Letter 2 – The Final Countdown


Monday 31 December 2018



Dear Reader,

I am always a bit apprehensive going into a new year, thinking ahead to what it will hold. As I look forward to 2019, with just 2 weeks until I jet off to Uganda, it’s safe to say I’m pretty nervous.

But I’m helpfully reminded that God is Sovereign over all. He goes before us, and works for His good purposes.

This was a big takeaway point from my commissioning service last month. It was a lovely day, where I was able to share with family, friends and my church, a bit about the work I’ll be doing whilst I’m away. I’m hugely thankful to all those who came along and so thankful for all the money God has provided through the generosity of so many people. I am so overwhelmed by the kindness and support I have received, which has meant I have reached the full sum of money I need for my trip!

As well as funds, my visa has been sorted, flights booked, malaria tablets finally bought and my body is full to the brim with all the vaccinations. A bag almost twice the size of me has been packed too -things are slowly but surely coming together. I’ve had a final meeting with my Crosslinks co-ordinator and it has been great chatting to my host family on Skype, finding out more about what life will be like in Kampala. Saying goodbye to friends for the final time before I leave has made everything feel a bit more real and I know that the next couple of weeks will fly by! Please continue to pray with me – for final preparations, safety, that I would trust God’s sovereignty and that God would use me well as I serve in Uganda.

Love from Laura x x x

Food after my commissioning service. This is an incredible cake a uni friend thoughtfully made for me. On the inside are the colours of the Ugandan flag!

Letter 1 – Fundraising

Thursday 1 November 2018

Dear Reader,


When it came to planning this mission trip, I remember having a big chat with a good friend of mine who is probably the most organised person I know.

She said, “Laura, what’s the plan? How are you going to raise the funds?”                                   I stared at her blankly – she said she would have a think about it and ping me some ideas.  Sure enough, that evening she sent me a humungous list of things I could do to raise the money. Super fun things like running children’s parties, karaoke nights, discos, baking parties, photo shoots…the list goes on.


In 2 and a half months, I am leaving for Uganda.

I am embarrassed to say I haven’t done a single one of those things.


Time simply hasn’t allowed for it! However, God in His goodness has provided me with different opportunities to raise money. One friend suggested that I could raise money by running the amount of miles it was between here and Uganda (all 6000 of them!) but instead, I’ve done a lot of ‘sitting’. I’ve dog-sat, I’ve house-sat, I’ve baby-sat. No, that’s not quite as adventurous as running huge distances or hosting big parties but I’ve had fun and it’s worked perfectly with my busy work schedule!


Also, as I write this, I am surrounded by stacks of cards, envelopes and cellophane wallets. I like photography and after finding a load of old photos I had taken, I decided to get them printed as greeting and Christmas cards. I have been selling them but still have lots left to sell, which will hopefully help with raising funds! P.S. If you fancy buying any cards, check out the ‘How can you help?’ tab on my page for more details!


As well as all this though, I am so thankful for God’s provision through the generous donations from friends, family and my Church. I have been so touched by how people have supported and continue to show their support for my trip. I’ve still got funds to raise (yesterday I was shocked to hear how much I will have to spend to stop myself getting malaria) but I have got to keep doing what I can and trust that God has got a hold of the situation.


Thanks for reading, I’ll write again soon.


Love from Laura x


IMG_6571Archie the dog keeping me company whilst I wrap cards ready to sell. That dog on those cards looks familiar…

Welcome to Laura’s Letters!


Saturday 25 August 2018


Dear Reader,


Helloooo! It’s Laura here and in January 2019- God willing – I will be sent out by ‘Crosslinks’ and ChristChurch Harpenden to Kampala, Uganda to serve in a Church and alongside students at the ‘Ugandan Martyrs Seminary.’

On this website, I will be posting updates about my trip and the work I am doing, photographs and the ways you can support me!


Thanks so much and God bless,

Laura xxx


“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 28:19