Ministries Foundation) at their "compound" or gated house, which has been a haven of rest from the busy streets of Masaka. The first night we arrived our newly adopted Ugandan family welcomed us with open arms. Jim and Robyn started this Ugandan family two weeks ago when they arrived from the states. The family has grown fast with six boys,( Rock, John Travis, Moses, David, little John and Maddy, who has come back to our family, thank Jesus ) seven girls, ( Sara, Barbara, Amilda, Winnie, Priscilla, Jennifer and Shadia ) a dad, ( Brian ) a mom, ( Eunice, Brian's wife ) and they have two kids Duke and Deon. Jim and Robyn are the grandparents, ( jajas ) Rita, who is also a missionary living at the compound is the auntie and Sam and I are now the new uncles of the family. It has truly been a unique experience living with these beautiful people, learning their ways and being submerged in their culture.

As a missionary you never know exactly what you will be doing from day to day. One day you could be painting a girls dorm room, the next you could be trying to help a local set up their chicken farm. We have been going to different schools fellowshiping and having bible studies with the students and also ministering to the people at the local hospital, praying, talking and bring the joy of the Lord to them, this is one of the hardest out reaches to do because of the condition a lot of the patients are in and the cleanliness of the hospital, you wonder if some will even make it through the week. It is after going to the schools, hospitals and prisons that coming back to the compound is so sweet, with wonderful meals and coffee that flows 24/7, you sometimes don't want to leave. It has been very exciting and different, some days you are wondering if they will ever turn the power back on, others all you want to do it just sit down and send an email with out it taking a half an hour, and then you have your cold sponge bath in the fly infested bathroom asking yourself; "Will I survive this one?" These are all things that we look forward to as a new day dawns, but without it, where would the fun be?

Well, sadly are time here is coming to an end, but the memories that we have made will last a lifetime. Building the family chicken coop, doing fire drills, and passing out the daily vitamins at supper will be remember by both black and white. My prayer is that my impact on them will be as much as their impact has been on me. My dear Uganda family, I love you all so much, Jim thank you for all the wonderful meals, Robyn for just being fun to hang out with, Rita for helping Sam and I get through painting the girls dorm rooms, Brian thank you so much for having patience and taking us to explore Uganda, Eunice for doing our laundry and cooking us Ugandan food and to all the kids, you have taught me patience and love and you have shown me what real joy is, I love you guys!

I mentioned earlier in my blog that Jim and Robyn have just arrived and begun their work in Masaka, taking care of their new family. Feeding, clothing, paying for school fees and giving kids a place to stay is all possible because of donations from people like you! Would you be apart of these kids lives by supporting them or joining them? They would love to have you come and be a part of their family. It will truly change your life forever! 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 says this, "You yourself are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are from Christ, the result of our ministry written not with ink but with the spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts." Let me leave you with this closing thought and question; Your life is a human pen.....what are you writing in life?

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