I would love to share with you the wonderful day we had with Christ. We have been having an extraordinary time and each new village is filled with an interesting an unique experience.
First, I’ll give a little backdrop of my trip so far. The first day for me was filled with many different challenges and victories. It was 100 degrees, filled with dust, and the people and atmosphere were very chaotic. I was so tired I felt I might not be well the rest of the trip, however, by the grace of God I recovered quite well the next day. This day brought new experiences as well. This village was wonderful and the people were very traditional and all looked absolutely beautiful. The women dressed in traditional dresses, the men dressed nice, and the kids were all very athletic. At these two villages combined we probably saw 50-70 people come to Christ at Hermano Jesus’s fiery preaching. We shared testimonies, worshipped in front of the crowd, and prayed over all the people each day.
The next two days were filled with joyous construction, food, and the love of the kids. In Lorena, the kids had met missonaries before and were prepared for the Christ-centered love they were about to receive. They would willingly jump into our arms, ride on our backs, come us and tickle us, and not to mention yell “dolce” (candy) repeatedly.
Today, however stood out above the rest as we all stepped into a new type of Christ-centered worship and prayer that we had never experienced. We started out the day with breakfast, devos, and singing in the van. We arrived in the village in the morning and hastily finished our roofs and decorations. We had a delicious lunch and Dan explained to us the details of the dedication. Little did we know we would be praying, worshipping, and crying out earnestly to God for 6 hours.
He explained the details which involved giving gifts, a bible being passed out by Dan, and Hermano Jesus preaching the Gospel to the family. In addition to this the rest of the team (with the exception of some time playing with kids) would be praying, worshipping, laying hands on each other, laying hands on the house, and breaking into sub-groups to pray for specific needs.
The first house we prayed for went well. We all sat in a circle and took turns praying and also started singing praise songs. In addition to this we decided at one point to surround the house and pray for the salvation of the people inside. At this house all or the majority of the house excepted Christ. This was encouraging. The second house went very similarly and the prayers and worshipped continued to get deeper.
After the second house I took some time off the play with the children. This included an adorable little girl named Jennifer who I absolutely adored! Children are certainly a blessing from God and we don’t embrace that enough in America. We did the hokie pokie, played tag, follow the leader, and various other games. It was an absolute blast.
After I was exhausted from playing with the children I decided to go back and pray for the third house. This house was somewhat of a blessing and a curse for us. However, it certainly stoked a flame inside of us and allowed us to really focus on Jesus for the rest of the day. As I got to the house many people were around the house worshipping and praying. It gradually kept getting more in-depth and intense. I started praying for the family and also for the Lord to soften my heart so His spirit to work through me.
Soon enough I was crying out to God purely from the Holy Spirit and the prayer just took over my mind and body. I was praying solely from Spirit in one of those glorious moments where the words just seemed to flow supernaturally. Tears were rolling down my eyes and I was just simply joyful for the work God was doing. Tamara was next to me and we seemed to be praying in one mind. Soon enough Dan informed us that the parents did not want to except Christ. At this point we prayed with even deeper fervor and the passion and love just started flowing from within.
Many people including myself had started to cry at this point. We all wanted so greatly to glorify God and to see these people saved that it hurt to see them initially deny Christ. I was sad at one point and joyful at one point knowing that we were doing the will of God. However, a couple of the team members were so sorrowed at this that they cried for 20 or 30 minutes. We all comforted each other and prayed to God acknowleding that His will be done not ours. Eventually, our prayers payed off and we believe that the parents did indeed come or are close to coming to Christ.
Although, this experience was somewhat sombering it gave us the drive and the unity to move on with even more passion. The next house was built for a man who was a widower. We continued to pray and worship God intensely. We were praying with each other, singing loudly, laying hands on the house, and the Spirit was truly working in us. My group decided we should break off and start our own prayer and for about 20 minutes we each prayed passionately for the people in our house, the man in the other house, God’s will, asking for His spirit to be upon us, and asking Him to just drive out any wrong from our hearts. The man ended up rededicating his life to Christ and we were very happy at this.
The last house was our group and the family was overjoyed with the love that was shown to them from the start. From the beginning she was saying “Thank you” and “Bless you” repeatedly. I could tell that her heart was fertile and ready to receive the Good News of Jesus. She had 3 kids and one was too small to understand. The children too looked very fertile as children always are and we were very encouraged. We prayed, watched Dan hand them the Bible and speak, and saw Hermano Jesus deliver a powerful message.
Everyone with the exception of the younger child was ready to step forward and receive Christ. We prayed over them in every area you can think of and then we said the prayer. After they had accepted Jesus we prayed for them some more. We then said our goodbye’s to the family and gave them all hugs. The children looked very somber in a good way and the mother was sobbing uncontrollably.
I can say with an honest heart that I as well as many other team members, have never prayed, worshipped, or hoped so hard in my life. It was truly incredible to experience that level of unity, worship, and love in a single day. We ended the day with a nice van ride, testimonies, car worship, tears, and of course lots of laughter and joy as we got back to base.
We saw anywhere from 80-100 people get saved from simply spreading the Gospel message in small villages and households. God is good and his spirit is alive and powerful today. Our prayers were heard, we were used to work with God, and God was glorified, amen.
-Nate Witt (Boomer)