My first week in Africa has been spent at a conference. Which has been a unique opportunity for me to get to know the folks here, as well as get some wisdom and encouragement from those who have conquered the first baby steps in a new land. There are people from all over—Brits, Aussies, Americans, Africans, and a few Canadians. They have each had a chance to share about what they are doing and how God is moving where they are at. They are involved in all kinds of cool stuff. There is an African couple doing a sports ministry in South Sudan to bring together all of the different tribes in that particular area, an Austrailian gal who is starting a vocational school and holding healing weeks for former child soldiers, a couple that is teaching communities about natural medicine and sustainable farming, teachers, a small team living in tents and building houses the way the people there do…all kinds of great stuff.
I have been able to meet my team and get to know them a bit. I will get to know them better next week on their team retreat (and safari) which I, so luckily, am able to tag along on. This week I have also visited a coffee plantation…which was actually not all that exciting since it is the off season. But they do supply to Starbucks, so that’s something. Also, even though I am not much of a meat eater, I tried some goat for the first time. Not my new favorite food, to say the least.
Also this week there have been Bible study sessions. This morning there was a great session led by an African pastor about spiritual warfare. We looked at a lot of scripture—examining that our battle is not against flesh and blood (i.e. man), and that the devil is a liar. He lies, steals, destroys. He uses our minds to plant lies. When discouraging thoughts come, it is not just ho hum life—it is Satan whispering lies to us. I will say that my knowledge of spiritual warfare is pretty small. I knew that was something that I would be dealing with a lot more here. I had never really considered our thoughts to be tools that the devil can use. But in the overwhelming whirlwind of leaving everyone I love and everything I know to do something that frankly, I feel a little ill equipped for, I have certainly had thoughts of discouragement and doubt. But no matter what I am feeling Gods truths remain—that He is good, He is sovereign, and He requires sacrifice. I gave Him my life a long time ago and there’s no turning back. Not for this girl.
If you so desire you can be praying for visa issues so that I can get settled asap. Also for grace to learn culture, some good friends, and to find my place here.