In most of the areas we visited each of the little villages were separated and blocked off. The pastor told us that the area is very territorial. No one entered the others area. However, there were several open fields and places for them to come together. Little fields where they congregated and the children played games, flew kites and had a good time.
On many of the ministry stops we simply stopped the bus and took groups through the streets with a translator to invite people to the park.
They didn’t seem to mind us in their areas at all. Most received us and were happy to have us there.
We were happy to be there.
At the park we had face painting, soccer tournaments, jump roping.
We had not planned to braid hair but the children and some of the younger ladies fell in love with our teams long beautiful braids and they asked them to braid their hair too.
So they did.
We had the activities for about 45 minutes. Then we went straight into the dramas.
Each drama had its own message and most of them had no words, just music.
After the dramas there was an invitation to the group to accept Christ.
After they prayed the groups went through the crowd praying and chatting with people.
Most of the kids love soccer. However in a few places the children shared with us that they don’t play a lot because there are no balls. So each area we stopped we were able to leave several balls for them.
We also left a lot of hope.
It was good.
One of the field ministry days I was asked to share the meaning of each skit and give the crowd the opportunity to become Christians.
I shared (with the help of translator) the meaning of what they had just seen…
God is waiting for every person to give their heart to Him. He is our creator and He made us each for a specific purpose. He sent Jesus, His son, to the earth to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our wrong.
All we have to do is receive it. Accept it. Nothing we can do to earn it. Nothing too bad that we’ve done that can prevent us from having it. Never to young. Never to old. Never too early. Never too late.
Once we receive the gift our spirit is awakened and we can have the joy, peace and purpose that can only come from a relationship with Jesus.
Not only does He restore us and provide a new life here on earth but He has also promised an eternity with Him in Heaven. Our Forever is secure in Him.
We just have to believe and receive it by faith.
I prayed, the translator translated and they repeated a simple prayer that will change their life forever. They asked Jesus to come into their heart, make them whole, and guide and lead their steps into His will...
the only place that we can find true freedom.
It was really good.
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