Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Following God's Lead

We are learning as a team to trust the Lord and follow His lead while we are here in Bulawayo. We are learning to "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" as 1 Peter 3:15 tell us to do. There have been times that we have been asked to share a Bible study when we hadn't had anything planned. Those times are teaching us to be always be prepared even when we don't think we should. People always need the truth. God is also teaching us that things might not work out as we think, but things always go according to God's plan.  

There have been times when things haven't gone according to plan, but we have seen God work in those times.Even when we don't understand, we can still trust and obey and know that God will work it all out. We have been reading through the book of Acts, and the early church is helping us to see that we can obey the Lord's leading even when it doesn't make sense. In the end, there is a purpose for it. I am learning that God will work all things out even when they don't make sense or work like we think they should. 
  • Please pray that our team will trust God and will be obedient even when things don't work out like we think they should. 
  • Pray that God would work out all the details here and help us to trust Him more. 
-Heather 


Peace Only

Salaam Alaikum from West Africa!

If there is one thing I have learned about the culture here it is that the people love peace. While learning language, we have been told if we don't know what to say, say "Jamm Rekk," or "Peace Only." Seriously. That is the answer to literally everything. How is work? Peace only. How did you sleep? Jamm Rekk.

So much talk of peace has been a shocking reminder to me that we can talk about peace all day, but cannot know true peace without God. Here I am, in a country full of people who don't know Jesus but want peace. And what do they say when you try and tell them about the one and only peace? Jamm Rekk.

It is a paradox that has frustrated our team beyond explanation, but also reminds us of why we are here. We have the answer to their search for peace. God never said "convince." He said "go" and "tell." So that is what we do.

Prayer-
Please pray that the Muslims of West Africa will come to know Jesus and the peace that only He can bring. 
Pray that our team will find joy in the obedience of telling, and not grow weary when people reject truth.

I have said these things to you so that I'm me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart: I have overcome the world. -John 16:33
                                                                                     
Jamm Rekk,
Chloe

Disillusioned

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. John 16:13

Team of the Day: Spice Island
Country of the Day: Southeast Asia

Pray for the lost to be disillusioned with their gods. Pray for team members to clearly and boldly share the Truth of the Gospel with the lost. Pray for the lost to be set free by God's truth.

Strongholds

This has been a busy week for us, full of joy and frustrations. We have had the opportunity to share the full truth, with a response time, with about 11 people this week. Though many of those we were led to were open and even said that these things could be or are true, they fall back into Islam saying they still follow it. We are joyful that we are seeing an increase of openness to truth, but frustration comes when people fall back into their Islamic "safety net." 

One instance of the Father leading us to the open is when we met Pak S. We were prayer walking in our neighborhood when we came across him at a mosque. He was happy to talk to us and eagerly invited us to the steps of the mosque. We didn't share the truth with him there but I had the opportunity to meet with him again. The next time I saw him I was able to share the full truth with Pak S, and he believed it to be true, but that it was not the only way. He believed his bridge prayers were sufficient for his salvation, even though he is not sure of his salvation. He wants to hear more, so we are trusting the Father to work in his heart.

We believe there is power in the name of Jesus to break down the strongholds we are seeing here. The enemy is trying its best to drag these people into the pits, but with fervent prayer in the name of Jesus these people can break free of their chains.

  • Pray that the spirit continues to lead us daily
  • Pray that strongholds created by Islam will be demolished
  • Pray that mosques here will become isolated buildings of the past
  • Pray that God will create an awakening to the truth of Jesus here in SE Asia

- Michael


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Not contained in a figure

"The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything...'in him we life and move and have our being'...we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man..." Acts 17:22-34.
Even though seeing the different temples and such is an amazing experience, it is important to remember that the one true God needs nothing from us because he is all-powerful, nor can he be contained in figures. His power and love is shown through his Son Jesus Christ. 

-Katie

Riverboat Supervisor Update

See a current update from the Riverboat Evangelism teams field supervisor. Pictures too!!

There is great power in the name of Jesus!

From the very start of this wonderful trip, my team and I have experienced the inconceivable power of the Lord unlike we ever have before. Not only has God been hearing our prayers, but He has never failed to answer our prayers as long as we have been on this beautiful island. God is so faithful to us even though we are so incredibly undeserving of the countless blessings that he has granted us.
            
This past Monday my team and I went to L Village. We chose to stay in this particular village so that we could share the Word with a man named D. This young man has been a Muslim since birth. However, for the past year he has been extremely receptive to the Gospel. He consistently asks about Jesus and seeks to learn what the Bible says about Him.
            
Wednesday morning Aaron and Johann decided to go for a hike up the mountain with D. I was unable to go on the hike due to an injury the prior day. The whole time my team was gone, I was praying expectantly that the Lord would grant my team an opportunity to share the Word of God with D. Upon the team’s arrival back to L village they were excited to tell me about how the Lord had presented them with an opportunity to share the Gospel. The Word of God had pierced through D’s heart and he was eager to learn more about the Bible.
            
Later that night, we heard a little girl crying out in pain from inside her room. We asked D who she was and what was wrong. He told us that it was his younger sister and that she had gotten an ear infection that was causing her great pain. After hearing this, we then asked if we could pray in Jesus’ name over her for healing. She was hurting too bad to leave her room so we prayed right outside the door for her. During our time of prayer, we felt a supernatural presence come over us. The Holy Spirit was moving through us greater than it ever had before. D saw what we were doing for his younger sister and he was very grateful.
            
The next morning, we woke up for breakfast and asked D how his little sister was feeling because we know that an ear infection causes a lot of pain. D went on to tell us about how his sister was feeling “great!” Shortly after, we noticed the young girl playing with a group of her friends and we immediately realized what had happened. Even with modern medicine, which this village doesn’t have easy access to, it can take several days to get over the infection and to ease the pain of ear infections. Despite the lack of medicine this girl was healed just hours after our prayer. Some may consider this a simple coincidence but my team knows otherwise.

The Lord heard our prayer and sent the Holy Spirit to heal this young child. This amazing act of God is only a small example of how powerful He truly is. Our daily prayer is that God shows Himself to the people of this island like He did on that wonderful day. We ask that everyone would continue to pray for this mission because the Lord is answering our prayers in ways that we can’t even fathom. Praise God for His remarkable power!


-Caleb