Heidi (CITYREACH NETWORK)
In a quick moment, I was all of the sudden signed up for a mission trip to Africa.
“Sorry this is so last minute,” they said, “but we need an answer today. Do you want to go to Africa?”
I said yes without any hesitation. I love an adventure and I knew this would be a crazy one. And then, I made myself busy for the next month so that I wouldn’t have a chance to think about how nervous I really was.
I’ve heard stories of these trips with Mission SOS – legendary stories – and the things that’ve happened are out of this world…literally. The blind see, the crippled walk, the deaf hear. Hearing those stories is pretty incredible, but being in the middle of it experiencing those wild stories? I wasn’t sure if that was for me.
The mission field is no place for faux-confidence and I knew, coming here, my fear would have to be realized. I finally picked up my journal on our last leg of travel and started to write.
Father, give me the courage to do what You’ve called me to do with reckless abandon. Open my eyes and let me see You.
Before the trip, our team leader Fernando told us, “What you expect is what you’ll see. Come expecting.” I’m expecting! I’m expecting God to open my eyes to His great power and I’m expecting to return home changed.
Tiffany (Mission SOS)
On Sunday, our team split up and preached at many of the local churches. I had the opportunity to preach at a beautiful church of about 200 and I preached on the Holy Spirit. There’s always that moment before you do something when you think, Is this going to happen? Am I going to do this? But we just decided: either we’re going to do it or we’re going to go home.
We saw over 60 people come up and receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and we saw numerous healings. It was incredible to come with the gospel and then to see it happen right before your eyes. We felt so grateful to be chosen to come here. The gospel was completely finished by Jesus, but we now have the opportunity to live it out and experience it here in Uganda.
We’re fired up and we can’t wait to see what God does the rest of this week here in Kampala!