January 2024 Harris Family Update

“…and low I am with you even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20(b)

During our trip we experienced more than 22,000 miles of travel and temperatures ranging over 130 degrees (95 degrees in UG and -42 degrees wind chill in NE). We had meetings nearly every day; seeing, greeting, and sharing with hundreds of individuals. We gave many hugs that were too brief with friends and relatives and had so many late nights catching up with loved ones. There were tears of sorrow as we shared grief over loved ones that we never got to say goodbye to and happy tears, as we saw long-awaited hopes fulfilled, especially watching our dear friends join in marriage. So many smiles. So many hugs. So many prayers answered. So many testimonies to God’s goodness. Putting it all into a paragraph doesn’t quite do justice to the last 7 weeks of travel. But after such a FULL two months, we are glad to be back in the hot, red dust of Uganda. I think it was happy to see us too, it practically jumped on us as soon as we arrived home.

Cynthia is happy to be back home too. She had a really great time with our good friends Allan and Shillah, and especially with their baby. She has jumped seamlessly back into our routine. I have seen a contentment in her that I haven’t seen in her before, no doubt it is seeds planted by her hosts who have always been examples of humility and generosity.

We had time to get our house in order before going full-swing back into ministry. As we were leaving the US we came down with a terrible flu, starting with a mild cough and fever, developing into full-on hacking fits. As bad as it was, we were thankful for the extra time it bought us to recover from particularly bad jet-lag.

All in all, we are happy to see what new things God will bring about over this next stint, and how the fruit will develop which we have seen Him bring forth from time past.

Below are some verses which we would love for you to pray over our family this year, and even over our students and pastors:

Proverbs 4:25-27

Galatians 6:9

Colossians 3

Colossians 2:6-12

In Christ,

Matt & Noelle & Family