By our Lord's grace and favor, we had a team of 19 volunteers to fulfill God's calling. Five veterinarians, nine vet students, one wife of a veterinarian, three high school students and one pastor all merging from 10 different states, and only a hand full of this team had ever met.
We were so blessed to see 14 people give their life to Christ for the first time. Many more (we lost count) were restored to faith in Christ, while admitting to a knowledge of Christ, but had made a decision to leave the local church and turn away from God. We also prayed for two ladies to be healed from chronic pain and they left pain free!
The local worship team made up of our young interpreters was blessed to receive a new guitar, a keyboard and a portable PA system to help them go mobile. These instruments and more were given to each individual to keep as their own to help and encourage them to be more mobile. The goal is to help them go out to the villages, in homes, on the street corners and even to other churches to spread the gospel outside the four-wall church.
If all of this was not exceedingly above what we expected, our heavenly Father opened the heavens in and through our team. All of us, without exception, were blessed to see the Holy Spirit move in His unique ways. Hearts were moved to the point of tears many times over, our faith was challenged but God always rose to the occasion, new relationships were formed as God's Holy Spirit performed flawlessly through this team.
For me, I've never witnessed such a large team made up of so many people from all walks of life, coming from different backgrounds, different denominations and a full range of ages. Many vet students came with the sole purpose of extending their resume in the career of veterinary practice, and did I mention that most of us had never met! Only the hand of our God could put together such a unique and diverse team to accomplish His work. I never once heard a complaint, even in the challenging times. There were many schedule changes and people being pushed out of individual comfort zones.
As I reflect back, some of the things I saw were entire families touched through the washing of feet, 50-60 children all singing and worshiping together, even seeing the Holy Spirit put a very noisy and interruptive pig to sleep so the gospel could press on. It is for certain that our Father showed us His goodness and mighty power while forever changing lives.
To our creator and savior, may He receive all the glory and praise!
As the team returned back to American soil, we are already hearing about attitudes about our local church life and also a brother of a team member coming to Christ through the stories being told of our Father hand at work. ALL JESUS!!!