Post Trip Testimonies
This past week I really experienced God through watching the girls in the maternity home. Hearing some of their heart breaking stories and then seeing how they worship God through singing and praising leaves me in complete awe. Their love for God after the hardships they have faced is inspiring and encouraging. It is a great reminder of how I should live out every day back at home.
This week God revealed himself to me through the hearts of the Ugandans. They truly know what it means to love God with their whole heart, soul, and mind. I have no words to truly describe my experience except to say that I am in awe of Gods beauty and creations. I can't wait to return home and love on people the way Jesus did, and to apply the discipline I learned from watching the girls at the maternity home in my personal walk with the Lord.
I guess the question should be "How have I NOT experienced God this week?". I praise him so much for being so real. What I have realized is just how far I have come from being in constant communication (speaking and listening) to the Holy Spirit. And also just how much I have allowed distractions to distract me from being bold. We got to watch the Holy Spirit literally go ahead of us and stir the hearts. So when we showed up to serve or talk, they were ready. And it was exactly what we had prayed for. We got to speak to so many people about Jesus. Challenging questions that stirred hearts. We saw that is unexplainable. In the midst of poverty our perspective says "they are poor and I am rich". We saw quite the opposite! While they have less material items, they don't have selfishness, and further they show us to love others without question. I am excited to see what God is going to do when i get home. My head is swirling with how He is stirring my heart to do ministry different! I am loving Him SO MUCH and I am excited to go home and start life as I now know it with my heart so different than 10 days ago!
God really showed me how important evangelism is this week. It is truly a life-changing moment for people, and I need to be ready to share my faith no matter what. I've also learned to be open to stepping out of my comfort zone in order to show others God's love.
I saw God working so much this week not only in the hearts of others, but also in myself. The people if Uganda represent love and joy more than I have ever seen before. Even when they have nothing, the women and children would smile constantly and make sure to tend to you before anything else. In Uganda, I learned the true meaning of loving and serving others. It is a heart change that I'm going to carry on back at home. The people and country of Africa have captured my heart and I can't wait to go back, God's power was so strong this week and I'm so thankful For the impact it had on my faith.
One of the many ways I felt God move this week was during the home visits. By being able to bring the Gospel to those who may have never heard it, then seeing their eyes lights up was awesome. My perspective has changed drastically by seeing their love for God, their love for others, and seeing the happiness and smiles of the girls at the house. I will apply this by just showing genuine love to those who really need it. It's easy to show it to your family, but showing it to those who need it or have never experienced it makes the Gospel feel more alive.
Seeing the joy in the lives of people who have literally nothing to their name was incredible. They truly trusted in God in every aspect of their lives despite the terrible circumstances. My view on loving others has changed from "when I feel like it" to "what does God need me to do next" I can't wait to start showing God's love to those around me.
There are so many things that I could say, but the one thing that really sticks out is realizing the power of God and the responsibility I have to walk out that power. When God speaks a word to you it has a purpose. This week while going on many hospital and home visits it was incredible to hear a verse or a word of encouragement from God and speak it and minister. God gives us authority to walk out His power and I plan to take that seriously.
I feel like God is so much more present when I'm in Africa, but I think that's just me being so focused on Him when I go on a missions trip instead of at home. This week He definitely answered a ton of my prayers. For example, me seeing Precious at the Railways and He always prepares peoples hearts that we got to share the Gospel with before we even got to them! I definitely need the same mindset at home of always praying before I talk to someone or make any decisions back in the states.
I experienced joy in a way I never really knew existed. I also feel that God taught me to TOTALLY TRUST and to turn my "control" issues over to Him. I witnessed multiple answered prayers. He also taught me that being over sensitive to social situations can hinder my fellowship. I experienced heart ache and extreme joy at the exact same time. Instead of making God a "department" of my life, I want Him to be the center and to control every department. The selfless acts of the mothers we met and "moms or aunties" at the maternity home made me pray and ask God to help me to be more like them. I'm praying that if asked- people who know me would see Jesus in me. I want to apply what I've learned first by praising Him in the morning and thanking Him in the evening. And I want to care and love enough to be bold about talking to people I come in contact with everyday about their salvation.
This week I really tried extra hard to step up and speak up in praying and volunteering myself. God really pushed me in doing those things when I was talking to people during home visits.
Africa and the amount of poverty we saw was eye opening. A new level of loving on people in the most uncomfortable situations for us and seeing how much the girls in the home love and worship God and love each other was awesome. Especially after hearing all that they had been through.
God showed Himself like crazy on the trip. He shows how He has His hand of protection over all the girls in the maternity home and how He brought them to Kupendwa! It really makes me realize how much I have, but the joy these people have is amazing! He showed us how to love like Him on this trip as well! One of my favorite parts I'd say! I'm ready to love on people like Jesus did!