Okay, here's an incredible story...and for those of you who don't believe, well, you are just going to have to get over it! ;) It's in the Bible!
While we were walking the streets in Addis visiting different orphan's houses, we were asked to pray for this old man who was really sick and had not left his house in months. So, about 6 of us from the Visiting Orphans team, plus 4 of our translators went to pray for him. While we were in their hut, we decided we should pray for his wife. Before laying hands on her, Serafel, one of our translators told me, "She's got an evil spirit". Oh Well! That didn't detour us in the least. Isn't this what we signed up for?! So, we proceeded and thank God for all the books I've read, stories I've heard and equipping I've received by many godly mentors in my life...because as we began to pray for her, sure enough, the evil spirit made itself known. The cool thing is that none of us were afraid and in fact a peace I'd never felt and a boldness came over me. We were speaking in English and our translators, especially Bruk, were speaking in Amharic and within moments that woman was free of that Spirit in Jesus Name! She fell to her knees praising God! It was an amazing thing to be a witness to and a part of! Well, while this was going on, kids from the community were piled up watching this through the window and word spread. So, people began asking us from all over to pray for their sick relatives. The people and kids came out of their houses and started walking with us down the road. It reminded me of the mass of people Christ drew as He walked on this earth when they would hear of the miracles He was performing! Once I got home someone a missionary from YWAM told me that Jesus would have stopped and turned around and told the crowd "Do you want to be healed?! I am the Truth and the Way and the Life". So wish I had that knowledge to have stopped and pointed the crowd to Him. Hopefully they heard that we were there in the name of Jesus though...Next time!
John 14: 12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these...
Follow along as I take this mission seriously and minister to the orphans in this world.
Visiting Orphans...It pretty much speaks for itself. Our lives are made to give away to others and I love it that helping orphans is pure and undefiled religion! Follow along as I take God seriously about this mission and minister to the orphans in this world. He is constantly at work in our lives..we just sometimes have to shift our perspective to notice Him. I pray you will hopefully see Him in the words and pictures below..through my perspective.
This blogpage follows the mission trips I lead to minister to orphans in this world. I am the Executive Director of a mission sending agency called Visiting Orphans. (www.visitingorphans.org) I believe my mission in life is similar to the President of Compassion International, Dr. Wes Stafford. In his book, "Too Small to Ignore" he says, "On one side of this international bridge, my role is to minister to the poor, to the orphans, to "comfort the afflicted." And then I cross the bridge, coming back to the Western, more affluent world, where my job is to speak and write and to "affict the comfortable" to call them to action." Loving people on both sides of the spectrum...
I pray that something in my words or pictures will inspire you to reach out beyond yourself...to GO and help the "least of these".