A few days ago we took the morning off to go rock climbing! Like serious rock climbing! We climbed to the top of a cliff where you can look out over all of the local villages! It was so refreshing to spend the day soaking up God’s beautiful creation! We even found a river that lead to a waterfall! (Rock climbing in a skirt is always a fun time, right!?)
The doctors at the Medical Centre here in Nalerigu are so kind! I have been able to spend some time with them while they make rounds and check on patients. I also got to help out with some surgeries and practice some of my newly learned nursing skills! I’m so amazed to see the way they do all these major surgeries with hardly any supplies!
..And my host family- they are just wonderful! Such great hospitality!! Part of the daily routine now is to wake up around 5:30 to lead a morning devotion with all of them. The oldest of the kids (Woosifer- 20 years old) has been a believer for many years now. After devotion one morning he came up to me and said that this has been the first time his family has ever gathered together to read the Word and pray; he told me that he is forever grateful. He also told me that after I leave, he plans to continue doing this each morning! He wants to lead the devo by himself one morning before I leave so that I can help him out some! It's so exciting and encouraging for me to see God at work in this family!
The best thing about watching a child accept Christ is the fact that you can see the change take place. Children are honest. They don't do things because they feel like they need to, because it is the thing to do. They don't do it to impress. These children give their hearts to the Lord because they can feel Him, they KNOW that He is real. They want hope, something to cling to in a land of nothing. and they find it there, in the arms of their Father. And being able to share that hope with them is a gift beyond anything else in this world…
I'd love to tell you we've seen hundreds come to know the Lord, but the truth is that we haven't. (I'm learning to be faithful in sharing God's truth, and completely rely on the Holy Spirit to convict hearts and tear down walls) It is extremely risky for someone to follow Christ here. Being Muslim has become part of their identity, not just their religion. I have met believers who have faced ultimate persecution because of their faith; many of them are disowned by their family or even physically abused. Please continue to pray for the people here in Nalerigu; I genuinely believe something miraculous is going to take place!
"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing to the Lord, praise his name: proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all the people. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise." Psalms 96:1-4
Here’s something that I’ve been thinking about lately that does seem to be pretty ironic: Today I went with 2 of the native girls that I hang out with, Theresa and Elizabeth, to the farm. They were asking me about “machines” we had in America to do our work for us. I explained to them about washing machines, dishwashers, dryers, etc.. They thought it was so hilarious that we have machines to do our work for us and we don’t just use “man power”! They decided that if they came to America they would get fat, but I assured them that we have a gym we can go work out at! This was their response: “So you mean you have all of these machines to do your hard work for you, but you go to a different place later to do other work for fun!?”