Heidi (CITYREACH NETWORK)
I stood on the outside of the crowd of people who had gathered around our team during the outreach. One of our team members was preaching and many were watching intently. I turned to the man standing next to me and asked what he thought. “This is really good,” he responded. His name was Amon and he came from Rwanda to visit a friend.
The preacher asked the crowd if anyone was in need of physical healing and several came to the front. Amon asked me if the people would really be healed. “Watch and see what God can do for the ones who have faith,” I said.
We watched as the team prayed for those who asked for healing and continued to watch as a man began to laugh and jump in excitement. He told his story for the crowd to hear: “I have had pain in my joints and I haven’t been able to fully extend my arm or lift it above my head. Because of this, I have not been able to go to work. After you prayed for me, I can lift my arms with no pain at all! Praise God!” He stood there waving his arms in the air wildly.
Amon’s eyes grew as he listened. He turned to me and said, “You have encouraged me. My faith has grown.”
The miracle of the healing goes a step further and touches those who observe it. One morning this week, our team read Acts 3 together and that passage came to life at the outreach today. “All the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what happened to him.” (Acts 3:9-10)
Grace (Allison Park Church)
We did an outreach yesterday and I had the privilege to speak. I knew that it would happen and God had spoken to me earlier that it would happen, but I still had fear. I thought, I don’t have the right words or I won’t be able to deliver it effectively because I’m not a seasoned pastor. But I made myself available to the Holy Spirit to be used, and because of that, He took over and gave me the words.
I stood there in complete awe because God had told me that He would use me, and in that moment He gave me hundreds of people to pour my heart out to with the words that He has put in my heart. I knew it was a God-ordained moment and I was so overwhelmed with thankfulness and awe of God and that He would chose me to love His people. When God does something, He does it even bigger and better than we could ever imagine. I was thinking that I might speak to a handful of people, but He provided hundreds!
I’ve learned that through my faithfulness and discipline in my walk with God, He doubles the portion of faithfulness back onto me. I’m so blessed by it. When you come to these kinds of trips, you think of other people. You don’t’ want anything for yourself, but God blesses you anyways. It’s amazing to be a blessing and be blessed in the same process.
SOS Aid International
This morning we visited the pop-up medical clinic and talked with Martina Almqvist, founder of SOS Aid International. While the SOS Adventure team is here to preach the gospel, SOS Aid brings their medical team to partner with local doctors and bolsters the already existing clinics.
When the clinic opened at 7am this morning, the waiting room was already full of people. We arrived later in the day and it was still busy! The clinic offers general medical exams, dental exams, and a pharmacy, all of which is set up and torn down each day at a different location in the city.
“Preaching the gospel with our actions and using our gifts – it’s a blessing. You have the strongest impact when you preach the gospel with power and pair that with serving in tangible ways and taking care of people,” Martina shared.