Saturday, July 8, 2017

Endurance

...being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience...Colossians 1:11

Team of the Day: Heartweavers
Country of the Day: Thailand

Please pray for team members to have great spiritual, emotional, and physical endurance as they continue to minister to the lost.

Our Family

Our team has the privilege to work alongside some radically committed long-term workers, both locally and from the States. They have taken us by the hand and ran, throwing us into the harvest literally and spiritually. As time goes on, we feel more a part of the family. Small conversations become secret handshakes and prayer requests. We share food, the basketball court, and the burdens that weigh us down. 

In 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Paul reminds the church at Thessalonica to "encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." Our team is here to do just that: helping to encourage, equip, and strengthen the local believers. Even when we lack faith, the Lord is faithful to work in mighty ways, as we have already witnessed.

-Farm Community Interns

God at work in Bulawayo

Thursday we went back to the vegetable market to pray with people and do a Bible study. We prayed with people, and it was encouraging to see that they were willing to pray with us. During the Bible study, they were encouraged to share their faith with others. After the Bible study, we saw one of the women sharing her faith with another woman. It was such a blessing to see how God is working in people's lives and leading them to follow Him.

Pray that the people in the vegetable market will hear the truth about God and that the believers will share their faith will those who are around in Him.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Conviction

When He comes, He will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness...John 16:8

Team of the Day: Tip of the Spear
Country of the Day: Southeast Asia

Please pray for the conviction of sin in the lost and a turning to the Truth amongst those with whom the teams are sharing.

Do not worship idols

"Do not worship idols!" This is what we often hear from one of the old ladies here in our area. She claimed to believe in Jesus but she also prays to Mary. She's blinded by the enemy and the tradition. Include her in your prayers that the Lord would open her eyes to the truth. Pray for the strongholds and bondages to be broken. 

Then the eyes of those who see will no longer be closed, and the ears of those who hear will listen.  -Isaiah 32:3


-Evelyn

Upward Sports Camp!

First week of Upward Sports Camp is almost in the wraps! Kids are having a blast and so are we.

Pray for connections with families who are open to follow up.

Sometimes Flies Won't Stick (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago, I was late for our taxi van ride. I apparently didn't get the memo that I shouldn't have gotten that 3rd bowl of rice for lunch, and I was holding everyone up.  I saw each person's face in the car as I ran down the little farm road toward the taxi. When I got in, I saw two nationals already sitting there, and I sat next to them. They knew a little English so we got to know them and they agreed to come to dinner with us in the city!

Passing dishes and smiles, we swapped stories for an hour or so. A friend that works on the farm with us speaks the language fluently, so we decided we would share a Bible story with our new friends and she could translate. We decided on the story of David and Goliath, and we watched as it was translated, their eyes widened with every sentence. Their necks craned to be sure to hear each word.

During the story, the rest of us prayed. We had two girls with us who had been to the region before and were visiting for a while, and as we prayed, one realized that they recognized one of them! She had shared the Gospel with him a year earlier, and now both were hearing it! We hoped maybe this time it would stick. Neither of them made decisions for Christ, but we prayed when the story was over, swapped contacts, and we parted ways encouraged!

The night ended as our team danced with hundreds of nationals by the city lake. The moves took a while to master, but with time we got them down. With time, it finally stuck.

Pray for the seeds that have been planted with these who shared our taxi. Pray that they will continue to be watered & a harvest will come.

-Farm Community Interns

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spiritual Strength

I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being... Ephesians 3:16

Team of the Day: P52 Toronto
Country of the Day: Canada

Pray for team members to deny their own striving and understanding and instead to rely completely on the strength of the Holy Spirit as they share the Gospel.

The beauty of God's creation

Our team had the honor of going to see the Falls today. It was so beautiful. I have no words to describe how beautiful they truly are. The Falls absolutely left me in awe. It reminded me of the wonder and greatness of God. It also reminded me of the great need that we have to share this great God with others. Things like this should help us to see that there is a God who created all things, but not everyone has this perspective. Therefore we should help point people to God and help them to see that He has created all the beauty they see. These things should lead us to constantly be in awe of God and how amazing He is. While at the Falls, we met people who were doing mission work nearby; they were talking about starting a church, and many coming to the Lord. It was encouraging to hear that God is at work in many different areas around here.

Please pray that God will continue to help us be in awe of Him and that we will continue to share His greatness with others. 
Pray that His work will continue in this area.

Chicago: Answered Prayers

The research we've been able to accomplish for our supervisor these past few weeks has been fantastic. We're giving them a better understanding of the evangelical work and international groups in the city, and this information will be used my missionaries and church planters for years to come. Knowing that has been incredibly inspiring and encouraging, but Becky and I have both felt God calling us to something more.

Both of us are very social people, so one of our goals for the summer was to meet internationals in our area and build relationships through which we could share the gospel. Between Ramadan, us being females, and the stand-offish culture in Chicago, it's been incredibly difficult to meet people and start conversations. We'd been praying and praying for God to put the right people in our path to help us create relationships, and our prayers were definitely answered this week!

A few weeks ago, we had to interview an evangelical worker that has been working for years with refugees and internationals from the 10/40 Window. We had mentioned to him that we were struggling to make connections in the area, and I thought he'd forgotten about it. Then, he randomly texted me the other day asking us to stop by his storefront. We went, and he spent the next 2 hours introducing us to different families that needed help with their English...we're now helping four women and their children with English several times a week!

We are so thankful that God led us to this evangelical worker who got us connected in the community, and we're faithfully praying we can effectively share the gospel with these women (even though the language barrier seems impossible sometimes). Right now, we're rejoicing that the Lord heard our prayers and led us to these women who so desperately need someone in their lives that can tell them about Jesus.

Please pray for the following:
  • our English teaching skills (we've never done this before)
  • that these women would see something different in us because Christ's love is being shown through us and our ministry
  • the Holy Spirit would soften their hearts to be open to the gospel
  • Becky and I would find a way to share the gospel with them in a way that was accurate but also able to be understood by these women
  • these women have heart-breaking stories, so please pray for their comfort and lives here as they start over in America

Broken Heart

Yesterday was our day-off and I usually don't have much to journal about on those days, since we aren't doing any ministry, but the Lord spoke volumes to me yesterday and I rejoice in it! I cried buckets of tears yesterday when we got back to the home because of how much pain I was feeling for the children who are still out there being abused, neglected, uncared for, and unloved by anyone here on earth. The fact that a lot of them will die not knowing any joy because they have never heard the Gospel hit me like a freight train yesterday afternoon. I rejoice in my ability to weep with Jesus-- like wow! How amazing it is that I am able to have such a deep and close relationship with the Lord that I feel what He feels and see the same brokenness that He sees. 

Although, I rejoice I also have a heavy burden on my for the unreached. Eternity is forever, it neither has an end nor beginning. To think about children-- people existing in ETERNAL HELL is absolutely heart wrenching and unfathomable. The responsibility is so real and it is my duty as a citizen of the Kingdom of God to share the Gospel and make disciple-makers in hopes of reaching the ends of the earth. Until all has heard, we must not stop trying. We can't-- I can't do it on my own though, we must-- I must rely on the Lord for my strength, durability, motivation, patience, understanding, and wisdom to share with and invest in people who do not know.

My mission here has become so clear. Though I never once questioned our purpose here, the Lord has revealed an additional task that wasn't so apparent to me in the beginning. We are to help mobilize these children. They know the Gospel, but now they need to take it places. I am beginning to understand what it means to be a blessing, God has shown me that our investment in these children will be missions focused.

PRAYER REQUESTS:

  • Please continue to pray my devotionals with the older boys. Please pray that our language barrier isn't such a barrier and that the Holy Spirit will fill our conversations and lead us to opening of hearts.
  • Please pray for the team, Alex, Roxy, and I. This is the mid-way point, so please pray that we are able to be present and not distracted with how long we have been here or how long we still have to go. 
PRAISES: 

  • Praise the Lord for clarification in our mission!
  • Praise the Lord for the boys wanting and asking for devotionals every night!
  • Praise the Lord for the spiritual conversations we are free to have with our students we are tutoring!
-Emily

A Prayer for Korea

Dear God, please reunify Korea. What I saw today at the DMZ and the hope of the south for reunification makes me want to see one Korean nation, under You. Bring families and friends back together. Restore hope to a very broken northern half. Bring down justice on the ones who are causing unknown scores of people to suffer. Let there be no more pain and ignorance over this issue with these people. Raise people up to fight, people who will stop at nothing to see one Korean land once again. Soften the hearts of the South Koreans to welcome their brothers and sisters back. Help them to see them as You see them. Most of all, please bring salvation to the people of the north. They are dying without the hope found only in You. "How, then, can they call on the One they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the One of whom they have not heard?" In Jesus' name, amen

-Jadyn

Do You Need Rain for Your Roots?

As I sit here in this house, in a foreign country, very far away from home I am reminded just how faithful God is. The rain is dripping and my whole team is occupied. Yet in the drips of the rain there is peace. As I think of how there is green grass and trees in this sub Saharan country, that I have deemed an oven. I’m reminded that roots must be strong and that roots bring peace. These peaceful roots are found in Psalm 1. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Gods blessing is a beautiful and peaceful thing. Relaxing in his will provides calmness and security even in the darkest of places. As the darkness has set in for the night and the rain continues. The roots are growing. 


Psalms describes this man saying  "He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” As I think back I have realized that to have growing roots, I needed the rain. In this case, the rain is God’s word. If I did not have this passage or the many others written on my heart. I firmly believe that I could not be calm here. I know that his word stands true because in my heart my peace has not been blown away. As the winds continue to come I ask for your prayers. The Psalmist continues “Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;  for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” As we continue to feel the winds that drive the rain I know where my roots are planted and on whose rain water they are growing. As peace stands and the Lord sustains. Ask yourself, Do you need rain for your roots?


-Harley

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

God is Love

We spent the week in a little town about 2 hours away from the city we are based in. We went into the markets and villages praying for the Lord to open doors so we could build bridges to the gospel. He opened doors, we shared and the people listened until they had to go pray. 

One of the five pillars of Islam is prayer. They pray five times a day to earn favor with allah so they might be granted passage into heaven. They pray out of fear of damnation. They fast out of fear. They give to the poor out of fear. They have no assurance of salvation and they are doing everything they can so that they might earn the ability to get into heaven. They serve their god out of fear, as followers of Jesus we serve God out of love because of His love. 1 John 4:18-19, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us."  

Without fear,
Meredith

Please pray:
•for the fear in the people of West Africa to be cast out by perfect love.
•for our team to love each other, the full time workers, and the nationals as we enter into the second half of our summer.
•for our team to fearlessly pursue our purpose of sharing the gospel.

Renewed Focus

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace. Acts 20:24

Team of the Day: Urban Muslim Outreach
Country of the Day: South Africa

Please pray for team members to have a renewed focus, a renewed steadfastness to the calling to share the Gospel. Pray for distractions to be recognized and overcome through the power of the Holy Spirit.

God continues to move

Team with national partners
We are halfway through the summer and have seen God do some incredible things. Just this week, two people accepted Jesus as their Savior. Our team has continued many different Bible studies. 

Pray for our team as we continue to meet new people. 

This week we went to the high school in our area and shared the gospel with hundreds of students and teachers. 

Also, pray for continued endurance as we face the second half of the summer.


-Cody H.

A Universal Team

Hello all, we are at the half way point of our summer here in Southeast Asia. The Lord was at work again last week. God used us to spread His gospel of grace to Uber drivers, small business owners, a factory worker, a motorcycle taxi driver, a head of security, as well as the unemployed. Although to this point no one has to our knowledge come to faith in Jesus Christ we know that when God's word is proclaimed it does not return void. This energizes us and keeps us motivated to keep speaking the truth of the Gospel to people that we come into contact with in our city this summer. It is an honor just to be a part of God's team and to have His name on the back of our Jersey (so to speak). 

I mainly want to share how cool it has been to see how God has orchestrated His team to work together to accomplish the same mission. So this summer Michael, James, and I are located in an urban area where there is little Gospel presence and few who speak our language. However, in the months leading up to our decisions and preparation for this summer, God has been at work stirring and preparing the hearts of many student age believers in our city. 

A few days after arriving in our city in June we went to an English speaking church that is primarily comprised of college students who speak both the local language and English. So very early on through attending this church we met and became friends with people our age who were familiar with the area and language that we weren't familiar with. The awesome thing is that our friends love and serve the same God that we do. God has been doing a mighty work in this local body of believers and in recent months, weeks, and days more and more students have become more and more burdened for the lost in their community. Almost every day at least one local believer has volunteered to come out and partner with us in sharing the Good News of Jesus. Had God not been preparing the hearts of these students and had He not led us to a very mission minded church the first week we were here, I'm not sure how we would have had all of these Gospel conversations. 

God does the work, He provides partners and translators, He provides everything. All we have to do is say "here I am, send me". Now with this in mind we as a team also know that God opens the heart of the lost man and God opens his ear and the Lord puts a song of Praise in his mouth. It is not our job to get the lost to sing praises to God. We are aware of the Grace and mercy God has revealed to us through Christ and that inspires us to share what we have been shown. We hope and desire to tell of His praises with whoever and wherever and we pray that God allows many to hear and respond.
Psalm 40:2-3 says "He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord."

  • Pray that the Lord would continue to provide partners to share and translate the Gospel alongside of James, Michael, and I. 
  • Pray that this week The Spirit of God would move and work and that a soul would see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. 
-Urban Catalyst Team

Comfort in Thoughts of Home

We sent Timothy, who is our brother and God's fellow worker in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith...1 Thessalonians 3:2

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints. Philemon 7

Team of the Day: Zambia Sports
Country of the Day: Zambia

Team members may be struggling with homesickness and desires for the comforts of home. Please pray they would be encouraged and refreshed to persevere as they begin the second half of their ministry time.

Sometimes Flies Won't Stick

Fly paper is a wonderful invention, especially on a farm. Set down one, two, three, and BOOM!... problems go away. Or so it should be. The reality of the situation is that sometimes, flies just won't stick. Welcome to our world for the summer, minus the flies.

We've almost been a month here in Southeast Asia, and our team has been hard at work! Some days we are trenching or scooping manure or picking weeds or milking cows till the dinner bell rings. On others we are trying our hardest to communicate with those around us. We study language for 1.5 hours a day, but some things just don't stick. So many words, so many faces. Every one holds weight, and every person carries a story worth listening to. If one wasn't careful, they could drown in frustration working overseas. Thanks be to God that He triumphs over fear, bridges language barriers, and provides strength for the fatigued. It has been an incredible encouragement to see how our meager plans can change in an instant to show us God's greater one. 

-Farm Community Interns

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Super encouraging week!

This past week has been extremely encouraging for our team! 
  • Abbie and I spent Monday visiting students for Eid, and we had several other outside-of-class visiting opportunities this week, too! 
  • On Tuesday, we went shopping with a student. 
  • On Wednesday, we visited a woman whose family we had broken fast with earlier in the summer (winter here!), and we were even able to give her a New Testament in her language! She had to read most of the Old Testament for her English Literature degree, and she was open to "finishing the story". We've made plans to spend time with her again, and we pray this will blossom into a sweet friendship and open the door to more spiritual conversations. 
  • On Thursday, we spent a few hours visiting a sweet woman who used to come to class but hasn't been in a while. She even invited us back for lunch on Tuesday! The guys were able to eat lunch with several of their students and seem to be growing friendships with them that prayerfully will lead to sharing opportunities. They were also able to join one of our supervisors and spend time talking with a few students and their friend on Thursday. 
  • Abbie and I warming up with some
    coffee after an early morning safari drive!
  • Friday and Saturday we spent some time at a national park a few hours away taking in God's breathtaking creation and praising His creativity in making such unique animals! Today we were able to worship with the church we've been attending and had lunch with a family from the church. Our English classes are going well, and we love planning lessons, watching our students grow in their ability to use the English language, and having sweet conversations before and after class with our students. God is definitely at work in us and in this community!

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray that our visits with students this week would lead to spiritual conversations and that the Holy Spirit would go before us to prepare people to hear and accept the wonderful gospel of grace that we proclaim. Pray also that language and cultural barriers would be overcome through the power of Christ.
  • Pray that more students would attend class and would come more consistently so they can develop their English.
  • Pray for a new female student we have who is around the same age as me and Abbie. Pray that a beautiful friendship will be able to form and that we will be able 'to speak truth into her life.
  • As Abbie and I have started praying with our students at the end of classes, pray that God would be faithful to answer these prayers and that our students would see these answered prayers as coming from our God.
  • Pray that Nic and Logan will be able to spend more time with students outside of class. Their students are oftentimes busy with jobs and other responsibilities, so opportunities for them to develop friendships after class have been harder to discover. Pray that they will be invited into their students' lives to a greater extent.
Thank you for faithfully interceding for our team and for our people groups!

With love,
Madeline

Chicago: 77 Neighborhoods, 1 City

Each neighborhood has its own demographics, its own strengths, its own character. At first glance, this division of the city gives each neighborhood a "small-town feel." As someone who likes order, my first reaction was one of delight that the city had different sections that were easily recognizable; each one has its own easily definable traits. Wicker Park is "hipsterville," while West Ridge, Rogers Park, and Albany Park are considered the "ethnic" neighborhoods, etc.
Take a deeper look, however, and you will find that these divisions bring to bear the rotten fruit of generalization, marginalization, and disunity. As gentrification slowly creeps into a neighborhood, it pushes the unwanted, impoverished, and overlooked of society out of those streets. Each neighborhood can also have poor connotations, too. The South Side is to be avoided. West Garfield Park has the most homicides per capita in Chicago.

And yet, West Garfield Park is where Sydney and I found ourselves (quite by accident) Saturday. As we stepped out of the train station, my mind immediately began to fill with words like "danger," "violence," "unsafe," "gangs," "run," and "don't make eye contact." Still, as my heart began to slow down from its throbbing pace as we waited for what seemed like hours for the bus, our Lord brought the words of 1 John 4:18-21 to my mind:
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
My heart flooded with conviction. Yes, there is a place for healthy situational awareness, but these people were fellow image-bearers, just as broken as me, of whom I had let statistics and the media influence my perception of without ever taking the time to look them in the eye, smile, or say "hello." I watched these same people go about their day: greeting each other, walking in and out of shops... as people. Actual human beings. Novel thought, right? I watched these same people kindly help each other on the bus when a woman struggled to fold out one of the seats---these are the same people the world usually tries to forget about on a day-to-day basis. My gut reaction was the adoption of an un-Christlike attitude of superiority, with no thought of tying on the apron of a servant around myself or seeing their need for the Gospel. Yet Jesus died for them out of perfect love, and how dare I not be willing to do the same?

Do you believe in territorial spirits? I do. I believe that there are dark beings at work, seeking to put up walls between each of the 77 neighborhoods here in Chicago to keep those within them trapped in whatever identity has been forced upon them. I believe these spirits are seeking to control the spiritual fervor of church-planting and disciple-making movements that are taking place within the confines of an invisible geographic and demographic barrier.

Please pray alongside me and other evangelical workers in the city these next few weeks, as a summer-long Prayercast takes place over the city of Chicago (http://prayercast.com/chicago77.html
Please pray for each neighborhood individually, that our Victorius Defender would bind the forces that seek to divide this beautifully diverse city.

Wishing you well from the Windy City (which is a very accurate description),
Becky

More Joy in Heaven

The Lord is working in northern Thailand!

Our English classes (which are held at massage parlors downtown) are in full swing. My teammate Kenzie and I have been teaching a group of ladies since our first full week here, and we have been thrilled to see them improve their English and also hear God's Word - some of them for the first time.

We use a story Bible (one is read in English, and one of our students will read it in Thai), and the women enjoy the illustrations that go with each story.

This past week we taught on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. We explained that all of Christ's life and ministry was leading up to this moment, when He would take on the punishment we deserved so that we could be restored in relationship with Him. We shared how His resurrection proved victory over sin and death.

After we share each story from Scripture, we ask some questions:
"Do you understand?"
"What do you think about this story?"
"Have you heard this before?"

One of our students, Su, responded: "I have never heard this before. I had heard of Jesus, but I didn't know why He had to die. I didn't know He rose from the dead and that He is still living."

After we explained a little more about what it means to be in relationship with Christ, Su said that she wanted to follow Jesus! We look forward to sharing more about God's Word with her in the weeks to come.

Here are things you can be praying for:
  • Pray for our English classes: pray that our students will receive the words of the Bible as truth and that they would respond in faith
  • Continue to pray for opportunities to talk with people open to hearing the Gospel message (my team is really thankful that we have seen this prayer answered every week!) - also pray for focus and limited distractions while we are sharing
  • Pray for our friends who have heard the gospel and want to know more. Pray that we will continue to proclaim the gospel and that the Lord would soften their hearts to receive the truth
-Mallory

Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7

Youth Conference

We recently returned from the annual Baptist Youth Conference. Churches from around Solwezi and those from the bush (small villages outside the city) joined together for lots of singing, dancing, preaching, drumming, more singing, and then an extra dose of dancing. Everything was in Kikaonde so I did not understand much of anything. However, they were still very hospitable to my being there. I danced a lot with them, trading move after move to the beat of the drum.
I learned how to make nshima, the Zambian staple food. I ate something that looked like chopped cabbage until I saw 100 eyes staring back up at me. I went exploring into the unknown outside the camping grounds. I helped redirect a wild fire that was heading towards the conference.
At 5:30 one morning, I was awoken by the sound of many loud prayers. I rose and traced the sound to its source. I could only see small patches of light where Zambians sat around their fires. But the sound was not coming from the light. It was coming from the darkness...and it was growing louder. I began to realize I was not in a safe place when I clearly made out the words "Demon!! Out!! In the name of Jesus Christ Jehovah!! Demon!! Out!!" I quickly moved from the darkness in which I was standing towards the nearest light. The men sitting around the fire looked calm and gave no attention to the noise. I asked the men what was happening and they responded, "Just a men's devotional." That was a culture shock moment. Just a devotional? It was hard to believe.

Finding Persons of Peace

This week we traveled an hour and half to T village.  It is the farthest village we have traveled to this summer.  Not only was it far, it was also the first village we have been to that we had no knowledge of before going into the week.  Our supervisor asked us to test the receptivity of the Gospel and find places for future teams to stay during their visit in the village.  Faced with the new set of challenges, we continually prayed that the Lord would lead us to persons of peace in T village because we knew without Him it would be nearly impossible to find the right people in such a short time.  A person of peace is a nonbeliever that possesses a desire to either learn more about the Bible or recognizes that they are sinners and seems to be searching for something more.

On Tuesday the Lord lead us to a man named H, and he became our guide for the week. Right from the beginning, we knew there was something special about H.  We were not surprised the Lord had answered our prayer, but we just simply marveled at His power to control every one of our encounters.  After the first day with H, we prayed earnestly that the Lord prepare his heart for the Good News and let the few spiritual hints we had dropped begin to seep into his soul and convict his heart through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The next day, we were taking a break from hiking and were stopping at his house to eat and drink coconuts.  During the break, we were looking for any opportunity to begin a Gospel conversation, and the Lord gave us the opening we were praying for that whole week.  We shared the Good News with H, and he was very receptive.  This was the first time he had ever heard of the Gospel, and after he had asked several question, he finished by telling us he loved the story we had shared with him.

It still blows my mind that there are grown people in this world, like H, that have literally never heard of the Gospel before in their whole lives.  My team and I can only praise the Lord for allowing us to grow up in a place where we heard the Good News at such a young age.  We are praying the power of the Gospel begin to weigh on H’s heart. Please join us in praying for H.


-Aaron G.