September Update: Likambo Letters
It’s no secret that the last few months have been a struggle. Despite being separated from my husband since May and continuing to be separated until early December, I am thankful that God allowed me to be in the US when my health issues struck.
Thankfully, my stent has FINALLY been replaced, though it was more than overdue. Now that it’s been replaced, I feel a bit more active and can actually manage to walk without feeling crippled. Unfortunately, there is still discomfort and bleeding, but we have high hopes that it will be over with the birth of the baby. The procedure to remove the stent is a simple in-office procedure that doesn’t need anesthesia, so I am looking forward to that day.
More than that, Godwill and I are looking forward to the birth of Ezra. Thankfully it won’t be long and he may even be here by the time you get this update… (fingers crossed!). He appears to be healthy and growing like a champ. I know our life is about to change immensely, but I couldn’t be more thrilled. We covet your prayers during this time for a smooth delivery and recovery, as well as the strength needed to get everything prepared for our return to Uganda. There is a lot of paperwork concerning his passport and visa that is time sensitive, so pray God keeps all doors open for us as we make our travel plans.
For a while, I have been discouraged by the fact that I haven’t been in Uganda and haven’t been able to help with the work at the base. My life has been in limbo since my return as I can’t really put any roots down here. I’m limited in abilities, and I wasn’t able to go to Florida for the summer ministry for the first time since 2011. But I thank God for this time because it has forced me to learn how to have a relationship with God despite trying times where I don’t have the support of my husband or the ministry I’ve grown so accustomed to. It was a weakness I didn’t know I had and I’m still working through it. How great is our God that He always gives us opportunity for growth! Hopefully, I will be feeling strong and refreshed by the time I return in December. Though I will be spending most of my time at home with the baby, I still desperately want time to minister to the people in my village, whether through dance again or creating small jobs to help raise school fees.
Though I wish my husband could be here during this time, I know God has allowed him to be stretched as well during this process and that there was a lot of work that needed his attention.
The next term is also starting up so Godwill is getting prepared. He says he is a bit nervous since he will be teaching Revelation, by far one of the trickiest to teach and even understand. I ask that you pray for wisdom and knowledge over him! He also needs strength as he continues to deal with the farming and finances; there’s only so much one man can do!
The base asks for prayers for rain because they have recently planted and the expected rain is not coming. The gardens have been expanded over the last year so watering them by hand takes hours and also costs a bit of money if they have to use the city water. Not to mention, we have our own gardens as home and it’s hard to find time to water our many lemon trees when there is so much other work to be done.
With all that is happening on both sides, it’s overwhelming, but we must keep looking forward to all that God has in store for us. There are big changes in every way coming to us, but with His strength we are carrying on.
Godwill & Natalia Likambo
Additional Prayer Requests:
1. For our students in Uganda to be filled with wisdom and strength.
2. That we will be able to afford a Boot Camp this coming December.
2. For guidance in our family as we go through changes now and in the future. We want to be able to balance the responsibility of ministry and family in a way that honors God.
3. For finances for a vehicle. (Currently have $200 out of $7000).
4. For health both here in the states and at the base in Uganda.
1: Natalia at 37 weeks pregnant, ready to pop!
2. Our lemon tree seedlings soaking up the sun.
3. Digging a small reservoir by the swamp to make watering easier.