Stories from first outreach:
Kids were a bit nervous but they went out obediently and did great. First house, we greeted a woman and her children, but the husband came and said he was already a Christian and their house was already blessed so they didn’t want prayer. Oh, well. Undaunted the kids continued.
We stopped to pray over the area and new buildings being built. We prayed for God to invade these new homes with his presence. Saw a group of young men sitting on the railroad tracks. Greeted them and introduced ourselves. They were very welcoming. They also introduced themselves to us. One of them was named James. We had been given the name “James” from someone back home. When he said his name, I felt the Lord say that this was the one we were looking for. He was rather loud and boastful, when we prayed the Holy Spirit came on him. He raised his head, humbled and convicted. Another word of knowledge was given to another young man, that he had a younger sister who needed healing. All of the young men gasped, saying, “it’s true!” We asked what was the matter with her and he said she couldn’t see well. We prayed for her sight to be restored. And, yet another word was given for another young man that he desired to be a teacher. Again, we were able to pray that God would resource him to fulfill this dream.
From a barber shop to an outdoor car wash and brick making business, we were welcomed and people received prayer and blessing. At another woman’s small shop, she invited us to sit with her and shared her own stories of God’s miracle work in her daughter’s life who couldn’t speak until God intervened when she was 6 years old. We prayed a blessing and watched as suddenly ten customers arrived in the span of fifteen minutes. Not a usual occurrence at these small roadside stands.
A second group also started out into a different area of the compound. Walking down the road we passed a small homestead where a water well was in process of being drilled. During prayer before leaving we had gotten a sense to head toward that well. Once there, we noticed that this was indeed the 3rd attempt at finding water there. Sibanji, our outreach coordinator, also shared a vision he had in prayer about a dry well. With those 2 confirmations, we struck out into the small homestead to see what God was up to.
We first met a woman sitting under a Mango tree. After greeting her and telling her who we were, she confided that she was feeling very ill and had been praying for God to send help. Well… help arrived, a prayer of healing and she began to brighten her countenance and said she felt much better. She then pointed to her daughter on the porch a distance away. She get fits all the time was the complaint registered by the mother about the daughter. We called the daughter over and sure enough as Sheffiness (one of our students) began to pray the fits started. Our students backed away just a bit unsure about this “deliverance” opportunity…. We encouraged them, they stuck with it and kept praying for the Holy Spirit to do His work. Soon the daughter quieted and slow tears of relief and freedom began rolling down her face. By the time we were ready to leave she was smiling with joy. Immediately after, Grandmother came up to great us. Doubled over and in great pain in her legs she was having great difficulty just moving around. We asked to pray for her and prayed strength for her legs. She smiled and stood up. Straight up beaming with joy! The Father arrived soon giving his feelings of gratitude. He also told us the well drilling in progress was the third and final attempt at striking water. If they failed to reach water the drilling company was stopping and he losses a lot of money. We stood with him in faith and declared water to rise from the well!
Continuing on, we took a path Ngosa (our student) sensed we should go down. We met 2 ladies with small children. They told us one of the children at home was very sick and they had come from the clinic failing to get medicine. Ngosa prayed on faith for healing for the child. Continuing through the most impoverished area of the compound we encountered a small child lying face down in the dirt crying. Remembering their devotion of a few days earlier on the power of compassion, Ngosa walks over and picks the young girl up cleaning her off. Mary (our student) says to Sheffiness watch this… God will touch her and walks over to the child gently touching her forehead and the child immediately stops crying! After a few moments of light hearted prayer the child goes on her way with a skip in her step!
In our debrief session upon returning to the school the excitement on the students faces was uncontainable. God had proved faithful to them and had used them! They were ready to go back out and do it again. Just a few of their comments:
Daniel: At first I was very afraid but found boldness.
Philemon: Next time I’m going to be the one!
Rudo: We should believe more in what God can do.
Mary: I thought I needed to know all these scripture verses to go on outreach I now know I just need to go out and show God’s love and see what God does.
Awesome stuff from a group of incredible students… can’t wait to see what happens next Friday on outreach. Wait!.... your saying what happened at the well??? Seems they hit another dry hole… but God can make a way where there seems to be no way. We are still believing! Remembering that last year some of the most crazy God stories took some time to unfold.