Saturday, January 22, 2011

Crashing into the Kingdom of Heaven

2:24 AM
I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things that these, because I am going to the Father. - John 14:12

I've read this verse, memorized this verse, but I never really believed this verse until today...until I lived this verse. We've been in Palapye, Botswana for 5 days, and each day has looked totally different than the one before. We've taught in church services, led prayer meetings, loved on kids at an orphanage, and taught Bible stories to kids at schools. All of these great ministry opportunities have really given us a heart for the people of Palapye. On Friday, we started out walking the streets of the neighborhood we've been living in, and introducing ourselves, and asking if they needed prayer for anything. We found most people to be really receptive and open to prayer. We eventually walked to the local hospital , where we would pray for the sick, the families & friends, and the nurses. It was such a blessing to pray God's love and restoration over these people. Near the end of our hospital visit, two nurses called a few of us over to pray for them. They had been having trouble breathing, and one couldn't see out of her left eye. So we laid hands on them and prayed & believed God's healing for these women. They were extremely grateful for our prayers, and we invited them to church with us this weekend. They hugged us as we left, and we hoped to see them on Sunday. Friday night, the church held another prayer service, which we helped lead as well. Halfway through the service, the nurse with the eye problem and another friend of hers who had been prayed for as well walked in. We were excited to see them and we made sure to talk to them after the service. They told us that they just had to come to church and find us - because they had been healed. The woman could see and breathe clearly, as did her friend who had suffered the same symptoms. They were overwhelmed with joy and gratefulness. We were thrilled and humbled. They plan to continue to come to church there and find out more about this God who healed them. God had just used us to change these women's lives forever. This is the kind of stuff from the New Testament, not my world. But here is my world, crashing into the kingdom of heaven. It's only been a week and a half into our outreach, and God is already doing miracles all around us. This is what the Christian life is all about.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and the ends of the earth. - Acts 1:8

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Joy Muldoon is a full-time missionary and part-time blogger. Read about her travels, adventures, and missions here!


Girl, that is awesome! I will be praying for you and praying if there is anyway we can help your ministry!!

Joy Engdahl said...

Thanks so much!! I appreciat the prayers more than you can know. God is really on the move here, and its amazing to be a part!