Saturday, August 6, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Hello!! This is Ashley again...so excited to share all that’s happened with the Go Camp! What an exciting, stretching, humbling, encouraging and fun experience. Thank you for all of your prayers while we were away on outreach in Kajo Keji! The Lord met with us, used us, and blessed us! I believe the most significant way God used our team was by challenging the local church. None of us were really aware of how much we were being watched in the community. As we shared, prayed and served, the church was watching and people were talking. It wasn’t until our last day of ministry that a pastor of one of the local churches shared with our team about how God had been speaking to him personally as a pastor and challenging him and his church to do more. We pray for Pastor Justin and the other churches in Kajo Keji. May they take advantage of the opportunities to love and serve in their community, that they may be a light that brings people into relationship with Jesus.
It was amazing to see how God blossomed each of the students on outreach! In one way or another, every one stepped out in a new way, doing something they thought they never could or never would do. God really did prove that HE IS OUR STRENGTH in our weakness and that all things truly are possible through Him! God wants willing people and I really believe that it was because of the willingness amongst the team that God used and blessed us in our ministry as He did. Everyday when there was an opportunity to preach, teach, sing...several hands would raise and the students would say “pick me! I’ll do it!”...willing hearts.
HUT TO HUT
We walked through the villages of huts making up Kajo
Keji sitting with the people, learning their names, hearing their stories, encouraging them with the truth of the gospel and God’s Word and supporting them with prayer. Each time we would return to visit the families, we were met with more and more joy, love, and hope because of how Jesus had touched their hearts.
In the local prison, one of the students named Daniel preached on living in the light and living in the darkness. He spoke with so much love and passion, he cried as he prayed for the prisoners. After he was done, a crowd of men, feet shackled and broken came forward. One of the men fell to his knees as he silently prayed to his Jesus. Only the Lord knows our hearts but we can believe and pray for those men..their feet may be shackled within the walls of a prison but they are prisoners no more. They are free in Jesus. Amen.
While our team was in Kajo Keji, we met an elderly man named Joseph. We learned that God had recently healed him from an injury he suffered from many years earlier. The injury left him crippled and unable to even walk but, because of the Lord’s healing, Joseph could now walk again. It was still difficult and a struggle for him but he could walk. The family he was staying with decided he couldn’t stay with them anymore and that he needed to take care of himself. He was left with nowhere to live. Our team was excited to help build Joseph a home :) . We were able to make just under 2000 bricks for him and even though we needed to leave, the local church was challenged by our act of love and service to their neighbor and friend and promised to finish constructing Joseph’s new home.
We thank God for using us. All of the glory goes to God and we applaud Him for the work He has done. Many people’s lives were touched and changed by His love and we were honored to be a part of that.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you."
-John 15:7, NIV
It was not an easy trip for the members of DR Congo outreach team, but then again nothing worth giving up safety and comfort for ever really is. After a few months of training at the YWAM Arua base, Dorothy Bingi and her team of DTS students and staff embarked on a journey across the Democratic Republic of the Congo to reach God's people there.
The trip itself was quite perilous. The roads in Congo are tumultuous; sometimes it took the team several hours to travel only a few kilometers. They often found themselves in parasite infested waters trying to make a way for the vehicle to pass. At times, they were forced to sleep in the Congolese jungle with no tent to protect them from the rains, wild animals, venomous snakes, and armed government and militiamen. It would have been easy to say that it was too difficult and too dangerous. Most people wouldn't have tried at all, and those who did would have probably turned back. However, Bingi and her team knew that God had called them to reach his Congolese bride and that He would give them the strength they needed to fulfill his will.
"Generally, I would say because we persisted, even when things became harder and harder, we saw the hand of the Lord. If we had given up we would not have seen Him do anything." ~Dorothy Bingi
The team chose to remain in the presence of God and to trust in Him to renew their strength. No matter how difficult the night was or how challenging the journey had been, they were always filled with new joy and strength upon reaching each village that God had sent them to. God was always faithful to his word, and wherever the gospel was preached signs and wonders followed those who believed. The team saw God's hand perform many miracles throughout their time in the Congo.
There was a man who had been paralyzed for some time. He was unable to walk and at times he could barely speak. His body and his mind were both struggling to function as their Maker intended. The DTS team was told about this man, and they decided they needed to pray for him. After spending about twenty minute in prayer the man began to speak to the team. He confessed to them that he had wanted to become a skilled hunter, so he visited a local witchdoctor in hopes of receiving a potion or a ritual that would help him to develop this skill. Rather than being able to find food with ease after his visit, he was unable to hunt at all. Eventually he began to hear strange voices in addition to losing his ability to walk. The team new that God is a God of deliverance and that he brings freedom to the captives. So with faith in the word, the team began to pray and declare God’s truth over this man’s life. Within a matter of minutes he was completely healed. The next day the man followed the team for 6 kilometers, singing and dancing all the way; he was filled with joy for what God had done for him.
God moved in many miraculous ways and taught the members of the team many valuable lessons on this outreach.
Check back to read more about God’s miraculous works and the needs of the people in Congo in the coming posts!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
~An Aroma to God~
The 25 children smiled with glee as they sat in a circle and learned for the first time their very own "sign" name. It was the first day of the week-long King's Kids programme, and it was combined deaf and hearing children. The facilitators included sign language in every activity.
Some hearing children who had never even known a deaf child were now interacting and smiling with them. It seemed that each hearing child was on the edge of his/her chair readily trying to grasp this new language. During the worship times, the children were trying so hard to do the signs that some of them even forgot to sing. The mixture of deaf and hearing children brought some new dynamics in the King's Kids programme and challenged them all to learn to work together.
One of the leaders, Netty, was very impacted by this and said, “I have a disability myself, so it really encouraged me to see deaf children working with normal (hearing) children. I think it's a new thing in Africa and so you want it to change them. You want their perspectives to change; you want every one to feel valued and important like God sees them...”
On a typical day during the King's Kids programme, the children divided into groups and put together a daily verse from the Bible. Next they spent time in worship and then did a craft. After the craft, someone shared a short devotional from the Bible.
Finally there were “parachute games” with a very large and colorful parachute that illicited many squeals of laughter.
“Taste and see that the LORD is good” was the theme for the King's Kids. On the second day there was a craft to make a mask, which represented our need to repent before God.
After the craft was finished the children then somberly stepped outside and had a quiet time with God. Some of the children went under trees, others sat on the log bridge, but all were very quiet and fully focused on God. Netty commented on this day by saying, it “was good... It challenged me, and some of the things the children said about how it helped them... it encouraged me. Adults have issues and have to deal with them daily...so do children. I think it's acknowledging your weaknesses and dealing with them, so God can deal with you further... it makes you a better person.” At the end of this day they took off their masks before God as if saying, “We are ready to repent to you God.”
The life of one of the deaf leaders in the King's Kids programme really touched the heart of Netty. “Wilfred," Netty said, "encouraged me so much. He comes from a good home. He's a Christian, and his brother looks after him because his Father died. Beautifully enough, he has that passion to want to learn and want to do better, and help others who are deaf to do the same. He's trying to learn to lip read and he's just lovely. He's full of integrity and wants to do things for others.”
On one of the days the kids and leaders walked for an hour and a half to a swimming pool, stopping along the way to see different aspects of God's creation. Then they swam and had a picnic before making the return journey.
At the end of the week we had seen growth in the children's lives and even their signing had improved. They tried hard to communicate with the deaf and were proud of what they had learned. The parents were so appreciative and excited to see what this programme had done for their children. It was the deaf and the hearing working together to taste and see that the LORD is good.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
We were lucky this year to have 4 deaf students on the DTS, 3 of these students joined the team to Sudan.
We had 2 sessions with local pastors and government officials. Using what we learned during lecture phase on Leadership and Team Dynamics, we were able to instill some useful ideas and tools to develop the community of Lobone. After the sessions we felt that God really used us to teach these men and women, and we got a sense that what they learned will not be forgotten.