The journey beginsPublished by Mary Chowenhill on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 12:18pm
Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I am Mary Chowenhill and I am excited to be a bridger with SAMS. To begin I should explain that for the last 30 years God has allowed me to teach in the schools in and around Jacksonville Florida. Thirteen years ago He set me on the path of missions by allowing me to become involved in short term missions.
Several times I was part of a short term mission to St Augustine Parish on San Salvador in the Bahamas.
As my journey began I was also introduced to the Sudanese community here in Jacksonville and became a part of that community. In 2004 as the treaty was being signed between the North and South of Sudan I was fortunate enough to travel to Uganda and Sudan to visit orphanages set up by the Diocese of Kajo Kagi.
My desire to become more involved in missions began to grow but my husband was beginning to experience the last stages of cancer so the Lord delayed my move. After my husband Nelson's death in 2007 I kept thinking I could begin the move but until this past December I did not get a clear direction of what to do.
In December I registered for a short term mission training at SAMS and went to Ambridge in January of 2012. My thinking was if God wanted me to go I needed to understand the workings of Short term missions. What an eye opener the training was.
At the end I asked Lynn about the Bridger Program and she asked where I wanted to go? I said my hearts desire was to work in South Sudan but I knew there were no SAMS missionaries there. She mentioned a possibility in Uganda and told me to contact her when I was home.
So I did and Brian and Mary Jane Dennison kindly volunteered to take me on. So where do I go from here. Well first I needed to raise suppport and God provided. Now I am beginning the process of writing curriculum for a Ugandan VBS.
- I ask for prayers that as I begin this process God will guide my thoughts and writing so the work will benefit those who receive it.
- I can only imagine what will be needed to make this work truly Ugandan so I ask that God will help me to here the advice offered by the Ugandans who will be helping me write.
- I pray that prayer warriors will come forth who will lift this work up so that what is written will Glorify God and please my Lord and Savior Jesus.