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Deserts of Africa – Jan./Feb. 2014: Day 1

28 Jan

IMG_3273Psalm 28-“To you, O Lord, I call; my rock . . . Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.  The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped . . . Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever.”

It was incredible to read this psalm this morning while sitting on a mountain made of rock, looking out over the dry land where we have just seen the young shepherdesses with their small flocks.  Being here has brought the Word to life all over again. Here, you see what dry really is, what wilderness really is, how big and vast His creation is and how we need him desperately—for light, water, life.

I especially love reading this psalm today because it describes answered prayer.  Today, I have seen God answer my prayers that I would get to share Jesus with women on the other side of the world.  We rode on camels to their villages, and God provided wonderful interpreters and opportunities to share His truth.  We laughed as we discovered that women everywhere want to discuss the same topics—How old are you? How long have you been married? How many children do you have?  This led to sharing more about myself, my personal testimony.

I watched as God used a friend’s singleness to open up the door for her to share the gospel. God meets her every need, and she is content in Him.  What a witness!

In the afternoon, a young, new mother was a little hesitant about me, I think.  Once she saw a picture of my five kids, her newborn was in my arms for most of the visit so I could teach her to knit!  We were able to share some of God’s Word with her, and she seemed very open to hearing more in the future.

Our day ended with Liz and me having an opportunity to pray for two hurting women, that God would bless them with more children.  Our prayer is that He will answer and that they will believe on the one, true God who hears and answers.

Being a part of this trip has ignited my prayer life for the B-people. I have seen God answer so many specific prayers on this trip—opportunities, the right words to share in each situation, health, smooth travel, interpreters, unity in our team.  He has faithfully answered every one.  So, at the end of this psalm, I pray with confidence that He will work among the B-people—that He will save them and be their shepherd and carry them forever.

Written by Jan

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