Today was our final full day of ministry while here in Swaziland. As always, it was bitter sweet. It was also very hot! 111 degrees hot. The cheese sandwiches we had made for lunch became melted cheese sandwiches. And yet, this amazing group of people served the God they love with everything they had in them.
It has been amazing to see this mission team in action. The doctors are incredible. I have watched as they immobilized two broken arms with card board splints. I have seen minor surgery performed to remove a worm/larvae that had been living in a young boy’s arm. I have been privileged to observe doctors pray with patients they just met to help meet all of their needs. God orchestrated the coming together of an incredible and dedicated group of people from five states who have shared life changing experiences.
While the medical team was meeting physical needs, another part of our team was meeting other needs. Led by Greg and Hannah Poe and Judy Bond, they were introducing about 45 Swazis to the Community Bible Study curriculum and training them techniques and methods to teach and share God’s Word in their respective communities. For a day and a half, these church leaders, in the same heat as the medical team, practice being coaches, leaders and encouragers. Our prayer is that each one will begin a Bible Study in their community and train others to do the same just as Paul admonished Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:2.
We are so thankful for our translators who walked with us every step of this journey. They also ate the same melted cheese sandwiches and drank the same hot water. They did this without complaint and with a joy that only those who know them can envision. These trips could not be possible without their help. They truly are men and women of God.
Tomorrow we will worship together with our precious Swazi friends. We ask that you pray for us as we will be praying for you in your services back home. Thank you for your prayers already. They have been working in a mighty way. As best as we can tell, we have had over 60 people come to know Jesus as their Savior through our being this trip. Our God is an awesome God! By the way, melted cheese sandwiches are pretty good.
Blessings to you all!
We have been praying the Lord would send rain to Swaziland and He has heard our prayers. Oh, how He has heard our prayers! We are soggy, but full of joy.
Clinics are gong well. Bucket distribution has been a blessing to those receiving the hospice buckets, but even more of a blessing to those dong the delivering. People are coming to trust Jesus as Savior and lives are being changed for eternity. Becky and Sarah are impacting lives in some of the local pre-schools. God has placed a wonderfully unified group of people here in Swaziland.
Because of the rain, and the length of our days, we have made the very difficult decision to not have revival services on Tuesday and Wednesday as previously planned. The rain has made travel difficult and the medical practitioners, and the rest of us are very tired after seeing between 200 and 350 people each of the two days.
Please continue to pray for lives to be changed. Pray for safety as we travel the roads of Swaziland. Please pray that the Swazi people would be receptive to Gospel that is being shared with them.
Blessings to you all!
“I have never experienced anything like that before.” “That was incredible.” “People at home are missing out on so much not to experience worship like this.” “I wish now I had started coming here seven years ago.” These are just a few quotes from today regarding our worship time with our Swazi friends.
It truly has been a phenomenal day. It was such a privilege to join our friends in worship this morning. We were warmly welcomed at Vuvulane Baptist Church. Of course they didn’t have much choice, as it was well into the 90’s. The Lord was present and we gathered around the Lord’s Table for a time of personal reflection and renewal.
We enjoyed an African Braai, complete with grilled pork chops, sausages and a steak. The best part was that many of our Swazi friends from years past were able to join us. It is always such a blessing to spend time with these special people.
Tonight we prepared the medicines for distribution at the clinics. As mind numbing as counting pills can be, we had a wonderful time getting to know one another even better. The majority of this team had never met until we met at the Atlanta airport. To watch God’s plan for this team to be joined together as one is nothing short of a miracle.
Please continue to pray for our unity as a team. They are truly working. We ask that you all pray for divine opportunities and the insight to see them through. Pray for our families back home. We miss them and love them. Thank you for your faithfulness!
As I lie here in the quiet of the South African morning, listening to the birds and the rhythmic breathing of two men I only met two days ago, I am reminded how good God is. Only He can take 19 people from NC, KY, TN, AL and TX, put us on a plane for 16 hours and arrive safely as one Body. We had a great dinner last night with a lot of great first time conversations, as well as lots of catching up with dear friends. To say that we are excited about being God’s hands and feet would be a vast understatement.
Today we drive to Swaziland. Please continue to keep us in your prayers asking that God will use us as only He can. We will meet with some pastors and our translators tonight over dinner. These are dear people that some of us have known for many years and have developed a great love for. We so look forward to that sweet time together. And yet, we can’t help but think of those who are no longer with us physically on this earth and the impact that they have had on this Partnership.
Please continue to pray. Ask God to keep us safe. Ask Him to use us in a mighty way, as we minister to the spiritual and physical needs of the Swazi people. Pray that God keeps us together – unified in spirit and purpose. Please keep our families back home in your prayers.
We are forever grateful for the part you know have on your knees, undergirding us with your love and support.
2018 Swazi Medical Mission Team
One week from today I will be boarding a plane for my second visit to Swaziland. My first time in Swaziland was in August 2016. I heard about Wayne and Barbara Myers while attending the Kentucky WMU Annual Meeting in April of 2016. A couple of years prior I had made the statement that I would love to be able to deliver the BGR buckets. I hadn’t really thought much more about that possibility until I heard Wayne and Barbara share how the buckets were being used in Swaziland. Again I had the desire to be a part of distributing the BGR buckets.
I am by nature an introvert, but that day while in a small group breakout session with Wayne and Barbara, I found the courage to ask what I needed to do to be a part of delivering buckets in Swaziland. (I had never heard of Swaziland before that day.) The Myers took my information and before long I was headed to Africa with five others. That trip was an amazing blessing. I knew I wanted to return sometime in the future.
I will have to say I was reluctant to say yes when Wayne first asked me to be a part of the February 2018 team. My first thoughts were about the cost. Could I afford to go again so soon? As I prayed about my decision, God clearly spoke through a message my pastor preached: “…Seek My kingdom and My way, and allow Me to provide for you.” (Matt. 6:33) God has definitely been faithful to that promise. I am so excited to have another opportunity to serve the Lord in Swaziland. I am looking foward to seeing old friends and making new ones.
I learned last trip the essential role of prayer support while serving in Swaziland. So, we covet your prayers. You can be a vital part of what God wants to accomplish in and through this team. This time in the comfort of your home. Maybe next time in Swaziland.