As our bus approached the church today, laboring over the giant ruts in the dusty dirt road, we could hear the sound of worship coming from the church some distance away.
Immediately our excitement rose to new levels as the sound of hundreds of worshipers praising God mixed with the joyful squeals of the children as they jumped up and down, waving us a joyous welcome.
At that point the Holy Spirit fills you with that Godly, indescribable joy that we all long for. Then the indescribable peace that transcends all understanding wrapped its arms around us and escorted us into the church.
Our team joined their worship team on stage, dancing and singing to those African beats that take you to new heights. We knew that the Holy Spirit was in this place, we knew that Jesus was there, and we knew it was a special time with our God.
Mark Taylor was the guest preacher of the day and began his sermon talking about the responsibility of every believer, including those in Kigungu, to go out and meet the needs of the world, including their responsibility to share what they have with their neighbors that have less.
The sermon moved on to the topic of children. Specifically The responsibility of every person in Africa to cherish their children and all the children of Africa. As Mark spoke about everyone’s responsibility to protect all of the children, a commotion began outside the church gate.
A woman was beating a two-year old child. As the child fell, the woman began screaming and kicking the child as he lay there in the dirt. A Compassion representative rushed to the child’s aid, taking the child from the woman, who was not the child’s mother. The police arrived and took the woman and the child away.
Satan could not step onto the property of Kigungu Deliverance Church today. The Spirit of God prevented it. So he stood outside the gate, hating the church, hating the worshipers, hating those who came so far on behalf of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And Satan made sure we knew he was there lurking, hating and waiting to devour.
We had an awesome day today and we were not so gently reminded of the dangers around us. We are reminded that bathing this team in prayer is critical to our safety. Please pray with us and for us.