House Hunting part 2

     Thank you all for the prayers and support as Joseph went on this journey!  He returned Friday afternoon, and has since been readjusting to the 8 hour time change.  Now for the answer to the big question, "Did he find something?"   He made a great connection with a broker, saw a few houses, and really set about familiarizing himself with the way of the Ugandans.  He did not commit to a particular house, however now he has leads that we can continue to discuss and decide upon. 

     As for the way of the Ugandans, the learning curve will be huge for us, but I believe with God's leading we will be able to settle in quite nicely.  I look forward to sharing all of the oddities we encounter, and I embrace the newness of it all! 

     Cell phones:  We, here in the states, love them.  We use them for almost everything we do.  We call, text, email,download, upload, sync, plan calendars, facebook, facetime, tweet, photo, video, play games, and listen to our music on them- all in a day's time.  Just hearing the difference in how to acquire and use a cell phone while in Uganda was a huge difference!    Joseph was explaining the way of the cell phone while in Uganda, and it is no where near as straight forward as our cellular Western world.  For those of you , like me, who had the old school "bag phone" as a cell phone, it was a "use only if stranded on the side of the road, because you will be paying for those minutes, and it is not cheap." billing plan.  None of this unlimited talk, text, and data for one low price of $99.95 a month, add an additional line for just $40 a month.  But even that, as archaic as ot seems now, would work if I needed it in a pinch, I had a provider plan attached to it.  In Uganda, there is no landline phone system.  The only phones are cell phones.  You buy a cell phone, then choose a company and purchase a sim card.  Insert said sim card into phone, then proceed to purchase a card from the company that has minutes loaded onto them.  Add minutes to your phone, and you are good to go.  When low purchase a new card with minutes, and load.  But wait!  Just to be safe, you should probably get a phone that has a spot for 2 sim cards, so you can buy them from 2 different companies, so if you are where one company does not have coverage, then you can manually switch to the other provider, but only if you have remembered to stock minutes from each company onto each card!  So basically, talk fast if ya gotta call someone, cause your minutes are dwindling! wink

     So many more things are going to be new, but I love that God has made all things new, and will provide wisdom and understanding as we seek Him throughout each day.  Proverbs 24:3-4 says,  "It takes wisdom to build a house, and understanding to set it on a firm foundation; It takes knowledge to furnish its rooms with fine furniture and beautiful draperies." 

     As we pray and seek God on this journey, I am amazed at the path of understanding He is giving us.  It won't be easy, comfortable, or even fun at times, but it is where we are called to be; and we commit to learning a new way.  Even as something as simple as the way of the cell phone, is a step in wisdom and understanding as we set out to find a home, set it on His firm foundation!

 Thank you for your love, support, and prayers! 

Joseph goes House Hunting!

Hi everyone!  As we continue to prepare for this upcoming move, we are realizing more and more how excited we are for God's call on our lives, and the vision and passion He has given us to go and serve in Uganda.  With that comes one of the biggests steps for us…. House Hunting.  Please pray for the perfect house for our family while we are in Uganda.  Joseph is leaving today to go to Uganda for a week to secure housing for us.  Please pray for safety in travel, while he is on the ground, and for leading to the perfect place for us.,  I will keep you updated as we know more!   We appreciate your prayers, support, and partnership.  Without you, this would not be possible.  Thank you!!!

WE’RE MOVING TO UGANDA!!!!!

Welcome one and all to our blog. This is the place to be to follow us on our journey, to support us, to be a part of all of the happenings as we move forward to our new home in Uganda.  We are excited to share with you the Aguilar happenings from Texas to Uganda!   Thank you for being a part of our journey, and what God is doing in our lives!   For those of you wondering, here is a quick look at how this all came to be.

     One normal day, in our normal home, in normal September, Joseph approached me and said, " I want you to prayerfully consider a move to Uganda."  Now this didn't just come out of the blue, he didn't just spin the globe and see where his finger would land for our family's next Mapgreat adventure.  No, he had been home from his second mission trip to Uganda about 3 weeks, and had been fervently praying over this new venture God had placed on his heart.  As any good wife would do, I began to spout off logistical questions.  His reply, "That's all I've got."  So I immediately retreated to our room with my bible and journal, and began to seek the Lord regarding this question that had been posed to me.  After praying and praying, I began to feel a peace, an excitement, a passion for this country, and it's many needs.  As I sought out scripture, Romans 10:14-15 jumped out at me 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”.    I want to be the beautiful feet of Jesus. 

"Yes, God." I said," I can go, but I have no training no knowledge, no way of knowing how or what to say or do.  1 Corinthians 2:1-5 says, "And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.   I don't need to know anything except utter dependence on God.  I just need to be willing and available. 

After a bit we agreed we had a solid "Yes!" from God.  Then we began planning, and planning, and planning. We love that God is sovereign, and we are able to go, serve, and LOVE where He sends us!!   Stay tuned for more and more info as we prepare for this move. 

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