My last post wasn't out of nowhere. There was reason to it. This is the rest of the story....
Recently, I went to someone for help. I thought that she was really nice, she seemed very supportive and interested in what is going on in Uganda, so I reached out to her. The last time we talked, she told me if there was anything that she could do to help I just needed to let her know. So I decided to send an email. I explained in my email where I was at, where I was struggling and asked if she could help.
Well as you can imagine, I didn't get a very positive response. Actually, I got a very hurtful and negative response. It would have been better for her to tell me she didn't want to help but instead she made me feel terrible and like a failure.
Why did she feel like I was a failure and undeserving of help?
Because I choose to start a non-profit instead of being associated with a religious organization like a church or a mission agency.
I was pretty disgusted too.
But I let it go and decided to meet with her anyway(After she tore me apart in her email, she said we should meet and talk about some options.). I prayed that her heart would change. I prayed that God's will would be done. I prayed that I would let go of my anger and hurt.
Well 2 out of 3 isn't bad...
It was one of the worst meetings of my life. Again I was told I wasn't good enough. I was interrupted, belittled, told ridiculous things. But God's will was done and for that I am grateful.
Now, comes the amazing part of the story...
I know without a doubt that God is in control of this whole process. I am very positive that He is leading my steps. I know he lead me to start the non profit. I know He gave me the name. I know He is in control. I don't know why I am not back in Uganda yet, but I know He has a reason for it. I hate waiting, I hate missing the boys, I hate missing seeing them growing and changing. But I wait because I know His plans are far superior to mine and I can take rest in knowing I will be back in Uganda the day I am supposed to be.
During this meeting from you know where, I stood up for myself and God's plan for me. I told her I was very certain God lead me to start a non profit and not go with a mission agency. She continued to tell me that wasn't good enough.
Yeah, she said God's plan wasn't good enough.
Well eventually I shut down and stopped talking just so I could get out of there. When I did, I went home, prayed that God would just confirm what I am suppose to be doing. That if she was right, He would show me that I should go with a church instead.
You know what happened next?
God used the mailman again! (I bet the mailman doesn't even know that he continues to deliver God's letters of confirmation to me. How he would be surprised!)
I went to get the mail, maybe just 2 hours after this lady told me it wasn't enough, I wasn't enough...
I received the letter from the IRS rewarding LOT 2545 full tax exempt status. We are finally a registered 501c3.
(My next post is number 100! I can hardly believe that I have shared on here 100 times. It is amazing. Sometimes I go back and read old posts of when I first got to Uganda...Anyway, I have something special planed for number 100. Stay tuned!)