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African Missions - Botswana - March 2004
Saturday 1 May 2004, Mark, Anita, Carien and I left for Botswana.
We arrived at Mahalapye during the afternoon where we were met by Julie and taken to the school. Julie (she is a Singaporian missionary who is starting a mission school in Mahalapye) and I went to meet her pastor and to fetch the interpreter, Kate. Late afternoon, Julie gave us an overview of what was expected from us and where we would be going during the following 6 days.
morning early we left for Morelane. On arrival we pitched our tents in
one of the villagers yard. After we set up camp and refreshed
ourselves, we walked around the village and told people that we will
be having a church meeting in the afternoon at 15h00. The children arrived
first and as soon as there were a couple of them we lead them in praise
and worship, by singing. As joyous singing filled the air, a couple of
adults and more children arrived.
Amongst others, I prayed for an elderly man for
improved eyesight. He had like a white fleece over his eyes. I also prayed
for an elderly lady,
appearance suddenly changed to terrible fear. She ran away, but kept
looking back. I beckoned to her to come back, which she did hesitantly.
some more for her but she was filled with terror. She suddenly lunged
toward me making a hissing sound (like a snake) and when I kept on praying
budging, she ran away. The Lord really put a burden in my heart for her
and I just kept on praying through the night for her tortured soul.
On Monday we went prayer walking through the village. We stopped at several huts to talk to the people and pray where they asked us to for specific issues. In the afternoon we had church under the tree again. The old man we prayed for on Sunday came again to testify that his eyesight had improved! Looking into his eyes, I could see that the white fleece had practically disappeared! He asked for more prayer and we happily obliged! To God be the glory!! I was hoping that the old lady would come, but she didn't.
Tuesday we went prayer walking again through the village. The afternoon we had church under the tree again. We got the children singing again but they kept on looking so sad. We asked Kate to find out why they were so sad when they should be joyous because of what Jesus had done for us all. Their response was that because they are hungry they cannot be joyous. How very very sad. It just made me realise again that people need bread to sustain the body as much as the bread of life. This also reminded me of Jesus on the mount when the people were tired and hungry and He said to His disciples "I have compassion for these people…. I do not want to send them away hungry…". It is times like these that I desire to have faith to feed the multitudes. The old woman also came that afternoon. I was seated on the ground with the "congregation" and she came to stand next to me. I invited her to sit down next to me while Kate was preaching. Just before Kate concluded her message, the old lady got up and left. I watched and prayed while she walked away, and there was such a sadness in my heart for the poor tormented soul, who obviously came back because she had seen the light, but was afraid of the darkness. I believe that God has touched her heart and ignited a fire, a thirst and a hunger to know the truth, and I will keep on praying for her.
We also prayed for a very sick baby and when we returned from Madum, found out that the baby had died the day after we left. We really had a burden for the people to have a shepherd or someone who could disciple, encourage and lead them into a greater awareness and relationship with our Father. God is so faithful, because once again He answered our prayers as we met a woman, Rulli, who had given her life to the Lord about a year ago, Spirit filled and on fire!! Her heart's desire is to be able to read and write and to go to Bible college. We asked our Father to supernaturally by the power of the Holy Spirit teach her to read and write, and we believe He will make a way where there seems to be no way.
Wednesday morning we went
to a cattle post, Madum and set up camp. I immediately sensed that there
was a “lightness” in the atmosphere,
which made us realise the heavy presense of oppressiveness in Morelane.
I have never prayed so much for people in my life! It was just so amazing how one just starts praying without even thinking, due to the Spirit of the Lord making intercession through you! I have learnt so much in such a short time, and am really on fire to get to Tanzania to start work there. I realise that it will be more difficult, because they have probably not heard the gospel at all and we will therefore have to be much more sensitive with our approach, as they are also Muslims. Please pray for open doors and favor for us when we get there.
It is imperative that a lot of intercessory
prayer and sprititual warfare is waged even before we go. From report
we have received from other people who have been in the field in Tanzania,
the area we are going to, have major demonic strongholds.
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