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       The prospect of going to Uganda is becoming more real! I am still working on fundraising (see my last blog post for information), and I have signed up for orientation. I have also chosen a mission theme for myself, which is "Serving with Humility". It seems like a somewhat cliche' theme, but I find it very important because I want to go into Uganda with an open mind and open heart. I desire to leave my pride behind and just become open to all God has in store for the month that I am in Uganda.

The verse I based this theme off of is Philippians 2:5-8 which states, 

" Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the vary nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death- even death on a cross." 

    Its amazing to me that Jesus came to this earth for us! The very nature of his being was love and he lived and served us! His attitude and spirit of humility is definitely the ultimate model as I prepare for the journey ahead. 

    In other news, my clinicals have been going well. The theme of humility has definitely been relevant in the hospital as I have taken care of patients week after week. There have been moments where I have had to say to myself, " I am not above this; this is part of the job description" and complete the task. However, I have never been more sure of my drive to help people in the health-care discipline than now. In fact, I was recently notified that weeks 3 and 4 of my stay will provide me an opportunity for me to get a look at the health-care aspects of Uganda. I very much look forward to those couple of weeks. 

     I just wanted to give a quick update on where I am at in my preparations for July. I still have a lot to prepare for, and I ask for continued encouragement and support. I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am for the kind words of encouragement I have received in person or even in the mail from my church family at home, various family members, and numerous friends. I hope to really focus more on my preparations at the end of April, when the craziness of school is finally over. Until then, I will definitely be working to do what I can; please pray that I manage my time efficiently and put my relationship with God as my first priority. Its a constant struggle these days between school and managing the rest of my life, however, I know that it is only a chapter, and I await with hope a time where I can breath a bit easier.