Last week I returned from a visit home to the USA. As I disembarked from the plane in Yei, South Sudan I learned that one of our teenagers was very sick. She had just been released from a local clinic and was standing by the road when we came to pick her up, blood pouring into some gauze pads from her nose and mouth. I was shocked that they released her and told my driver, “Let’s go straight to the hospital at Harvesters.” We are fortunate because the other big orphanage here in Yei is run by some Americans from Texas. They have a very nice small hospital on site which cares for women and children and I trust them more than anywhere else.
She stayed overnight and was released to us the next day. That night it started all over again. I am talking a lot of blood here, not just a typical nosebleed. Off we went again through the bush in the dark of night. On the way I told the girls who came with us and our driver (our pastor) the testimony about a missionary, Jackie Pullinger, inHong Kong who reaches the opium and heroin addicts there. She first them to accept Jesus and immediately baptizes them in the Holy Spirit. She then tells them to speak in tongues and prays for them until they do. She then told them that whenever they felt withdrawal pains etc… immediately pray in tongues and God WILL deliver them immediately. Most of them did obey and they were pain free, symptom free while quitting.
After I told our girls this story I told them we needed to pray right then for Ame in the Spirit as we drove to the hospital. We all did and her bleeding stopped! We went ahead to the hospital where she remained there that night with three of her sisters and mama (we are all family here). Later that night her bleeding started again and they prayed and it stopped. They had a couple more episodes before she was finally released to us healed.
She had a severe case of malaria and the doctors said that some people react that way, most don’t. He said it looks scarier than it is because her blood tests were good and strong. I am just so thankful that Harvesters is here and even more thankful for the gift of the Holy Spirit and all that He has and does for us. Can you just picture our girl standing on the roadside, dust flying as trucks race by, holding bloody gauze to her face, wondering what is going to happen to her? That is normal life here in the third world.
I can’t say it enough, prayer has to be first and foremost in all we do. Jesus has to be the answer to every need.
Shall I give anothertestimony? I prayed that God would send me back into South Sudan with enough money to finally put up a much needed security fence. We have never had one and with the town growing closer we really needed one. My base manager and I walked things out and figured costs as best we could and estimated it would cost $5,000. The night before I left to come to South Sudan, I mean the very night before, someone gave me a gift of $5,000! Hahaha! So I said lets get to building! Well, the final estimate was $10,000 ☹ I had a quiet conversation with Jesus and really felt we should go ahead with it. I told my staff and the builder, “I have to trust God in this and believe He will bring the funds for food for His children. Let’s build.”
Two days later I checked my email and saw one from Iris UK London. I have no earthly idea how they found me or how they knew to email me. Maybe they looked at the website, I don’t know. The email said
basically, “We have been trying to figure out who handles your base finances but to no avail. We have 2,000 UK pounds to give you.” That is $3,700 in US dollars! In faith, I prayed and declared and believed that God would help us. God is so wonderfully amazing, such a good, good Father, such a loving and caring Daddy. It’s not about our strength in prayer or our abilities or qualifications or works, it’s that He is faithful. We just need to believe and ask. Oh I love Him so.
I bless you, each one, in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and declare that His grace rests upon you, giving you special favor in all you do to advance the kingdom of God, whatever that may look like for each day!