Future Plans

So who knows how many people will read this from now on since I’m back home. And maybe you’re wondering what I’ll do with this website now, so here’s the answer:

1. Update everything on what’s still happening in South Africa. Maybe I’m not there, but God is and I think it’s really neat to hear about what God is doing 9,000 miles away.

2. Use it for future mission work. I think most people know God has called me to be a missionary so I plan on using this blog for wherever sends me, whenever that might be.

Now that I’m back so many people tell me they wanna hear about everything that happened. But how can I possibly say everything God has done in 6 months? Sometimes I can’t even describe what God has taught me after 1 church service; so it’s impossible to try and do that for a long period of time… Maybe they didn’t realize this but, that’s what this blog is for. It’s called, “Adventures in His Glory” because I’m telling everyone about the adventures I’ve had for the glory of God. But I do appreciate everyone wanting to hear from me about what happened, it’s just not possible. I hope this blog has been encouraging to you and inspired you to fulfill the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20. May God bless you in every way. Amen.

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Flashbacks

So I’ve been here in the Johannesburg Airport for about 8 hours now just waiting. It’s pretty neat because when I came here I had no idea about anything and was completely lost in this strange new place. Now it feels like home. But I’m leaving here to come home… that’s a bit of a strange, confusing feeling.

I can’t wait to tell all of you about the last, most incredible miracle God did for me. It was truly a MIRACLE! God has blessed me so much and I’m so thankful. A woman asked me today, “Why did you come to SA?” And I told her I’m a Christian so I came to tell people about the Lord. She said, “I’m a Christian too!” We just talked about how awesome God is. And then we yelled out in the Joburg International Airport “I LOVE YOU LORD!” God is so awesome because he blesses us to meet other brothers and sisters and proclaim his love in freedom. Ha, God you are the highest, and the greatest, and the LORD OF ALL! Thank you for bringing me home and into the next journey of life you have for me.

All Good Things Come to an End…

Our graduation was beautiful, our night in the town was fun, and my time with my SA family here has been wonderful. I don’t even know how to describe the feeling I have of being blessed. The Bible says so many times if we run the race with perseverance we will receive our reward. I didn’t write very much about the bad things and struggles but there was a heaping mountain of them most of the time. But God has been so FAITHFUL! I can’t even put into words or describe how great and loving he’s been to me. There were so many times where I wanted to quit, or I was swollen with anger, or I just cried all night, but God always calmed me and showed me that he was right there with me. I just wanna shout Psalm 92:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

to sing praises to the Most High.

It is good o proclaim your unfailing

love in the morning,

your faithfulness in the evening…

You thrill me, Lord, with all your have

done for me!

I sing for joy because of what you

have done.

O Lord, what great works you do!

And how deep are your thoughts…

you have made me strong as a

wild ox. You have anointed me with the

finest oil.

          I just want to share a quick testimony about how incredible God is and how he’s lavished his love on me. I was really praying for a week that God would make a way for me to go from Bethlehem to Harrissmith (50 miles) for free or else I’d have to pay $35. There’s only one bus that goes straight to the airport and it leaves from Harrissmith. When the family I’m staying with came to my graduation, my friend told me her father had arranged a ride for me to get to Harrissmith. And I hadn’t even told them I needed a ride!!!! But it gets better…

So then I went to buy my bus ticket. When the lady searched for the bus to the airport, absolutely nothing showed up. There were no buses that would take me to the airport. The closest place was a gas station, and honestly it wasn’t anywhere near the airport. (You’re wondering how this is better, right?) But I didn’t panic or freak out or get mad at the lady for being unhelpful. I just told the Lord, “if I can’t take the bus to the airport, then you’ve got something better planned and I’m gonna trust you in that.” So my life group for my church had a barbeque yesterday and I asked my friend, who’s the church’s receptionist, to send out a text to the members to ask if anyone’s going to Joburg the 14th. But she said no because she’d already asked recently for another person and no ones going. So I just told God again, “Okay, I’m gonna trust you’ve got something better.” A lady heard me and told me she’s really sorry she can’t take me, because she usually takes the YWAM students for free, but it’s just too expensive for her nowadays. “It’s okay, Lord, I’m just gonna trust you’ve made a way,” is what I kept repeating. Then 2 MINUTES LATER she comes back and says, “You’re not gonna believe this, but Corne (Kor-nay) is going to travel up to Joburg the night of the 13th, stay at his parent’s house, then pass by airport the morning of 14th.” Not only is this the man who prayed my send off prayer in the church that morning, but also he’s been like a spiritual brother to me these past 6 months and really taught me a lot. And at the barbeque, his wife and I just laughed and enjoyed ourselves like long-lost friends. He’s someone I know and trust, and it’s free! It could not be a bigger answer to prayer and I’m just so thankful and humbled before God. All that he wants is from us is to trust him, and he’ll show us how AMAZING he is!

I just wanna thank the Lord. There is no one like him. And I know as I come home and enter into a new time in my life, God will continue to lead me, reveal himself, and bless me as he had. A friend of mine told me the word he received for me was Psalm 32:8, “The Lord says, ‘I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” I just want to ask you to pray this word over my life. I’m not ashamed to ask for prayer, because without prayer I’m defenseless and powerless in the Kingdom of God. So please pray Psalm 32:8 over my life and that I’ll walk in God’s pathway all of the precious days God gives me.

Thank you everyone. Thank you for your love. Your comments. Your encouragement. Your finances. For reading this blog. For supporting me. For praying for me. Thank you that no matter where I was in the world, I knew I had someone praying for me-while I slept, when I woke up, when I preached, at all times. You all have been missionaries with me if you did any of this, because you helped shine the good news of Jesus Christ in a dark part of the world. May God bless you so much because he says, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”- and that includes YOU!

I couldn’t be more blessed by this family. I love them so much. Thank you Lord!

Lindley #3 (God is Faithful!)

I’m so sorry it’s been almost a month since I’ve blogged.  November has been one crazy month! The things I’ve seen, felt, and experience can only be summed up as that, crazy! We were in Lindley, South Africa from October 30th to November 18th. I hope you’ll be amazed, inspired, challenged, and encouraged by my crazy stories of what happened.

I’m going to break it down by location/activity because those three weeks were jam-packed.

Clinics– I can’t even count how many days we went to the clinics. Ha, a huge waiting room is a great way to get a captive audience! The clinics here are so different to the U.S. The nurses, doctors, and staff are very open to Christians coming in and never set a time limit. So some days we’d be there for 25 minutes, and other days for 1½ hrs. We always followed the same pattern; introductions, opening prayer, worship, preaching, salvation, & healing. Every time we went at least 10 people dedicated their lives to Christ. I’m honestly telling you I can’t even remember what I preached about from the Bible when it was my day. The Holy Spirit just completely took over and 19 people were saved that day! There was one day we were walking around the black community and this lady stopped us to tell us how her arm had been instantly healed one of the days we went to the clinic, and then she went around telling all the people in her neighborhood about it. Ha, God is great. Everyone who became a Christian gave their information to one of the Pastors so they could attend church and grow in their new faith.

Schools– We went to the schools 4 or 5 times in those 2 weeks. They were all public schools but shew, can they praise the Lord! They looooove to sing and dance about their Savior! There’s one photo of me preaching at a school in Lindley to the middle schoolers. It’s always a privilege to preach, especially to kids because they soak it all in. I taught them from 1 Chronicles 16:11 & 2 Chronicles 16:9 about how if they seek the Lord, he will give them strength. It was really special when I got to hear 150+ kids yell out “Lord, I seek you!” J Because that’s all God really wants from any of us, that we seek him with our whole hearts. If the kids get that from when they’re young, this world has nothin’ on them!

Prisons– Call me crazy, but I love prisons. I love the prisoners, I love talking to them, I love singing with them, I just love being in prisons. If you’ve never been in a prison, don’t judge. I wasn’t supposed to do anything inside the prison because it was an all male prison, and our rule is the men do the program in men’s prisons, and women in women’s prisons. But as I read my Bible the night before, God put a word in my mouth to speak. It’s Mark 13:26&27. The day we went to the Prison the sky was a perfect, clear, and beautiful blue. I told the prisoners blue represents hope and peace, and that’s what we have in Christ Jesus. This passage says that the Son of Man will come on the clouds one day with great power and glory, gathering his chosen ones. I told them that when they look up into a blue sky like that day, to have hope and remember their Savior is going to come back for them one day because they have chosen Him! It was a really powerful moment and I can honestly say I was filled with the Holy Spirit. (I’m not trying to sound super spiritual, that’s just the honest truth!)

Crusades– If you saw my photo of the people lying on the ground, you’ve only gotten a tiny glimpse at what happened. There are no words to even describe the crusades/tent revivals we helped with. There were 2 of them that we did, and they were completely different! One was all about prayer and worshipping the Lord no matter how long it lasted (seriously, 5 hours was too much for me…) And the other was all about dancing, singing, casting out demons, and manifesting the Holy Spirit. For me, these crusades were the most difficult part of our mission trip. Mentally, relationally, spiritually, and physically they were exhausting. We were walking 16 km/10 miles every day to these crusades and back. We had a lot of problems with the Pastors we worked with because they had never been trained or educated Biblically.  Spiritually there was a lot happening. At one crusade, we were really facing problems with the people because they lied to us over and over again. We would do house-to-house evangelism and they would promise to come, and then never show up. At the other crusade many people were demon possessed and shouted, kicked, and cried for hours. One man was contorting so violently, he broke the light bulb and we were in darkness for about 10 minutes. Other people were manifesting the Holy Spirit and falling on the ground weeping, or jumping up and down, or speaking in tongues non-stop. It was just a lot to experience spiritually. For me, I didn’t feel peace with this for several reasons so it was exhausting always trying to discern whether these things were really from God or just from humans. But there was a lot of good as well. Many people came to Christ, many people really were healed and freed from Demons and received the Holy Spirit. But it was pretty crazy for me, coming from a nice n’ cozy, westernized sit down & listen church…

Prayer– By far my favorite part of our outreach was our prayer times. Morning prayer, prayer walks, prayer at the mountain, nighttime prayers, anointing prayers, and prayers for healing. We prayed SO MUCH during this mission trip and that’s why I believe God really worked within me and used my team. We prayed every morning before going anywhere after our own quiet times. We went to the mountain twice at 5am to shower the town of Lindley in prayer and do spiritual warfare. This was really powerful, and really early. 😉 We prayed every night as a team before going our separate ways, thanking God for all he had done that day and committing the next day into his hands. We prayed for healing in the clinics, in people’s houses, at the crusades, in churches; everywhere we went we prayed. There was a man we got to know named Henderson. He was attacked 3 years ago and had no ability to function. The doctors told his wife to pull the pug because he was a “vegetable who will never be able to respond” but God healed him and for over a year he had to relearn everything, from how to move his eyes down to his toes, how to eat, move, walk, everything! About a year after recovering God challenged him to walk 500 km across South Africa telling his fellow countrymen of how our God is a miraculous, gracious God! We met him when he was 7km outside of Lindley and escorted his entry to the city. When we met him it was a hot, sunny day and within 10 minutes it was raining with nickel-sized hail. Afterwards my whole body was red with being beat down by hail with just a t-shirt and shorts on. But it was neat to walk him into his next town and just lift him up in prayer as we walked with him. A few days later we washed & anointed his feet and prayed over him. It was really a blessing to be around him. He is a gentle and kind man who knows what it means to be thankful for life. We held a Pastors meeting the last day we were there and leading up to it we prayed every morning and evening for this (separate from our normal morning/evening prayers.) We had a ram’s horn we blew 7 times in every direction of the town. It was a symbolic battle cry that the walls of division, racism, and spiritual pride are coming down and that pastors of all kinds are being called forth. The pastors meeting went really incredibly and it completely fulfilled our prophetic battle cry! I think this was the closest in my life I have come to doing 1 Thessalonians 5:17, “Pray without ceasing.” God taught me a lot about prayer and through prayer. There was one instance when our host told us, “We must pray for 12 chairs because the group from Argentina is coming tomorrow and we don’t have enough chairs for them.” I actually laughed at this because I thought, what a dumb thing to pray for… chairs. So we prayed and that was that. Then next morning, the pastor living in the compound with us announced, “I want to thank God because I got a phone call this morning that some men have donated 100 chairs and several tables.” He didn’t even know we had prayed for 12 chairs last night. Not only did God answer that prayer but he gave us over and above what we asked for! I was so convicted and humbled afterwards because I thought it was dumb to pray for this, and God still answered the prayer! Prayer is powerful, because God is powerful!

I feel like I’ve said so little about this mission trip, and yet my post is already huge. So I just want to finish with this; God is an incredible Father who shows his love to us every minute of every day. I’m so thankful God goes before me, and yet he never leaves me. Amen.

Psalm 111:2-4,7& 10 “How amazing are the deeds of the Lord! Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. He causes us to remember his wonderful works. How gracious and merciful is our Lord! All he does is just and good. Praise him forever!”

Photos! -In Lesotho and Lindley