“But now, this is what the LORD says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel. ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; YOU ARE MINE. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I AM the LORD your God.” Isaiah 43:1-3
I see a theme of peace resonating throughout our team this week as the Lord has gently been calling each of us to step out in faith. For some, this has meant stepping out in boldness to speak, for others it has meant sharing pieces of their past that God is redeeming, and for others still it has meant opening an area of pain so that the Lord can bring His healing hand. When God says to us in this verse, “You are mine”, a sweet peace that truly surpasses all understanding calms all anxiety and fear. He knows our every need, desire, weakness and purpose, and because he says I AM the LORD your God, I am truly able to trust that He will provide everything in His timing.
Today we visited a village called Lajwatek, where we were greeted this morning with a time of devotion and singing, bringing praise to the Lord in all different languages. This sense of joy in worship even brings peace because the One we sing to is sovereign and good. We were then lead to the home of Esther, who shared her powerful testimony and how it has transformed the whole village into Christ followers. Please ask one of our teammates about her story – God has truly worked a miracle through this woman’s life, and not because of anything one person had done, but because He is so good!
The moment of the day that has been the most humbling for me was when four of us were able to meet children that we have been sponsoring since our last trip to Uganda two years ago. We have been praying for these children and the Lord has developed a longing in each of us to provide more love to them, which was a longing fulfilled today. I had not met Prossy before today, but have only had a picture of her and a brief outline of her story. To see the smile on her face, to see that she was healthy and safe, and to hear of her love for Jesus and her desire to grow more in the knowledge of Him brought a joy down deep in my soul. She does not have parents to provide for her, but through the Empower Me program, I am able to come alongside the staff in loving her daily. These staff members are very intentional in spending time with the children, making sure they have all their needs met, and more importantly, are discipling the children so that their faith is deeply rooted in Jesus.
I know the Lord has given me the heart of a mother. To nurture, encourage, love unconditionally, provide, and counsel. Though I do not have any children of my own, the Lord has sweetly fulfilled this longing of my heart today. I am His. I do not need to fear through seasons of loneliness, depression, or trial. He is with me. He is with Prossy. He is with the staff members that He is using to support her with His love. That is His peace singing over me. He knows all of the details and how they will fall into place for all of us.
To end the night the team spent time at Christine’s House listening, encouraging and praying with the girls who call the Koro Farm home. The Spirit led Morgan and Hannah to share how God is faithfully moving in their stories, and everyone in the room experienced chains breaking and the freedom and victory that is only found in Jesus!
Oh, taste and see how good our God’s love is for us!