But, He does promised that HE will travel with us. He loves to give us challenges that require dependence and faith for the journey and all that it will entail. He knows that should be enough for us. Sometimes we mistakenly conclude that if we don't know the exact itinerary from beginning to end ... well, we may as well just stay put and wait until we know more.
This blog is about one of those journeys we are currently on.
The last straw was when I was told the impatient doctor not only told my petite friend that she was too short to give birth to her baby, but he slapped her on the thigh, abused her verbally, and also pushed the baby out from the top manually! That was 2007. A dream or a vision was born that day. I have since believed that one of the things NGM should do is provide a compassionate and friendly environment for mothers to give birth to their babies with dignity.
While we had no idea how this project would go or if it would reach it's destination, we were convinced that it was a God journey. We had to start and we have had to travel this journey step by step.
First we had the dream, but gave up on it when God delayed for five years in giving us the next step. Then He poured out provisions to purchase the land. Then we waited some more. Step three came when God, again, when God provided provision for construction of the clinic itself. But, I've never designed a medical facility or constructed or overseen the construction of any type of building in Uganda. And administration is NOT my thing.
Step four came when a visitor to our house, on his way to Soroti to construct a building, and he informed us that he would be delighted to design the facility! He is a retired Naval Commander and now, in his retirement, an architect!
The most recent step came just a few weeks ago. I am too busy to oversee such an ambitious project with all the other work and relationships that I have. When I discovered that Dale and Daurelle Chapman would finish their commitment to Morning Star Foundation in Kampala the end of May, we asked if they would like to consider becoming the Directors of the NGM Women's Clinic.
|Dale & Daurelle Chapman with the Hunters|
In the meantime, Dale will be organizing, overseeing construction, staffing, and administering the Women's Clinic. We are excited about this last step the Lord has directed us to take. And we dependently ... and patiently? ... wait for His next step.