August has been a busy month for mission prep. I’ve been working diligently to get my future plans in order so I can make my transition to the mission field as smooth as possible. I’ve squared away my living situation after my lease is up, I have someone to care for Izzy once I’m gone and I’ve begun the dreaded division of my assets.
Since I let everyone know that I am moving to Uganda in January, I have received an overwhelming amount of love and support from so many people. I cannot begin to say how much I love answering your questions, reading your comments and laughing at your varied advice; Please keep it coming. In the midst of all of the questions, comments, and concerns that many of you have expressed, there are a couple of questions that have been asked more than others:
- Is Uganda Safe?
- How much will it cost to get there? Will you need to support raise?
In the interest of full transparency, I will answer those questions separately because I think there needs to be intentional attention paid to each of them. I can say that I have far greater anxiety regarding one than the other. More on that later. . .
Are you going to be getting paid/ How are you financially going to get there?
The nature of the position that I accepted with IJM is one that does not provide a salary for my time there. IJM is a non-profit organization that strives to devote all of the donations they receive to the mission they are seeking to achieve, with as little expense as possible. As a mission organization, they encourage support raising for many of their employees. As an important aspect of this journey, I will be raising support for my time in Uganda. Support Raising is a biblically supported principle (I Chronicles 28:1-29:20, Nehemiah 1:1 – 2:9, Philippians 4:10 – 20, 2 Corinthians 8:1–9:15, 3 John 1: 5-8) used by missionaries around the world to engage members of the body of Christ toward specific missions. Realistically, I am not in a financial place to support myself for an entire year in Uganda, but I believe the truth in Philippians 4:19 that “my God will supply every need of [mine] according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus”. Aside from the biblical basis for support raising and the obvious need for financial support during the year there are 2 other reasons I believe support raising is essential to this process:
- Humility: My small group has this joke about a “pride bus” that we are all card-carrying members of. The bus arrives to pick us up in moments where our humanity overruns our humility and we are less than gracious to the people in our lives, or gracious about the things in our lives. While, the imagery has never failed to render a laugh from the group, it is a very real picture of the way in which pride has become commonplace in the human condition. I generally consider myself a self-sufficient person who only asks for assistance when the load has become burdensome or too overwhelming to carry alone. However, in this season of my life, I have to learn to lay down that view and humble myself in ways that remind me daily that I am NOT in control and I am on this journey as a part of a community, not as an individual. Over the past 7 years I have loved being a part of a community that is moved to action for Kingdom purposes because I’ve been able to see how lives are blessed because of people’s willingness to submit and trust. My own issues with trust and fear of inadequacy should not be the reason I choose not to pursue the field. If I’m truly seeking humility, I have to learn to lay my fears aside in order to see the body in action. Admitting my inability to make this journey happen without the assistance of others is a hard pill to swallow, but it is one I willingly ingest for the sake of the mission. This process is teaching me that I don’t always need to have it together. God will help me recognize that humbling myself is not a posture of weakness, but one that allows me to emulate the example he repeatedly demonstrated in his ministry.
- To See Specific Prayers Answered: Each day in every IJM office around the world, the entire staff takes moments to stop and pray, collectively, about the large mission that IJM boldly works toward around the world. Specific prayer requests are brought before the team and in those moments, every one raises their petition to the LORD. We have blessed assurance that our God is present even in the moments when we fail to call out to him. “When two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I’ll be there.” (Matthew 18:20,MSG). For over 2 years, I’ve prayed the same prayer daily; break my heart for what breaks yours & disturb me in a way that moves me to action. My capacity to empathize and understand has gradually been growing and moving me toward the field. I don’t fear asking big things of God because He will equip and prepare me for anything He moves me into. This opportunity to serve widows and orphans in Uganda is not only a direct response to the call issued to all of us (James 1:27), but it is also a direct response to the big prayer I requested of God. I plan to lean in to all that this opportunity is going to be. I will praise him for the blessings and the hardships because I know that he’s gone before me to prepare the way and the work. I pray He will continue to mold me more in his image and break my heart for the broken things in the world.
How much do you need to raise?
My year in Gulu, Uganda is going to cost roughly $20,000. While I am able to fund a small portion of this trip through selling belongings, savings, I will need the support of my community to get me there. IJM provided a really comprehensive budget that breaks down the total cost. I have created a fundraising site at Deposit a Gift that will allow you to donate funds to specific needs associated with this mission. Please visit the site, leave me a message, and leave a gift.
What’s the best way to support you?
- Becoming a monthly supporter is the best way to support my mission to Uganda. When donors are continually engaged in giving to a mission, they are reminded monthly to pray for the team on the ground as well as for the people who will be served. A monthly contribution ensures that basic and tangible needs are met each month and the work I have been called to can continue uninterrupted. A monthly gift of $50 could pay for wellness expenses or transportation around Gulu each month or household utilities. If you would like to become a monthly supporter of my time in Uganda, please visit the following link:
- Choose Recurring Gift
- Select: Amanda Robinson
- One-time donations are fantastic ways to support the mission as well. Your one-time gift will go toward the total cost of getting me to Gulu and getting me settled one I’m there.
- Subscribe to my blog! This is the best way to get current updates about the process of getting to the field. This is also where I plan to post about my time in Gulu and all that the Lord is doing in and through the team in Uganda.
- Pray for me! This is the easiest way to support me and the area of greatest need. Current prayer requests:
- The Support Raising process will be fruitful and swift
- Packing & moving to my parent’s house will be effortless
- Selling belongings will be easy
- Prayer team will be diverse and large
- God will begin to remove roadblocks to this next chapter
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.”(John 15:16) I will faithfully follow the call God has placed on my life even if it means laying down my comforts in order to do so. So, there it is. I hope this answers all of your questions. I know there will be many more and I’m happy to answer them all.