2019 Intake is on!!

Time check. …2:36am and am still up trying to finish up my assignments. I need to make it to the 20th blog mark before i go to sleep!! Besides me my husband softly snores away and within me,  the baby turns and turns around in excitement celebrating i don’t know what !!

How did i get myself into this?? I wonder with a loud sigh!! I should be in my 6th “kisisimuko” by now but no, with all this pressure all my sleep travelled to my village in Kisoro. I don’t think it will be back soon.

I will have to admit to this though,  even while kicking and screaming, i have grown. The last 9-10 months have stretched me beyond what i expected.  My writing has been revived. I have read more books on personal growth,  leadership, organisational growth etc in these months than i had ever read before. I have learnt practically about resource mobilisation,  i have been challenged by great minds in my class, iam soon releasing a book that has been on the shelf since 2013, I live more for others than myself now, i travelled by air for the first time, eeeh the list is endless. Above all however, i have learnt to be comfortable in my skin.  Iam the best me there can ever be! God has put me in my particular space to influence there. It doesn’t have to look like another’s. .it may not be as glamorous but its only me that can influence in that particular space.

My life will not remain the same after this year at Harvest Institute and i don’t regret this step to personal development that i took.

Forever greatful.

Feel free to ask me any questions about the institute if you would like to enroll for next year! !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Expectant! !!!

My husband and i are expecting a baby soon and we are super thrilled!!! When we first found out we were pregnant we got a mixture of feelings. Excitement mingled with an overwhelming sense of responsibility . We suddenly realised a whole human being was on its way to alter our lives for ever!! It will be completely dependent on us!!

We started talking and planning for its future as though it were already with us.

As the months have gone by, the baby has started kicking and moving vigorously which makes it more real by the day. We talk to it and it kicks in response which is a thrilling experience.  I even keep a journey where i write to it regularly about its growth plus many other random thoughts..

We have had our baby names for the last 6 years plus so now we are spoilt for choice.

One random morning recently as we were preparing to go to work, we got into a conversation about the child and all. In that moment we were reminded about how God feels about us as his children. Just like we are obsessed with this baby, so is He with us.

He says He even knew us before we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. He knows our risings and our going to bed. He is constantly thinking about us and has great plans for our lives.

Loving as we might be towards our baby, we are limited in our humanity but still would find it stupid if it started worrying about its birth and life after.

How easy it is for us to forget how mighty and loving our heavily father is and fall into worry and anxiety!!

Even as i right this, i have lots of cares on my heart but i choose to cast all of them upon Him and to lay all of my burdens at His feet because he cares for me.

I pray you will do the same!!

Thankful for Salvation

I spent the biggest part of my morning today in the company of my Dad and my sisters Dru and Eseri and as usual he had lots of stories to tell us from his childhood.

We were noting how more than 80% of our family is Catholic and he retold the story of his coming to Christ. I somehow had assumed that traditional practices had existed in my family years back but not in my Dad’  s time. I was in for a shock when he described to us how they used to “worship ” and “appease” the gods and ancestors using  fire, local beer and millet. They would pour abit of the beer in the fire and if it made a sound, it would mean the gods were happy.  The millet would also be thrown in the fire and if it popped it would mean the gods were appeased. The whole thing sounded hilarious and silly..”ain’t those the obvious expected results of the two items in fire? “I kept on wondering!!! Well they believed that!!

He also told of the times a family wanted to know what the future held. They would carry a chick (apparently he was the lucky one who held it) and the elder would get a sharp knife and cut at its stomach then pull out its intestines which he would study to know what the future held for that family!!! When i asked the technic to this, he said he hadn’t advanced in rank enough at the time to know it!!!

Well soon after; he narrates, missionaries (Ugandan and Rwandese) came to the village and while most of the other family members went with the Catholic ones, he joined the Anglicans where he learnt about Jesus and salvation and was baptised.  His Dad thought it all silly at first. With time, as Daddy grew in the characters and competences of Christ, his Dad noticed the changes and accepted to join him to church.  The rest as they say is history.

As he concluded his story we sung an old Sunday school song in our language which says,

“Tula shim’Imana

Yuko twa vukiye

Ku ngoma y’umwami wacu

Nyir’imbabazi

Iyo tuvuka ku ngoma ya Satani

None tuba twihebye”- translated as

“We are grateful to God that we were born under the reign of Christ,the merciful one, if we had been born under the reign of Satan we would now be hopeless!!

 

 

 

close-up-cold-daylight-926688All factors constant, boda bodas are my preferred means of transport; i therefore take a boda to and from work. Up until recently, i had my boda guys on both the home stage and the work stage. Like everyone else though, the safe boda craze has taken me up! I just cant imagine any other way any more. My trust levels in these guys are way up those ends. I just feel super safe with them.

Recently, a friend got a minor accident off a safe boda but you should have seen the shock on everyone’s face. All we could re-echo was, “What, off a safe boda?!!”. It seemed unbelievable. Of course its an unrealistic expectation of these guys given that on addition to  being human, they still are riding boda bodas!!

Just today, i couldn’t find a safe boda so i opted for a regular boda and a friend of mine gave me a long lecture on how unsafe it is for me to do so. I laughed it off and reminded her that we have been taking those for the past so many years. This morning, a boda guy from home told me how he and four others on the stage are joining safe boda. My perspective of each of them immediately changed. I felt them safer people to ride with now.

By now you must be wondering what point am trying to make. You will find out in a minute.

As i think about safeboda, what comes to my mind is “New Identity”. These guys are literally given a new identity and worth at least for me the moment they join safeboda. Suddenly they are no longer the ordinary lousy road side boda guy. They take on a new identity which comes with lots of benefits.

Christ’ s finished work and his identity that He has given us comes to mind when i think of this. Our identity completely changed when we came to Him. Its no longer us who live but Him who lives in us.

Unfortunately, many of us Christians haven’t realized and embraced our new identity, we still live and operate as the ordinary boda guys and haven’t taken on the full benefits of being part of safeboda.

Paul in  Ephesians 4:24 calls on us to put off the old man and put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Embrace your new identity today and tap into your full benefits that Christ purchased with his own blood.

 

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday my personal person!!!

20151223_170429I cant keep calm, its my little brother’ s 1/4 a centurieth birthday!! Yohana is not just a brother but also one of my closest friends and i choose to celebrate him today.  He happens to be my only biological brother and our last born so really you will forgive the fuss!!!

My thoughts are kinda jumbled up right now and i cant seem to find the right words to write about him cause i could write an entire book!!

He is the most available sibling you could ever ask for. With 6 sisters and about 10 or so nieces and nephews, you can imagine how on demand he is. Someone always needs a chauffeur, a child minder, a messenger, a house keeper and so many other things and who else but little bro to do the job?!!With all that,  he always helps out even if uncheerfully sometimes 🙊🙊.

Yohana has an amazing way with children.  There is no child that can resist his charm however grumpy they could be…Effortlessly, he brings out a loud laughter or at least a smile from every child he meets. No wonder he is a favorite Uncle to all our nieces and nephews…as if they had an option😄😄.. but seriously he is amazing with them!!

Yohana is one of the most generous people i have met. Iam ashamed to admit that he has given me much more money than i have given him yet iam the one with a steady source of income!!  He is my run to person in case i need a bail out!!

He gets me in ways that many people don’t.  He knows what i like and endeavours to get it for me or recommend sources.

Yohana is so reliable and  looks out for my parents in all ways. Given his last born position and only boy “plight”, many people expect him to be a spoilt, irresponsible, entitled kid but ooh how he disproves that daily!! He is the most responsible, focused and selfless young man of his age that i know! !!

God knew all my brother needs and saw it fit to give me only one that could meet them all!!

I never wish i had more brothers cause the one i have is worth more than a thousand! !

Yohana, i declare that as you get into your  2nd quarter of a century, you will experience God’ s goodness in ways you have never experienced it before.

May your cup overflow with love, peace,joy and wisdom .  Your star shines brighter and all you do prospers in Jesus’ name!!

I love you so much and celebrate you today and always!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Anniversary the Whites💖💖

IMG-20180715-WA00108 years ago, this power couple became husband and wife!!! I have known them for a little over three years but it feels like they have been in our lives all my life.

We are privileged to have had two incredible best men for our wedding and Ivan is one of them. We wouldn’t have asked for any better; he has been there for us in more ways than can be expressed here.

Over the years i have seen Gladys, she is always glowing.  There is no day whether away from home or at home where i have found her unkempt. 7pm feels like 8am when you see her cause she always looks and smells fresh!!!

These guys are the real definition of generosity. They will get out of their way to show kindness to both friends and strangers. If you want to know how anyone is doing,  just ask Ivan; he is always looking out for people around him. I have not met many people who examplify the Pastoral calling like Ivan does. In all this, Gladys remains the patient wife who has to make a thousand stops before getting home because Ivan is either checking on someone or dropping off another in a completely different direction from home.

Without saying much, they have showed us what marriage should be like. Their love and devotion to each other is evident for all to see. Ivan takes the parenting thing to another level. He literally freaks out when Conrad and Erica are not within eye reach!! He is one of the most involved fathers i have met. No wonder you can’t have a five minute conversation with Conrad without hearing the word Subaru mentioned atleast twice!!

Today, i would like to join the entire world to celebrate you guys. Thanks for investing your time, lives, finances, abilities plus your all in us as friends but also in the body of Christ especially at Worship Harvest Kibuye. You are incredible leaders and amazing individuals. May you always be refreshed as you refresh others. Your cup will surely never run dry. With long life the Lord satisfies you.

I love and celebrate you today and always.

Celebrating the Mwebes!!!

FB_IMG_1535201369056A few weeks ago, one of my favourite couples celebrated their 22nd marriage anniversary. I wasn’t able to publish this blog on that very day but couldn’t let the opportunity to celebrate them pass me by thus this blog today.

So… Ps. Gerald and Diana Mwebe are some of the people i look up to the most in my life.

I knew about them and Streams of Life Church for many years but had never really had a personal encounter with them until they came to speak at New Dawn Camp -a beginning of year retreat at Worship Harvest Ministries . I remember that time we were at Rest Gardens in Bweyogerere. The couple looked so youthful and cute together and i fell in love with them even before hearing what they had to say.  When Ps. Gerald started to speak, i got glued to my seat. He was oozing out words of life in a simple and funny way and he delivered the gospel in a way i had not heard before;  very simply but powerfully. That time i did not even talk to them personally but i had been hooked. I  literally started stalking them right from Facebook to radio even up to church.

As God could have it,my Missional Community decided to be meeting on Friday instead of Wednesday throught 2015 and suddenly my Wednesday was free!!! I decided to check out their Wednesday midweek service and i wasn’t disappointed. The people were welcoming and seemed like they had seen me before. Ps. Gerald’s  sermon was better than the last time i had heard him. At the end of the service, he came over to me and engaged me in conversation. That to me was humbling!!

From then on, i became a regular attender of the midweek service till end of year.

At the beginning of 2015, my mother was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer and she had to spend the biggest part of the year in India for treatment. It was one of the most difficult times we have ever gone through as a family.

Throught that time however, i had overwhelming joy, peace and an unshakeable confidence in God’s goodness and his ability plus willingness to heal my mother. This confidence was reassured and restrengthened every week as i attended the midweek service.  Its now 3 years plus and my Mum is alive and well!!!

I kept talking about these guys to whoever cared to listen until my then fiancé agreed to attend the midweek service too. He also was hooked immediately.

First forward,  2016 was the year of our wedding and we really saw God’ s  overwhelming favor through these guys!!  We wanted to be wedded at Streams of Life Church and Pr. Gerald pulled all strings possible to see that it happened. The entire congregation was supportive both financially and otherwise. Guys kept calling to find out how far we had gone with the preparations. Please note that this is not “our church”. We both belong and serve in Worship Harvest ministries.

The Mwebes had a special financial gift  for us which they insisted should be for our honeymoon! !! On our wedding day, the offertory was given as a gift to us to use as we pleased!!!

I could go on and on about these guys just to show you how amazing they are. Pr. Gerald believes in us and our abilities in ways we didn’t ever believe.

Sometimes i wonder whether the Gloria he is talking about is me or another.

Pastor Diana’ s loving and gentle yet firm spirit rubs off on every one who comes in contact with her.

God has blessed my husband and I in tremendous ways through this lovely couple. Iam sure our meeting was a divine appointment.

Please join me to wish them many more happy and impactful years in their marriage as they enjoy the fruits of their labor in the Lord for its not in vain!!!