Prayers that avail much

We went back to Seya to spend more time in prayer at the Church & Bible School location. When I first stepped on the ground of of the location, it was impressed upon my heart that it was now a place of peace and joy, but that it was not always that way. The land the Lord had Pastor Bill and Linda purchase was used by the witch doctors to sacrifice children. At one time the blood ran down the side of the hill to the river and the water was red. But no more, The Lord has taken a place of sorrow and turned it into a place of joy, of darkness and turned it into a place of light.

This time as we entered prayer, it was a much deeper place with the Lord. Prayer for the plans, purpose and provision for the place and in the Spirit.
As I looked around the building, I looked at the bricks being used to make the walls. I saw faces all over. Faces of the children. The church was becoming a living memorial as the bricks were made out of the ground. The very ground where so much blood was shed and had been crying out. The blood that use to cry out is now a part of the light that will be sent out to dispel darkness.

The children who are being trained there are very special…. These children are world changers. God resuced them out of a place of utter darkness, one where the enemy had been trying to take their very lives and placed them into a place where they are carriers of light. Not only in their nation, but to surrounding areas.

Thank you Lord for bringing me her to show me and let me meet these precious children. And thank you for thier hugs… they are forever in my heart.

Current Church… New Building to the left and classrooms on the right
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Children from yesterday….. Chlidren of today….

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Hospital Visit – Giving good gifts

Chick, Danielle, and Myself are paired up with Pastor Joel and Christine as interpreters to do hospital visits. Little gift bags with sugar, salt, soap and matches are once again put together for distributioin to the families of those who are in the hospital.

The hospital is better than I had expected. There are buildings that are broken into wards: Mens, Women’s, and Childrens. We start with the Children’s wing and break into two groups so we can minister to as many people as possible. Pastor Joel and I take one side of the room and Danielle, Chick and Christine take the other. The Lord opened heaven in the hospital. As we go, we give the gifts, and offer prayer for healing and each family is receiving salvation. Pastor Joel was taking names and give church locations for follow-up. It was absolutely beautiful. We quickly ran out of gift bags but we had candy left to offer the people. They received the candy with so much joy and Jesus with even more joy. Many of the families we were praying with to receive Jesus were muslim and Pastor Joel was so excited. The staff and people were so touched that we would take time to come and give gifts and pray.

As we moved through the hospital, both of our groups noticed that the Lord was confirming His word with signs following. Many people were getting up, packing up their beds (you have to bring your own linens, pillows and food), and walking out with their families. He was healing them! No surprise, but we just did not take much thought as we saw it when we moved from family to family.

As we were walking out is when it really hit me… He was emptying out the hospital. The very first little girl who Pastor Joel and I prayed for came bouncing down the walk. I looked at her and thought, my she looks familiar, and looked at her mother. At that point, I looked at Pastor Joel and said, that was the first one we prayed for… The Lord totally healed her. She had a high fever and had been very lethargic, now she was bouncing up and down smiling. We rejoiced in the Lord for what He had done. As we looked around the hospital, the beds were definately more empty. We give all the praise and glory and honor to You, O Lord. For You are good and Your mercy and lovingkindness endure forever….

A Detour and a Blessing….

I have to say, the entire team was not too excited about our return trip to Lugazi for two reasons: One, we were having a wonderful time ministering in the camps and two Speed Humps. But we did realize that we had to return at some point.

Just to the west of the main road we drove up on, Murchison Falls National Park is located. Pastor Bill and Linda had decided to “detour” us that way.
So we had an “unofficial” safari. It was absolutely amazing. Seeing animals “free” to roam in their own natural habitat was so wonderful. We came up on quite a few giraffes. The are truly amazing creatures. Each one is colored differenlty. Some were really chestnut colored and others more brown. Some dark and some really light. All different colors, but just giraffes ~ just like people.

I was in awe as I also noticed that giraffes are graceful, especially when they run. It looks like they run in slow motion…. but their stride is long and they cover a great distance in just a few steps. Like the plan of God, it seems like things are moving in slow motion, but when we turn around and look back a year, we see the great distance He has had us travel. He’s had us make great strides.

Other animals we saw: Oribi, Waterbucks, warthogs, Elepahants (YES real live ones), African Buffalo, Hippopotamus, Red Tailed monkeys, baboons, Tortoise, Ibex and a bunch of animals that I don’t even know the names…

African Buffalo, Giraffes with Nile river in background and Hippos in the Nile.. Sorry, my Camera batteries died!
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note: The best part about the safari… limited speed humps… we bypassed most of them and it took the same amount of time.

What are the rules about flooded roads????

Ok… after we packed up the movie projector and took down the sheet, we headed back and the sound of thunder started to rumble overhead with lightining. Raindrops started to fall quickly and very hard on the glass of the van. Talk about a deluge! Again, I’m back in Fiji and the tropical rains that pour and pour and pour.

As we drive the roads are quickly becoming flooded. Mind you the roads are not good with out rain, so we start to pray. You can see currents running across and down the roads… Ignasis eyes are scanning and watching the road. You could feel tires slipping on the road. As I prayed, I could not help but think….
Rule of a flooded road…..Don’t cross you don’t know whats under the water…
But rule of a flooded road in Africa, keep going!

So, we prayed that the angels would keep up out of ruts and drop offs and fill in those low places. Prayer answered. It was slow going (no surprise there) but we made it back with out harm or incident.

Faith Family, again, I want to thank you for your prayers, they keep us as we go out and come in!
Check out the photos below!!! WOW
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Ministry in the Camps…

After the Church services ended after noon, we traveled to the camp of Pabo to meet the other team members.
In Pabo, we ate lunch at one of the Pastors houses. We were able to minister to the children and pray for the sick.
It touched the hearts of the people that we were there. It was absolutely beautiful. In their lack, they want to give us their all.

Note: In regards to clothing, the decisions on what to wear is not based upon color or style as often times what they are wearing is all they have. It is their only outfit. Their decision is based upon HOW TO WEAR whether or not they are covering the front side or the back side.

We continued along to the next camp: Oting
Oting, is a camp that was closed to having anyone from the “outside” come in at all. Apparently there were some other orginazations that came in and made promises that they did not keep. But, Pastor Basco talked to the camp administrator and asked if we could possibly show a film. After a discussion, the camp administrator agreed. Set up in on the van. A white sheet is draped on the van to project the movie on. As some of the group was setting up the screen. Carolyn and I got out and started engaging the Children in a friendly game of soccer. Their soccer ball was old wadded up clothes, tied end to end, wrapped in a ball that looked like a rubberband ball.

Same plan as in the children’s homes, kick the ball around until one of the kids gets close enough to you to get a hug.. The grab on and hug them. It works wonders. The all giggle at first and tease the “first recipient” of the hug, but then they inch closer and closer until they get their hug.

Another thing we did was engage them in a game of Hand Pile war, where you alternate your hands on top of each other pulling from the bottom to see who can keep it in order and end up on top. It brought heaps of laughter. It was special. You do with little and give in abundance.

After a bit, Pastor Bosco approached the camp administrator and asked if the team could go from hut to hut and pray for the people. Unknown to us, he had been watching us engage the children and as he saw the smiles, laughter and hugs, his heart was softened. He agreed to let us go.

From hut to hut we go. Prayer was for all sorts of needs, healing, provisions, families who’ve lost loved ones, and most importantly sharing the Gospel and prayer to receive Jesus. It was magnificient! Darkness came up quick on us and we headed back to where the film was playing. Between 800-1000 people had gathered by the van to watch the movie. There are no benches to sit upon, so all stood. Packed in so tight in a small area….
The film played, people watched, and when it ended, a simple message for those to receive Jesus was offered, it was beautiful as the prayer was repeated in the native tongue…. absolutely music to the ears of the Lord.