We are moving to Uganda!

Amy, Malachi, and I are moving to Uganda. We will be serving full-time with Helping Hands Foreign Missions at the Village of Eden(VOE) in Namuwambi, Uganda. As this comes as no surprise to some, it feels good to make an official announcement to all. Our plan is to live in Uganda 2-4 years. I won’t go into the entire story here, but will hit some high points so everyone is up to speed.

We are moving to Uganda!

4 years ago, Amy went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to Uganda with her mom. Reluctant to leave her 4-year-old son with me for 2 weeks, it was understandably a stretch for her. If you know Amy, you know she is not a spur-of-the-moment kind of girl. She’s also not one for uncomfortable living conditions. She had an incredible time, and although she found a gecko crawling around in her room one night inducing what I imagine to be a state of emergency in her room, she fell in love with the people of Uganda. Oh, and they broke ground during her trip on a place called the Village of Eden.

(These are some pictures from Amy’s first trip)

Having already made the decision to adopt the rest of our children after Malachi, Amy came home with a clear calling for our family to adopt from Uganda. We immediately began the process to adopt from there. We were so excited. God seemed to be fulfilling our passions and mission through adoption, and life just felt right. But just a few months later, this idea of something more popped into our conversations. I “jokingly” mentioned the idea of moving to Uganda. Again, if you knew Amy, you understand why this is funny. Just a few months prior, the idea of her going to Uganda for 2 weeks was a stretch. So to mention moving there was kind of silly, except it wasn’t. The next day she sent me a screenshot from www.helpinghandsmissions.org of them asking for a couple to commit to serving a minimum 1 year in Uganda. This quickly went from “joking” to very serious. We began to realize how deeply we aligned with Helping Hands mission to make disciples in Uganda. After a few weeks of talking and praying, we made the decision to pursue moving to Uganda.

I decided to also pursue an attempt to break the speed record on the 2180 mile Appalachian Trail to raise funds and awareness for the VOE, which is a story and multiple blogs within itself! Over the next couple years I trained for the trail, always coming up with different timelines to make the leap and move our family to Uganda. We would say one date, then time would pass and we would postpone. We eventually had to face the reality, if we didn’t take care of our debt that was hanging over us we would never go. We actually at one point made an attempt to become foster parents. In my opinion this was one final attempt to run from the true calling God placed on our lives. We even brought two children into our home through the foster care system, and it just didn’t work out despite how much I tried to make it. Side note: Some of you reading this need to become foster parents immediately! As soon as we refocused and saw we were running from our calling. We submitted our path to God. We decided to put our house on the market… it sold in 4 days! Not only that, but it knocked out 1/3 of our debt we had been letting hang over us. Fast forwarding a few months, we’ve now paid off over 2/3 of our debt and are on track to have it completely paid off by July after we sell our vehicles!

(Pictures from the Appalachian Trail speed-record attempt.)

Our plan is to leave in August to serve with Helping Hands at the VOE. We will also take a trip prior with our entire family at the end of May. So that’s it. We are going, and happy to be at this point in our journey. Although it feels like another beginning, and there is lots of funding to raise, and logistics to figure out, it’s relieving to have the move on our calendar for August. We covet your prayers through this process. We will be asking for you support financially as well. My primary role with Helping Hands will be serving as a Volunteer Team Coordinator for our short-term teams that come from the U.S. and other countries. Amy’s primary role will be Malachi’s teacher. I do have a feeling God will show her some significant ways he’ll be using her when we get there 🙂

All support checks should be written to Helping Hands Foreign Missions with Drew Burnett in the memo line. Also, we would love to talk further about this mission with you. Give us a call anytime to set up a time to get together.

Helping Hands Foreign Missions

5043 Bristol Ind. Way

Buford, GA 30518

Drew Burnett- (706)266-2587

Amy Burnett- (706)766-3175

8“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

-Isaiah 55:8-11

This is the scripture we’ve rested in throughout this journey. Thank you for journeying with us.

This is Joshua. He’s participating in Esangalo at the VOE. This picture is a true representation of how we feel about the children of Uganda. He is stronger than he looks. A mighty warrior of God.

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