all my bags are packed…

Well, my bags are almost packed.
I think I’m basically ready to go.

michigan.09.12
0 days left.  Bright and early in the morning, I leave Michigan.

I’ve been asked many times over the past few weeks if I feel ready, or if I will, when it’s time to leave.  Honestly, I don’t know if there is ever a time I would feel 100% ready to move to Uganda for an open-ended length of time.  But, tomorrow is the day that I meet Chandler at the airport and we start our journey!

Thank you everyone for all of your prayers and support.  I will try to let you know after we have arrived safely in Uganda!

much love!

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what’s in a number?

Twelve days.
Really?
Sometimes 12 seems HUGE.
Other times, it seems so small.

To help illustrate the craziness I’m feeling amidst these 12 days, I came up with a little something I’d like to call, “The Twelve Days of Uganda.”  [Think Christmas time and The Twelve Days of Christmas].
These are not things my true love gave to me, but rather they are things I will be taking or am doing in these last twelve days:

Twelve lists to keep me organized
Eleven trips to stores
Ten different tank tops
Nine coffee dates with friends
December 2011.Michigan
I always enjoy my time with these two (Colleen & Ellie)

Eight pairs of earrings
Seven blue pens
Six last soft-serve ice creams
Karuizawa, Japan.September 2011
ice cream filled slushie combo in Japan

Five books to read
Four sticks of deodorant
Three airline tickets
Two blank journals
One big back pack
Dehri-on-Sone, India.April 2011
yep, one that’s big enough for me to fit inside:)

Please let me know if you’d like to talk or skype or what-not before I leave…things might be a little chaotic here, but friends are definitely muy importante!

much love!

next steps

It was so great to spend the last week with this one:
April 13, 2012.KY-OH-WV
Samantha and I at Aimee’s wedding (in April)

We didn’t really do much, but we just hung out and talked about life and such.  Sometimes that’s just needed.  She spent the summer in Australia; so we were able to tell stories about Australia and Puerto Rico, which was awesome.  Samantha’s just a great person and my time with her was much needed!

I am really excited, while I was at Samantha’s, Chandler and I  partnered with an organization.  World Outreach Ministries will help as my Stateside office while we are in Uganda.  They will send tax deductible receipts to my supporters and facilitate online donations to my account.  None of my plans have changed, just all of my support will go through them now.

Chandler and I were talking the other day, and we can’t believe how soon we leave.  How soon until we are back with the kids and the community we left in Mukono, Uganda.
March 2011.Mukono, Uganda
Chandler and Angel

Less than a month and a half.  But, in that time there is much that needs to be done.  One step at a time.

My current step: mailing lists.
I intend to send out e-mail newsletters; not really sure how often yet.  And I know World Outreach Ministries (WOM) will send out prayer letters and updates to actual physical addresses.
If you would like to be a part of my mailing lists, please let me know.  Either let me know your physical address or your e-mail address.  You can either leave a comment or e-mail me (bethany.eason@gmail.com)

March 2011.Mukono, Uganda
after church one Sunday

Current step 2: support.
Honestly, I think this is the hardest part about going back to Uganda for me, having to raise support.  But I am really excited for Uganda and the opportunity to go there and love on the community in Mukono.  I can’t go on my own; if you would like to join with me on my upcoming journey / adventure, your prayer and financial support would be greatly appreciated.

At the top of the page there is link to my support information.  In the header there is a section that says, “Support me.”  Click on that.  It will take you to a new page that gives you more information on supporting me financially through this journey.

Thank you everyone for the love and prayers and support!
much love!

i have a secret…

 

I was trying to think of a big, fancy way to say this…but I couldn’t.
Instead, I’ll just state it, plain and simple…I’m going moving to Uganda!
With this lovely girl:

July 2011.Brasov, Romania
Chandler and me in Brasov, Romania (July 2011)

 

Chandler and I are moving to Uganda at the end of September!  If you don’t know, or don’t remember, I was on a team with ChaCha for the first 8 months of our WorldRace.

In January, I received a random text from Chandler, “Mukono, Uganda, August/September.  You in?”
My Response, “Yes.  But what are you talking about?”

Little did either of us know that the other had been feeling led to go back to Uganda.  Back to this:

March 2011.Mukono, Uganda
The kids of Champions Primary School (March 2011)

 

We had both been praying on our own about the possiblity of returning to Uganda.  Neither of us knew the other one was also feeling led to Uganda.  We both felt we were supposed to go back to the community we were in before; but neither of us wanted to go on our own.  When I received that text from her, I was so surprised and really excited.  Excited about the possibility of going back to faces such as:

March 2011. Mukono, Uganda
two of the kids before church one Wednesday (March 2011)

 

I think the best way for me to describe what Chandler and I are doing is to say, “we are going to start living life there.”  We want to love on those kids and that community; to help in whatever capacity we can.  What will that look like?  Not sure yet; but I am excited to see what God does.

Especially for those of you that are just finding out about this, you probably have a great deal of questions for me.  Please, feel free to ask me.  I don’t mind.  In fact, I kind of like talking about this:)  Also, the questions help prepare me for leaving.  So please, ask away!

 

much love!