How did you end up in Uganda?
My husband and I met at a Calvary Chapel in Oregon. Truly it was love at first sight. Zane had just arrived back from Ghana, West Africa--nothing short of the hand of the Lord! When I was 19 I spent nearly a year in the bush of Zambia. This common likeness is what the Lord used to initially spark an interest in each other. We soon found out that we had much more in common than living in Africa. We both loved sports--my husband wrestled for the local state college and I ran cross country competitively. Our first few dates were spent on the local running trails.
Two weeks after we met we took a trip to the Oregon coast. My husband later told me that he was going to propose then--the funny thing is he waited just a mere six more weeks to ask my dad permission to marry me. From the day we met to the day of our wedding only eight months had passed.
Exactly one year after we were married we welcomed our daughter Eryn into the world. During these first three years of our marriage we worked and ministered at a Christian Dude Ranch in the mountains of Southern Oregon. We led a missions team to Honduras where the Lord lit a spark in my husbands heart for full time mission work overseas--I had this spark lit when I was 15 years old.
One day the Lord told us it was time to GO-where? Back to Africa. One road trip and six months later we were accepted as missionaries with Far Reaching Ministries (FRM). One three month trip to Uganda, three months of interning at the FRM office and one month of saying good-byes, oh, and another baby on the way, we left everything we knew and moved to Uganda as full time missionaries.
And here we have been since 2004. The road called missionary life has been rocky, with some huge pot holes thrown in along the way. The majority of our life in Uganda proved to be damaging to my health--however, I was recently healed just 2 months ago!!!
We began "taking the lonely into our family," in obedience to the Lord's command, in 2006. We are now the stewards of two biological children and seven Ugandan children. People ask us if we thought this would be our life, our initial answer is, "not really," but deep in our hearts we both knew that we would end up as a large family living and ministering in Africa.
My husband has ministered in various capacities over the past 5+ years, from teaching at a Bible College to being an assistant pastor. We have recently heard God's call to move our sweet little family to Northern Uganda where Zane will be ministering to an unreached people group. I am a full time stay at home mom who loves teaching my children, from their ABC's to who they are in Christ.
"Because I preach this Good News...I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:9-10