What happens when a missionary wife pleads with God to reveal Himself? One day no too long ago, Kari Saul, a SSMF missionary serving in Kenya with her husband Randy, did just that. The amazing way God responded should provoke all of His children to make a similar plea to HIm.
This morning I woke up at – what is becoming normal – around 4:45 to the first crows of the rooster.
I have been using my early mornings to pray and intercede – usually for my family during this time. Then I get up just before dawn, and by candle light, I prepare some breakfast, usually a hard boiled egg and a banana.
Then I have my quiet time and I begin with a devotional given to me by a very sweet lady in our church, just before we left to come to Africa. It’s called Voices of the Faithful and is a daily devotional written by missionaries from across the world.
So – today – the devotion was about a young girl in this missionary’s village who had brought a neighbor to church.
After the service they were given time to introduce any guests and as this young girl was introducing the guest she invited, her guest leaned over to whisper in her ear.
With a huge grin, the young girl announced that her neighbor wanted to receive Jesus. The church went silent as she walked over to a prayer partner who led her in prayer.
When he was finished he said “AMEN” just a bit louder.
The church broke into spontaneous cheering, song, praise and celebration.
The missionary pondered the celebration and rejoicing that was happening at that very moment in heaven.
This devotional made me desire that celebration. I even posted the devotion this morning on FB, as I was praying for opportunity.
As I read through Colossians again this morning, I continued thinking, “God, reveal Yourself today!”
So – we loaded up and took the 80 minute drive to Suneka, a village on the other side of Kisii Town, where I would be starting another class with the women there today!
I was excited to have this chance again.
For three hours, 15 women crammed into a little room, with each wall covered in mismatched lace, flowers hanging from the rafters, and the two tables on hand covered with cloths that reminded me of something my grandmother would have had.
We had a remarkable time in the WORD.
We introduced Paul’s letter to the Colossians, listened to it read in Kiswahili by a great program I found and then we began to look at the book inductively.
I spent a good amount of time today, introducing and sharing about myself, my love for God’s Word and why I love this book. I shared about my family and my church back home.
All this I can do in Kiswahili and the women love to hear me fumble through that.
Then, we looked at how being IN CHRIST is all we need and we looked at how the FULLNESS OF GOD is available to those who believe.
We skirted over the book and God stirred in each of us an excitement at what He has in store for us over the next couple months.
As we were finishing, Randy came to the door.
He peeked his head in and excused himself for interrupting and ushered two women in. “These ladies would like some prayer.”
We welcomed them in, “Karibu-sana!”
—One of these women wanted prayer for a husband. She wants to be married.
—The other wanted prayer for her husband, stating he needed to know Jesus.
Through my interpreter I shared a few things, and then my interpreter turned to them and asked them if they were saved–if they have ever repented of their sins and asked Jesus to their Savior.
To my surprise both of them said no.
Without thinking, I asked:
“Why then do you want your husband to be saved?”
“Why would you come here asking for prayer to a God you don’t know?”
“You know your husband needs salvation, do you not realize you too need to be saved?”
She began to cry.
What happened next is hard to explain, but the Holy Spirit filled the room as these two women literally fell to their knees.
The prayers were in Kiswahili.
The questions and answers were as well.
What I witnessed was salvation… salvation and celebration and rejoicing and singing.
Just that morning, I asked God to reveal HIMSELF–to let me see Him at work, and in HIS A-MA-ZING faithfulness, He totally answered my prayer!
What’s more, I watched the women I had just sat with for 3 hours, sharing the very scriptures from their notes that we had gone over in our study.
They told these ladies they were new creations in Christ.
Then, they were given a piece of paper, with references to my favorite prayers in all of scripture – the four of Paul’s in Ephesians, Philippians and in Colossians.
The women were telling these two they needed to pray for their husbands, both the one that already had a husband and the one that wanted one.
THEN — they assigned the ladies a partner that will tend to them and make certain they are in church on Sunday and would be sure they join us next week!!!!!
This was my day today witness to the miracle of salvation, a part of the celebration with the angels, and allowed to be a part of God at Work!!!!