Picture that I sent to Immaculate. Quite a different landscape than what she is used to!
Last week Immaculate responded to my letter. I had been eagerly awaiting her reply. The thought of communicating with a child all the way in Uganda is just super intriguing to me and I truly believe I have a lot to learn from her. Anyway, she expressed appreciation for the words of encouragement I gave her, which blessed me tremendously. I don’t think we always consider the impact of our words.
One of the cutest, most endearing things I noticed was that she calls me Schroeder, which is my last name. I’ve decided that that’s probably how Ugandans call people. What we designate as a surname they use as a first name. I shared that little fact with my sister and she agreed that that is a particularly endearing quality.
I wrote Immaculate back immediately and attached an image of my yard, which was covered in 12 inches of fresh snow. I thought it would be fun for her to see what I was seeing. She wrote me back this morning and mentioned the heat in Uganda, which, having spent time in India I could totally understand, and was asking to see pictures of my dog and cat.
What struck me about her second letter was how selfless it was. She simply wanted to know more about me and what’s important to me. As I mentioned in my last post I struggle with what to share, because I don’t like focusing on myself or material objects, however, I am excited to share with her about my dog and cat and learn more her. I believe that by following this verse from 1 Thessalonians 5:11 I can’t go wrong. “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
Stay tuned for more adventures!