Several have asked what it’s like being a senior couple serving in Africa. This is our attempt to explain. Living at home in Utah is much like sitting comfortably on the deck of a boat at sunset on the ocean. It is beautiful and serene. It has its adventurous elements, but is secure. You think you have a pretty good perception of reality. But you can’t know what you don’t see.
So you don scuba gear, sit on the side railing, hold your mask in place and tumble backwards off the boat into the MTC (not empty sea). You are 100% committed. Instantly, your whole world changes. You have entered a different dimension.
Once you push away from the surface and descend towards the reef below, you begin to see things that you could only imagine before – along with many, many things you would never expect. The pressure of the water against your skin, your controlled rhythmic breathing, the aquatic life, the vegetation, the coral, and all things oceanic makes this truly unique to anything you have ever done before. And your attempts to write home about this fail because those on the surface can’t understand the life of those beneath.
There comes a point on your mission that you find yourself suspended in the abyss amid the sea life and you realize you are experiencing an eye-popping stupefying adventure that can never be duplicated nor adequately described. You are completely vulnerable to the sea, yet you feel safe and confident. And you wouldn’t trade this for anything back home.
Thanks to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and your experiences in the Church, you can leave fully equipped for a great experience. What you may perceive as meager talents on the surface back home are magnified in this ocean of missionary service.
To those who might consider taking that first plunge off the boat, we urge you with all our heart to do it. Until you do, you can’t know what you are missing. And when you do, please talk to us before you submit your papers. We’ll help you know how to specify the Uganda Kampala Mission as your destination – for this mission of all missions is the Great Barrier Reef. Come and SEA.