The time has finally come for us to leave Muizenberg and go into the nations for our 2 month outreach. Four teams have already left and the Base is feeling pretty empty. My team leaves today at 3pm today (that’s 8am CST, for all the folks back home) and will take an 18 hour bus trip to Johannesburg (aka “Joburg”) South Africa. We will be working with Joseph’s Project in Joburg this coming week and then will fly to Mozambique on Thursday.
My team is absolutely AMAZING! I love them so much and am so glad that God has put us all together. There are 8 of us: Scott (Canada) and Charmian (South Africa) are our two leaders and then we have Jean (South Africa; pronounced “John”), Quinton (South Africa), Luke (California), Rebekah (South Africa), Estera (Poland) and me. Hopefully we’ll have a group picture up soon so you can see all of their beautiful faces!
Outreach is a time of intensive hands-on ministry and is an opportunity for us to really be stretched and taken out of our comfort zones and lay down ourselves for the sake of making Christ known. I am SO excited!! We will be in Maputo, Mozambique for 31 days and will be working in hospitals, orphanages, and potentially with the homeless. Our heart is to spend time loving people who are outcasts in society either because they are orphans, do not have a home, are alienated from society due to disease, etc. God has been teaching us so much about His love for all people and we want to really live that out and spread hope to those are are completely without hope. I do not know specifics yet of what we will be doing day to day but I will send updates if we have internet in Mozambique.
Then, we will head back to Joburg (by bus) the first or second week of April and will fly to Malawi where we will post up at a YWAM Base and then spend two weeks at a time in a village. We will have no running water, no electricity, obviously no internet…it’s going to be awesome! And so challenging. We will be living with the people and getting to do life with them. I know it is going to be difficult, but I am so excited about this part of our outreach! During our time in Malawi, we will be spending a lot of time building relationships and being in people’s homes and we will also be preaching and teaching and praying for the sick. I am SO pumped about all of this!
Obviously there is risk in a trip like this, but we are fully confident that the blood of Jesus is covering us and that HE has commissioned this trip and will guard and guide us and send His angels to protect us. A few weeks ago, God brought me to 1 Chronicles 16:19-24 and I am claiming it for this trip:
When you were few in number,
of little account, and sojourners in it,
wandering from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another people,
he allowed no one to oppress them;
he rebuked kings on their account,
saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
do my prophets no harm!”
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
I am so expectant for all the amazing things God is going to do in the next couple of months. God has been demonstrating His power so much in the past few weeks and wow – I am ready for the Kingdom of God to come down to earth. The same power that resurrected Christ from the dead lives in each and every one of us! I’ve been reading through Acts and man – God did some incredible things through the disciples because of their great faith and our call and commission is the same today.
We are so excited to see what God has for our team and for those we will be ministering to in Mozambique and Malawi. There is SO much more that I could say but I am still finishing up some stuff and have lots of goodbyes to say before I leave. I just wanted to let you all know that I love you a ton and that if you don’t hear from me for a while, it is probably because I don’t have internet.
If you could be praying for our team and the 5 other teams, that would be amazing!! We are in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda, South Sudan, South Africa, Swaziland, and Thailand, and the Philippines between all of us. Please pray for safe travel for all teams, protection and good health during outreach, and for a continued outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Please also pray for team unity and testimonies of God working in powerful ways in people’s lives. We want to see hearts and lives changed as God transforms them!
I hope you all have an amazing Easter! Love you all and am so grateful for your continued encouragement and support!