Tuesday, January 26, 2010

All day long I think about Africa. I wake up and see my cat and immediately think "aw I'm going to miss you when I'm in Uganda". I make coffee "I can't wait to make coffee and sit outside in the morning when I'm in Uganda" I take a shower "Hot showers and pretty rare in Uganda." I put on my shoes "so excited to go barefoot or slip on flip flops in a little over a month" I walk outside "It's so cold...It's warm in Africa" My favorite is when I see an african american and my first instinct is to say "olyotia" or "kopengo".

all this to say... I AM REALLY EXCITED.
I have been learning some really good lessons lately though and thought I would share.

lesson #1: Is it just me or is Jesus extremely radical?

"A certain ruler asked him,
'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'
'Why do you call me good?' Jesus answered.
'No one is good—except God alone.
You know the commandments:
Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal,
do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'
'All these I have kept since I was a boy,' he said.
When Jesus heard this, he said to him,
'You still lack one thing.
Sell everything you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.
(Luke 18:18-22)

I can't get over the whole "then come follow me"...Sometimes I deny myself of a lot of things or give a lot of myself but forget that last part. I believe that giving all you have and following Jesus are two different things but we can't follow Jesus unless we give all we have...once this happens we are totally separated from this world and
taking up the identity of Christ (broken bread and poured out wine..as oswald chambers would say) to do exceedingly MORE than what Jesus did on earth.

I know this because of this verse: (also lesson #2)
"I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." -- Jesus
(John 14:12-14)

We are called to do MORE (we have HUGE shoes to not only fill but to burst out of). BUT we have to take the WE out of it all. oswald chambers says (lesson #3):
"most of us live on the borders of consciousness -- consciously serving, consciously devoted to God. all this is immature, it is not the real life yet. the mature stage is the life of a child which is never conscious; we become so abandoned to God that the consciousness of being used never enters in. when we are consciously being used as broken bread and poured out wine, there is another stage to be reached, where all consciousness of ourselves and of what God is doing through us is eliminated. A saint is never consciously a saint; a saint is consciously dependent on God."

This is all truth, friends. We have to be willing to live out this truth..or to at least try...to at least question and make radical moves towards something other than ourselves. I pray you (myself included) are extremely uncomfortable until you actually DO something.

much love, melissa

ps: www.tukula.org is up...It's not quite official yet but were working on it.


  1. yay for your site being up! I went and saw it...its looking good! :0) so excited for you and how God is going to use you!

  2. You will be there before you know it! Can't wait for the day that I get to tear into....i mean carefully open the first shipment of products! And really can't wait to hear about these amazing tailors you will be meeting, it's going to be AWESOME!!!!

  3. You blow me away.
    And I am extremely uncomfortable.

  4. oh melissa. thank you for your words! i'm praying for a way to ease my discomfort and DO something here in america. it seems so much more complicated here. if i can live life here the way i lived it in uganda...that would be doing something.

    amaari! kwagala ngo!

  5. Thank you for this this morning. I pray that God gives me the desire of my heart and I get to go and serve Him in Africa. In the meantime I will be here--doing anything I can to spread the word. :))


    I have a friend in Uganda that desperately wants to get home. Please pray for Amy and her family. You can find their story here: http://james127family.blogspot.com/

    They are adopting a medically fragile daughter and they cannot get a visa to bring her home. It's really sad. Praying for a miracle!

  6. Hey Melissa!
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog!! I'm really excited about what you guys are doing with Tukula!!! It'd be awesome to connect once you get back in Uganda :-)