HOTS returned this week after a long pause. It was a great feeling to be back again on the streets and join the team for prayers. We have a saying in Africa that goes like ” No hurry in Africa”. On Monday, I totally embraced it: I reported late hence the team didn’t have enough time to prepare in prayers / confessions and so forth. I was feeling miserable as I was running through the streets to try to beat time. As we prepared briefly I was still harsh with myself but we still went to the streets.
This week similar to previous HOTS, a number of people were sceptical of what we were doing, some asked questions as they passed, some stared and left without saying a word. Then there were those who decided to come and enquire.
We were we blesssed to reach out to a number of people, lots with social needs, infact in the first half of our prayers, a greater percentage were people who either wanted their business to improve or were requesting prayers for job openings.
I was in a team with Florence, and Jon with Eunice. In the process of praying we noticed Jon and Eunice had taken long with a middle-aged man, actually we prayed for two people while they were still with the same person. We usually try to make our prayers short and precise so later I enquired about it from them.
Let us call the middle-aged man James (not his real name). When James stopped for prayers, he asked to be prayed for a skin problem on his feet, and also a problem with his digestion. As the team continued to pray with him, there was a feeling that God wanted to touch James more, in the course of prayers James started to feel hot and was encouraged to breath in and out. As this was going on James felt a sense of encouragement as the team encouraged him in the Lord and asked him to wait upon the Lord.
James was not alone in seeing the miracle of the Lord. A lady, I shall call her Petronila, too received her healing as her back pain disappeared and the team shared some of the pictures they were able to see as they were praying for her. We thank God for the people we were able to pray with.
Back to me feeling misrealble and guilty for making the team not prepare enough. This reminded me of something I have always known – the work of the Lord is bigger than being dependant on me – His purposes will prevail despite me – I am just his tool that he chooses to use at this time and moment.