[gallery ids="2134,2135,2136"] Our time in the rural communities has officially come to an end. God allowed a great amount of relational time with our African friends in the fourth community. We spent time in the schools, continued building relationships with the Rejoice Project team members, and went on a few home visits. We began teaching the virtue of initiative in the schools, and got to empower the students to take the initiative to encourage the people in their community. It was a busy week, but God showed up in a huge way.
The morning of our last day we a hill that looks over all of the community. As a team, we prayed over the community. We prayed that God would continue to rise up a generation of believers that desire to know Jesus and make Him known. We prayed for rain in the midst of drought, both geographically and spiritually. We cried out to God on behalf of the students we worked with in the schools, that they would encounter grace in a fresh and new way. While we were praying on top of the hill, I was reminded of Isaiah 58.
“Then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58:10-11
Even just since last year, I’ve seen so much growth within this community. A body of believers that started out as a small, but faithful, 15 has now grown to be a group well over 60. The numbers have multiplied, and children all over are learning about who Jesus is, and it what it looks like to fearlessly follow after him. It’s incredible to see prayers answered, and God’s faithfulness made evident, even after just a year’s time. So, as I sat on top of the hill, I couldn’t help but be expectant of what God’s going to continue to do long after we are gone. This summer, He has allowed us to play a small part in a much bigger picture of His kingdom being built here on earth. I praise God for that time, but I also rest in the thankfulness that comes with recognizing that He will continue that work when we are gone. Not only will He continue working, but He will also continue working within us. Just because we are done serving in the communities does not mean that God is done working within us. The journey God has us on isn't reliant on season or geographic location. So, as we enter this season of debrief, I will continue to say- HE'S NOT DONE YET.
God has done so much this summer, and I firmly believe that He still has so much to teach our team within our remaining weeks together. Our last few days in Africa will be spent resting and debriefing as a team. Please join us as we pray over the next few weeks. That we would be able to process through all that God has taught us, and also be able to rejoice over how faithful He has been throughout the entire summer.