Karen Anderson: Missionary Care Testimony from a Team Leader

I went to Uganda to love people. Sometimes, love looked like a sweet baby sleeping in my arms. Sometimes, it looked like sharing a meal after bathing and changing babies. At times, love was making sure the kitchen was clean before going to bed and sometimes, it was throwing balls, rolling tires and pushing swings for what seemed like hours. It was singing songs, trading seats, and it leaned in close to hear the whispered prayers of a desperate heart longing for peace. Giving love away meant getting the luggage off the floor on the right day and at just the right time. For some, love looked like suitcases filled with baggies, shoes, deodorant and jelly beans. I went to Uganda to love people and found the Ugandan people were not the only ones who needed to be loved…

After much prayer, patience and research, I chose to go to Uganda with Go Be Love (called Visiting Orphans at the time) in 2016. Since the mission of Go Be Love aligned so well with what I knew the Lord was calling me to go and do, I decided to return to Uganda as a co-leader in 2017. I spent time in both Kampala and Jinja. So much of what I experienced would not have been possible without the efforts and faithfulness of missionaries.

While in Uganda, I became overwhelmingly aware of the significant need for missionary care. It was there where I realized how exhausting, frustrating, overwhelming and lonely missionary life can be. Can you imagine navigating the demands of a family, a household and ministry while living so far away from all that is familiar? I imagine that there are times when they feel abandoned, forgotten and empty. Despite their personal hardships, they were so gracious and kind. I was invited into their homes, into their ministries, and into their lives. They shared everything, and they held nothing back. They welcomed me in as a stranger and I left them as a friend. I am thankful they allowed me to become part of what they were doing and for accepting me just as I am. Through their loving kindness, they taught me that strength and dignity can reside alongside adversity and that Jesus is always the answer.

My name is Karen Anderson. I am 49 years old and am currently in the process of relocating to Lubbock from Sulphur Springs, Texas. I’m a second grade teacher, the wife of a preacher man and mother to three amazing daughters. There’s a saying around our house that best describes our desire to be fully present in the here and now, that we may be prepared for what God has in store for us. That saying is “what’s next?”. This saying keeps our eyes opened to see where God is moving and to recognize when He is inviting us to join Him there.

Caring for missionaries is so very important and like so many, I’m guilty of not taking care of my missionaries. I’ve got to do better. We all need to do better. When missionaries don’t have what they need, it makes it very difficult for them to meet the needs of those they are there to serve. Since I now know the importance of missionary care, I agreed to help with this year’s fundraising efforts. During this holiday season, Go Be Love has set a goal of $30,000 for their missionary care program. I have no doubt that not only will this goal be met, but that donations will surpass this goal! Let’s face it, we serve a big God and He has some big plans. He really doesn’t need us, but when God is at work, I want to be a part of what He is doing. Whether your call is to serve missionaries through missionary care giving or to go serve alongside them on the field, God is calling you to Go. Be. Love. So… what’s your next?

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