Saturday, July 5
God’s presence was dynamic today. It was jut a good day all the way around. Today both sessions of witnessing were at the village of HaSpiriti. HaSpiriti is missing a generation due to HIV/Aids. The old made it past the epidemic and the young haven’t got it yet. But the 18-40 years old are all gone. All ravaged by the Thief who knocks at the door to steal, kill, and destroy.
Today we were blessed beyond description to have Meruti (pastor) Mphosi as our interpreter.. He was friendly, expressive, and was totally committed to the mission at hand. Our first house up the mountain (which totally takes the wind out of you) was a good one. The gentleman we spoke to was named Espiriti.
He listened to Mark intently. Half way through he stopped us and I think we all thought, he wants us to go. But, instead he had the children go in to get us chairs to show us respect. By the time we were through six or seven people were there and he told us he was glad of what we said because we spoke the truth and it was a great encouragement to him. He told us to share the Good News with the village. The Spirit that came from him was beautiful. You knew he was a believer. As we finished an older man that had been listening and listening more said to Mphosi that he was grateful and from the words spoken and the prayers said he had got salvation this day! Praise God! We then shared with a man that listened to me well and had all the right answers. I even asked him if the Lord stood before him today how would He know Jesus was is Lord. And the man said, “Because I have invited him into my heart.
But, its not as good as you might think. What does James 2:19 say? 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! You see, When we left this man who had the right answers Mphosi would inform us we had just witnessed to a Sangoma (witch doctor). We prayed for him after we left, but felt we had missed an opportunity to deal with spiritual warfare head on.
Bishop and Jess shared with two women who just didn’t seem to get it. Then onto an older man who seemed blind. He listened well, but was uncertain where he was spiritually. Next, we shared with a man who seemed a bit off. He smiled (in a creepy way) the whole time Bishop and Jess shared. A smile that said he thought we were goofballs. But, when we finished the Spirit had got a hold of him and he said he had never heard the gospel and he too might have got saved. Simply by his declaring it new news and praying with us. Can you see why we loved Mphosi? This is five witnessing opportunities before lunch!
As we would reflect later Alan and Babs would share that this is a dead village. But other groups had success today too and there were a possible four salvations where the Dial’s had seen little, if any response to the Gospel. It was when Alan shared that that I felt God might have a special anointing on our group for the mountains of Lesotho.
My version of this day is out of order but some other experiences included. praying with a semi-deaf lady who seemed to be dying and spending some time with an old man whose sight was so bad he mistook Mark for Alan. Mphosi was able to correct that and then he made certain we all had seat. He knew the good News of our Savior, so Mark shared the story of the prodigal son and the man connected with Mark, laughing at the right times and making a connection to the spiritual significance of the story. He was a generous man. He grabbed one of his chickens to see if he could get an egg out of it for us. He told us if we came back later he would quench our thirst because we had fed him the food of Jesus. He told us we needed to learn the language of Sesotho so we could have a real conversation. A good time at that home, for sure.
Random note: Andrew and Chris; they are our white South African guides and cooks. They are a blast and the students love them. They are loud, boisterous, animated and full of life and full of joy.
Tonight’s meal was baked potatoes cut in fours, covered with tomato sauce, corn, and scrambled eggs.
Lots of spiritual victory today. Everybody has shared their faith now. In fact they have shared door to door to at least two or three dozen homes. They have all got past their fears and have grasped the level of evangelism God seeks from us. He group just seemed to get it today. And we had four groups. You have read mine, here are the others. They were amazing!