Wednesday, March 15, 2006

“For YOU do great things. Your Name shall be praised.”

My head is swimming in the goodness of God!! Today has been a long very busy day, full of emotions and thoughts. Quite frankly, it was a bit hectic and by the time 4:30 came around (the time for our Women’s Bible Study) both Erin and I were feeling the effects of a full day. I felt scattered and even a bit discouraged. I felt rushed and somewhat uncertain, especially since Nadine couldn’t make it tonight, and she usually helps us with translation, since the women who come regularly are Afrikaans speakers who aren’t too confident in their English. Erin and I took a minute in my room to pray for the study and ask the Lord to speak, and translate Himself as needed. We are going through the book of Colossians, and are walking through a question sheet we compiled that takes it verse by verse. Tonight as we talked with the women and as they took turns reading the Word and we discussed what the scripture was saying, I could totally sense God working. We had no translation, yet honestly, tonight the women were the most talkative and interactive that I have ever seen them yet. It was certainly the Lord. As we finished with the study for tonight, Erin asked if there were things we could be praying for; specific requests from the women. There were a few that were shared, and then this from Nelda: “You could please pray for me, because I want to repent.” This is HUGE. God has drawn her to Himself. Nelda’s husband, Christaan is a new believer, having placed his trust in Christ in June, and he has continued steadfastly praying for his wife, along with us, that she would also hear God, and that He would draw her through hope in Christ. In the last months, especially since the birth and death of her infant daughter, Nelda has been attending the Thursday gathering here and the Wednesday Women’s study. She often comes on Thursday on her own, even when Christaan is unable to. I have seen her beginning to open up to us, beginning to read and follow along in her Bible, beginning to be interested in and respond to the things of God. And tonight, He called to her. How exciting that we got to see it!!! Erin said, with a huge excited smile, “Have you talked to Christaan yet? Does he know?” and Nelda said, “No, it happened just now.” Wow. And to top that off, she immediately said, “and I want to be baptized.” I wish I could be a fly on the wall for when Christaan comes home tonight to witness the rejoicing that will happen when husband and wife pray together for the first time as a couple united in Christ - born again. Our Father is very very good. Ons Vader es baie baie lekker! (and please excuse my poor Afrikaans!) Please pray for Christaan and Nelda!


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4 comments:

ambrosia said...

praise God for Nelda's heart and praise Him for your and Erin's leadership!!!!! WoooHoooo.

michael said...

that is such an answer to prayer... if you could let them know we are praying for them, that would be great! Love ya!

Beauty4Ashes274 said...

praise the Lord! that encourages me to no end. i am praying for nelda and christaan. and for you and everybody else in namibia. :)

ashira said...

Praise the lord!