I have now been in Spain for just over 5 weeks. Away from my beloved wife and my home and work in Uganda. I miss all of them – but especially my wife. Achingly actually.

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The first couple of weeks were REALLY difficult. Culture shock, physical exhaustion, no Hildah, self-doubt…..all conspired to make me wonder if I could do the job I had taken, stand the separation and whether I had gone against God by coming here. It was tough.

And so I was forced to do what I should choose to do – to depend entirely on God on a minute by minute basis. And, as usual, God has been dependable, faithful, empowering, gentle – and kind. Kind in that the first or second client that I had a meeting with was Ugandan. And a Christian. Gentle in that he has restored me to good health, Empowering in that He has shown me that I CAN do the job. Faithful and gentle as I have had so much time with Him which has been refreshing and invigorating. And kind again……I had found a church online that I have been attending ever since. On the second week a complete stranger, who was visiting from the UK came up to me and told me that I needed to stop worrying – that God wanted me here in Puerto Banus and that He has a plan for my life here. Which was a BIG relief! This week I am hosting a married couple from the UK who are here as part of a team supporting my new church. They have been a blessing to me too.

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I still miss my wife terribly and I can’t wait to get back to Uganda in December. And to bring her back here to Spain. I can’t wait to hold her, and Michelle, and all the children that we care for. I can’t wait to see the progress in the orchards, the school classrooms and the medical centre – and to meet some more of the children born in the Hospital in the Hills. I want to live the last part of my life in Uganda and to die there having finished the race that God set before me.

But for now I am happy to be where God wants me to be and to see what He wants me to do here. To enjoy a break from the pressure of our life in Uganda and take advantage of the opportunity to spend more time seeking my Saviour.

Nine more weeks. 63 more days to see God’s goodness here in Spain. Please pray for protection for everyone and everything that He is doing back in Africa.

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