Today we began to enjoy the beauty that is the Kruger National Park. It is full of all kinds of amazing creatures, teeming with life and abundance. We saw so many kinds of animals, both big and small and basked in the glory of God’s amazing creation. This time has also been spent as a reflection among our team, processing each piece of this amazing experience. We’re working through photos to remind ourselves from where we’ve come, we’re remembering experiences and faces. We’re trying to discern God’s voice in this still place.
As we wrestle with future plans, the experiences we’ve shared with both Swazis and our team, we are reminded of the story in Genesis 28 when Jacob dreams at Bethel. Here’s the full text:
We want to go back to our own Bethel. Want to return to that sacred, holy ground again and breathe the smoky air. Jacob’s dream changes him. It rocks him. It changes the direction of his life, and God uses it to make a bold proclamation of promise over Him. Pray for us to consider Swaziland as our own Bethel. God has made promises to us here on this trip. Let us remember God’s promises as we continue to process all that we have seen and heard. Let us declare God’s promises back to Him. Pray them back in faithfulness to Him. We continue to beg for our prayers as we sit stilly as the foot of the cross.
Father, you know us and love us. Continue to reveal our own Bethel to us. Take us back to your holy ground. Cover us with your love and grace. Amen
We have been undone today. We spent most of the morning with Daran and Theresa Rehmeyer, the founders of Kudvumisa Foundation. All we can even begin to say is, “wow.” We bore witness to the incredible work they are doing here. Their clinic is literally dreams being birthed into reality as you read this. There are walls and tiles and paint and rooms that are going to touch the lives of many in the northeast. Their guest house is a shell — waiting to be filled with guests helping provide sustainability for their healthcare and economic ministries.
If we could bottle up this feeling, we would. This vision of being called. These dreams that are becoming realities.Today we have been moved to our knees by the Lord and his work here in Swaziland. We’ve seen vision taking shape in each of us for our lives, for our call here to this country, and our passion has been ignited into flames. We’ve seen a movement in ourselves, in our team. The ground we’ve talked today and this week is holy. Holy moments.
As we drove over the border today, we without a doubt left our hearts on the other side of it. We’ve left our hearts in Eswatini. We’ve left our hearts in Mbabane. In Nhlangano. In Tshaneni. It’s dirt has gotten into our skin. It’s people have bored holes in our hearts. It’s beauty will not leave us anytime soon. Pray for us as we begin to sort out the emotions and the experiences we’ve had. We covet those prayers, as we need time to hurt. To let those files burn. To bottle up these feelings. To remember. To breathe slowly.
Father, we need you now more than ever. Soothe our broken hearts. Help us take our love home. Allow us to be undone. Amen.