Crazy Things You Find in AfricaSeptember 2, 2009
Hello everybody! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve last updated you last. Seems like a lot of my emails start like that. August 4th I turned 25. It was great to get a Lakers Championship shirt and DVD from my parents that next Friday. One package from my parents and one from my grandma both arrived as people were flowing into a party they were throwing for me. It was a great way to turn a quarter of a century.
So the big news of my life is that I went all the way to Africa to get an American girlfriend. She was part of that group from the states who came here to help build a new classroom for the school. I also joined them on their next stop in Empangeni. Her name is Karen. She’s back in Chicago, but we got to spend a few days together in various locations before she went back. We’re doing the whole long-distance thing for now, but we’ll see what God has in store. She wants me to tell you that she is super cool and that none of us expected this to happen, but it’s definitely a gift from God.
The week following my birthday, I went with a few members of my church to a healing/revival conference in Durban. This was hectic, but it was an incredible week. The days were packed from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day with a two-hour break for lunch and dinner. Randy Clark was the main speaker, who was one of the leaders of the Toronto Blessing. One of the highlights was hearing from Suprisa Sithole, who shared a few stories of how God used him to raise several people from the dead! Crazy stuff. It was cool, because it just wasn’t a learning time, but there was also a time of impartation for healing. On the last day Randy asked if there were people who had never prayed for someone who was healed. Out of the 300+ people in the conference there were 10 who raised their hands. I was one of them. He then asked us to come up front so he could pray for us. It was a special time, where I feel God did something great in me. Now I’m so amped to pray for the sick and have incredible faith to see God’s amazing healing power at work. Now I just got to go pray for the dead to be raised. Why have you never seen someone raised from the dead? Have you ever prayed for a dead person? I haven’t, but hopefully will have enough faith to do so one day.
It’s been quite the challenge teaching these kids, but awesome at the same time. I get to share Bible stories, but really miss preaching and ministering from the word. The Home Based Care ladies of Botshabelo have a training/equipping time every Wednesday morning. Adrian, the guy who usually leads it, has been on holiday for 3 weeks, so he asked me to step in for him. I’ve already got to share twice, and actually should be preparing for my sermon tomorrow, but instead I thought I’d write you fine people. I’ve also had the opportunity to disciple a guy in my life group these last few weeks. I feel called to pastor a church in the near future, and it’s cool to see God already beginning to shape this pastoral side of me, even when I didn’t expect it.
In 4 days, I will have been here 6 months! Please pray for the second half of my work here with Botshabelo and direction for the future, especially for Karen and my relationship. Thanks to all who support me, both financially and prayerfully. You guys are amazing!