Two days left of J2015! Here's a blog from one of our interns about her time in the communities a few weeks back!
I can't believe I'm here. The faithfulness of God is so real in this place. Tears fill my eyes as I struggle to express just how real Jesus has been to me these past few months. However, the presence of God was especially evident to me today in community 4, as we spent our day in in constant prayer. In this community, where Rejoice Project is in its beginning phase, it became extremely clear that none of this would be possible without prayer. In a community where there are fewer Rejoice Project leaders than any other area that CTI works in, community 4 is desperate for Jesus.
In this desolate place, where people are in such dire need of Christ, there is no way that God will not get the glory in the end, because he is the only one that is able to make streams in the wasteland.
At the end of the day, after intentionally prayerful home visits, we gathered again with the Rejoice Project leaders to pray over them as a whole. Before praying, we sang Ni Wewe Bwana, which means "It is you, Lord," declaring that Jesus is the only one that can change the hearts of these people. After that proclamation, Johannes told us that although these workers are few, God will use them in mighty ways to harvest this land if they let Him. And what a beautiful picture of Jesus that will paint for community 4 and the rest of the world: that God would call all of us, the weak and unexpected, simply to make us depend on Him more, so that we may know Him more. And so that, in the end, He will be the only one that could ever get the glory.
Gathered in the middle of that empty church on a small hill laying hands on the 10 rejoice project leaders of community 4, I was humbled and awakened to the reality that the prayers that we prayed over these leaders are the same prayers that I am praying over myself as I return home. That the Lord would give us passion, perseverance, unity, and unwavering faith. How humbling that Christ would have me pray the same things over myself that I am praying over these people. How amazing that at our core we need the same things. How amazing that our God is a God that is able to see us in our individual situations and meet the needs of his people, no matter where in the world they live.
This morning I read in Isaiah 35, "And when he comes, He will open the eyes of the blind and unplug the ears of the deaf. The lame will leap like a deer and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness and streams will water the wasteland." My prayer today is that Jesus would open the eyes of the blind in community 4, just as he has opened my eyes. May the deaf hear and the lame leap. May he make springs in this wilderness and streams in this wasteland. Ni Wewe Bwana, It is you, Lord.