“I am the good Shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me… My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.”
John 10: 14, 27-28
These were fresh words for Micah and I this morning during our devotional. Over the past few years God has been building in us a deep passion for the Congolese who are living through the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today. We came to Uganda last month and really felt like we should try to visit a Congolese refugee camp in Uganda before we return to the states in November. We read articles and prayed about where to go, and felt strongly that we should go to Kisoro, a town in Western Uganda. God made some incredible contacts including missionaries in a town on the way to Kisoro and the Bishop in Kisoro. As the road descended into the valley the view of the mountain range spanning between Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo was simply breathtaking. We arrived in Kisoro last Friday. It is settled at the base of one of the mountains and is within 7 miles of Rwanda and Congo.
We spent the weekend with the Bishop, going to a church service and learning more about their work here. He was born and raised here, so it was very interesting to learn about the area from him. On Monday we decided to go to the refugee camp. We walked over 3 miles there, only to be turned away because we didn’t have clearance to volunteer from Kampala, discouraged and confused we walked the 3 miles home. We had felt so strongly that God was calling us here to go to this refugee camp so it was hard having the door shut in our face.
Over the past few days we went with Bishop to see some of the forests he planted. It was wonderful to see more of the area and spend more time with him. We were amazed seeing mountains, green hills and huge lakes! We went to the beginning of the “impenetrable forest” where the gorillas live. Pretty cool to know they are there, even though it will be a while before we can afford the $500 permit to go gorilla trekking 🙂
Over the past few days, we have had confirmation that we will be involved here somehow in the future. We are just waiting for God to reveal his plans.
There are two girls from England here that we are having a lot of fun with, playing cards every night. They are extremely encouraging to us as well. We are planning on leaving on Friday, but our plans are never concrete.
Kisoro is a very special town. It has been taking refugees from Rwanda and Congo since 1958 whenever conflict arose in either of the countries. The last decade it has been from Congo. This town is a refuge and a place of peace, which is unique given its location. Our hearts are heavy, excited and continue to stir and we ponder and pray about our future. We are thankful for our time in Kisoro. We know that God has led us here and we know that our Shepard will continue to guide us.