Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The 2nd day we had a carnival for them and did music and facepainting and games and candy. The whole sha-bang! I did face painting for a whopping 3 hours straight! They loved it. All 165 or so kids came to get it done. After the carnival we helped Pator Joash in his pineapple plantaion. It was our thank you service to him because he took a week off of his work which is his only living to help us on the Islands. Basically we walked in the thick jungle with bare feet or flip flops and pulle trees, branches, brush and anyhting else that wasn't pineapple or casave, and got repeatedly stabbed by razor shapr thorns and had spiders, poisoness worms, and fire ants crawling on us. But it was awesome to see all the kids join with the team and other helpers to get it done. Within 2 hours we were done, and reaped the rewards of fresh pineapple just cut off the plant. There is no other pineapple in the world that can ever compare to the ones in Africa. The most amazing taste!! It's like eating 90% juice. Mmm.. It was amazing. Thank you Jesus for Joash and his pineapples! And the kids!
It was hard not being able to take her back home with us, or any of the kids for that matter. But we trust that God will provide in mysterious ways.
Later that day we had a crusade for the village, asking if they wanted to recieve Jesus, and needed healing. There was always healings and spirits cast out. It became common to me. God really opens the hearts of the people who don't have much. Everyone wanted to receive the Living God.
But After we had prayed and danced and sang for them, the time came to tell them about their ways of witchcraft. That village had a lot of it and it was very obvious. The children were covered in beads around their waste neck or wrists, which was a demonic curse of life. A curse that they won't die. It's funny how the devil tempts us with that lie. You will never die, however to be separated from Jesus Christ means death. How can the Enforcer of death promise life? It's nothing but a lie.
I was holding another little girl there who continually called me momma, and when I told her I wasn't her momma, She went to Israel the 20 year ole male interpreter and called him momma. She was adorable, but she was restless, and violent. As I held her she continually tried slapping me and others around me. She would toss her head to and fro and laugh and push other kids over. She was probably only 1 year old, and I knew that there was something greater behind her actions. I felt an angry spirit around her and I started to pray for her as I held her. But it wouldn't leave. So, as the pastors are asking if any one has witchcraft, they need to get rid of it if they want to follow Jesus. Just then I feel something under her dress around her waste. This little girl had the witchcraft beads around her waste, and immediately I knew, That was causing it. I grabbed the string that was wrapped around 3 or 4 times and broke it off.
The beads fell the the ground and as fast as a light, the girl became calm. She wasn't hitting or wiggling, or angry. Instead, she became peaceful and just smiled. Then I let her down and she joined in with some other little kids that we broke the beads off of and handed us all the beads from the ground, and I threw them in the fire.
Not only did that little girl find freedom, but the little girl I fed earlier that day captured my heart. She was the cutest thing I have ever seen. So I gave her a necklace I was wearing. I prayed over it and put it on her neck, a prayer for healing and protection and love, and I broke the witchcraft off of her neck as well. That night was amazing. God did a lot. That was just a small part of the night, but it really amazed me to see that something so small like a string of beads can hold a person in bondage. Letting things in your life, even if they are small can take over. I loved seeing Jesus take action and free so many people, not just kids but everyone there. If only you could have been there. All I have to say is know the power our Jesus has. Know that he who is in us is stronger than he who is in the world.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wow, what to say, what to say...
Yesterday we had a worship conference and hung out with the people of the Life Church in Kampala. Today, waking up early, way too early, we headed to the church to begin session 2 of the worship conference, talking about what worship is and the meaning and purpose behind it. It was fun being able to praise and worship with these people. I learned a lot about true worship and how powerful it is. The people of Life Church are really loving and are always shaking your hand and saying how are you followed by thank you. ha ha sometimes there english is a little confusing. After the seminar we headed to a school just down the road where the kids where being taught sexual purity. The kids where going to write down questions and we were going to answer whatever they wanted to know, honestly and as best as we could. We did some worship there and shared some of our testimonies and shared how staying abstinent or in some of our cases, messing up and finding the grace of Jesus so amazing. Afterwards the kids came up for prayer if they were suffering from stuff from their childhood or dealing with anything that was sexually immoral in there lives. There was a lot of amazing breakthrough there. Some of the kids left really free.
That was so amazing. After that we went back to the church and set up for the movie night and music night we were putting on in the parking lot of the church. We played worship with another Ugandan band. It was awesome to hear afterwards that there was a man named Isaac, who was 21, and was just walking on road next to the parking lot. He said he heard a voice tell him in his head that if he went to the parking lot that he would never be the same. He walked in and ran into Jay. Jay and another man asked who he was, and where he was from, then asked if he knew the gospel. He had no idea what the gospel or the Bible was. So Jay said if he stayed 2 more minutes he was about to tell the whole crowd who Jesus was and what he has done for us. Isaac ended up waiting, along with many others, and 30 people ended up accepting Jesus as their personal Savior. After the salvations the pastors asked if anyone needed healing for anything from aids to cancers to hurt limbs to anything that needed it. Almost the whole group of people came seeking for healing. From what I heard 2 or 3 people immediately were healed and stated publicly. I’m not sure but I can almost positively say that there were others there that found out they were healed a little later.
That night was so amazing. I was swamped with little children running around and holding my hand. Little babies always walking up out of no where wanting to hold onto you and crawl in your lap. It’s too adorable. I’m going to have a hard time leaving. :(
part 2 of day.... Can’t remember.
On our way home from the movie night at the church, we must have done the Lord’s Will because our tire blew out in the middle of the road in Entebbe. However, we didn’t feel much other than a tiny bump. We had a jack (but didn’t know it) and a spare (that was flat) and needed to wait for Virginia to come and bring it. Three of us stayed with the van and tried to fix it while the rest of us were out in the dark running on the side of the street flagging down busses and taxi’s that were full to the top and over. It was scary because the driver’s are so reckless that they almost run you over if your too close. However, after many taxi’s and waiting, FINALLY! A completely empty taxi! Which again is a miracle! We headed home and went to bed. Only to wake up 7 hours later. oh my. We’re all pretty beat. Can’t wait to chow you pictures of this one. :)
Love you all,