Tuesday began with a tender worship time with tears of healing. These kids come from such hard lives. They are victims and today praying for each other they began to share the deepest part of their lives and shed tears of heartache. It was a tender moment but also one of great emotion. I wondered if all we were doing was stirring up hurt and emotion.
Well the tears of hurt tuned to joy in the morning! The next day, we pulled up to school and were met with kids laughing and playful. Their spirits so much lighter. Worship turned into a dance party! Then prayer turned into ministry as the kids began to share dreams and visions praying for each other in very specific ways. Literally breaking off bondages. Mitise looks strait at Fielder (perhaps our most reserved quiet teen). I see a spirit of rejection on you she says. I tell Mitise to go pray it away from Fielder. She does and Fielder literally begins beaming. Her face so much brighter and has been ever since! Just as I think we are done Rose says I saw a vision where I was praying for Jonathan (our student in the hospital) we need to pray for Jonathan and I need to do it with 2 people holding my hands in agreement. We do it and afterwards Mitise says during prayer she saw Jonathan with a ring of fire around his back. What I didn’t tell the kids was that Jonathan was healing from his other medical issues but had a cracked spine requiring back surgery that he has no possibility to receive! We all believe he is healed and are attempting to contact him to verify it. Man these kids are amazing.
Now, on to Friday. It was our outreach day. The first time we headed into the compound to bring the love and power of the Gospel. The kids were not sure about it. There was apprehension and more than a bit of trepidation. They simply weren’t sure they could do this. Well they learned they could! Or more correctly the Lord could and even more importantly the Lord “wanted” to use them to bring His love and power. Prior to leaving I shared with them to just walk the compound with an open spirit and let the Lord reveal who he wanted them to minister to. That is exactly what happened. Just a few stories.
We are walking down an impoverished compound alley when two men call out to us. Typical heckling to “stop and visit them”. I sent Misheck, Martin and Kelvin to do just that. The result: one of the men a drunkard, drunk at the time, sobers up, accepts Christ, and throws away his beer. The other man watching this intently comes over and accepts Christ as well. A woman from a distance comes over seeing what is happening tells a story of despair and the 3 pray for her as her spirits lift.
Nsofwa, Rose and Fielder are walking and see an old woman drawing water from a well. They stop and help her draw water ( isn’t that in the Bible somewhere …. J ). Through a simple conversation they are invited into her house. She shares a story of desperation and tells them she was preparing to go get drunk and commit suicide. They pray for her, lift the spirit of suicide, the lady breaks down into tears of grief and heartfelt healing. The 3 leave as the woman is beaming with joy!
Rose and Fielder are walking when a ball rolls into their path. They stop to encourage 3 young kids. The grandmother walks up with a very painful and shriveled hand. They pray for the hand. “Nothing happens” but they encourage her and move on. We all believe we will hear a report of the hand miraculously healing… we felt it in prayer afterwards. Stay tuned on that one!
By the time we returned to the school the kids were ecstatic! Here are just a few comments from them about our 1st outreach!
This is so awesome we want to do this the whole day. Rose and Kelvin
At first I thought oh my how is this going to go? Afterwards I feel like something has been activated in me…. like I have done something that is worth living for. Nsofwa
It’s like I have taken a very big step in my life. I feel so different. Betty
I asked God to show me a person and He did. I felt like I was living my dream. I feel like doing this up to 24 hours. Rose
Oh how I wish you could actually see and feel their excitement. Self worth literally bringing them to life! Their life situations are some of the worst I’ve heard. Kelvin lives in the back of a bar with a cousin. Nsofwa lives in a small house with her aunt and uncle and 15 other kids. She has been separated from her 5 other siblings for the past 5 years. Betty and Rose live with an aunt and uncle who have made them literal slaves in the homes.
All of them have experienced abuse of some sort. Many, the worst kind of abuse. None of them have stable homes or receive food at any regular intervals. For many, the lunch we give them IS their food for the day. Rejection and fear is all they have known. Here orphans are told they are nothing. But today God showed them otherwise! They emerged as royalty in their minds, they experienced that the Lord could AND would use them. They experienced the fact they had value! This blog doesn’t do justice to what happened today I just don’t have the communication skills to adequately convey it. But, I can tell you this…. I am ready to run through a wall for these kids!!!
Cyrus, our Director, I think put it best when he said; orphans are always told they can’t amount to anything and they have no worth. They believe it. It was so exciting to day for them to realize they have worth and can contribute to society. This day will change them deeply.
Thanks for participating in this journey with us. These kids are transforming before our eyes. Watching the Lord use the lowly and outcastes to bring joy and power is such an honor and privilege. Bless you all.