I have been back in Botswana almost two months now and God has seriously been on the move. The last couple months have been such an amazing time of readjusting to life and ministry here, pressing deeper into prayer, and seeing God show up. Here are just a couple testimonies about how faithful God has been:
One of the weekly happenings in YFC Gaborone is a prayer meeting called Inferno. For years it has taken place at a school called Interlink, and though it’s not specifically geared toward the students there, we always invite them to join us. Many times in the past, few if any students have stayed around to pray and worship the Lord with the YFC Gabs volunteers. This year however, we prayed that God would work in the hearts of the students, open doors, and allow us to really reach them in ways we haven’t before. The first Inferno meeting of the year started as it has in the past: we came and most of the students sitting in the hall left. This time, however, some of them wandered back in to see where the music was coming from. At the end of our time there, Ember and I gave them little booklets explaining how to know God personally and invited them to come back the following week with any questions/comments they might have.
The next week, the night before we went to Interlink, I prayed that God would be at work, that He’d draw the students there into His presence, and that through us the gospel might do a serious work in their hearts. More than anything, I prayed that they would come back to Inferno! The next day we walked into the hall and were met by twenty
students, eagerly waiting for Inferno to begin! It was amazing to see their desire to worship and pray with us. We gave them follow up Bible studies to complete in their own time as a way to further share with them the Word of God and encourage them to start exploring faith more deeply. It was so cool to see their interest, and to see that they genuinely wanted to learn! This last week many of the students brought back the follow up Bible studies and asked for the next one in the series!
It is so evident that God is at work at Interlink and in the lives of the students who have been coming to Inferno. What an encouragement it is too, especially since for so long we’ve prayed that more students would come and be impacted by our weekly meeting.
On a personal level, I’ve seen God really answer prayer in regards to my heart for hospital ministry. Every Thursday we go visit patients at one of the hospitals in Gaborone, and for the longest (even since I came in 2016) I have had a hard time with it. It has always been a source of tension for me, which is weird given the fact that I want to be a nurse one day. It seems like hospital ministry should be right up my alley. For some reason though I’ve struggled with feeling so awkward and like I have nothing to bring to the table.
Last Thursday morning I brought these feelings before the Lord and asked Him to work on my heart. I know hospital ministry can be amazing and that it’s important, that Jesus Himself put value on visiting the sick (Matthew 25), so I asked Him to help me be engaged and to truly be a breath of fresh air to the people we visited. I prayed for freedom and for love to flow out of me.
Man did God answer that prayer! It was as if even just walking into Marina my heart shifted and I saw the patients we were visiting as normal people. I was able to talk to them and ask them questions, to smile and laugh and pray with them with a freedom and sincerity that I never had before. We were able to have long conversations with people we’d met before, to really just interact with them openly and speak more deeply than we’d gotten to before. In it all God allowed me to have an open heart and for that I am so so grateful.
These are just a few of the many ways I have seen God working in the last few months. In general this has been a time of learning again how practical prayer is, how impactful it is, how truly Prayer Changes Things.