Thursday, October 3, 2013

God meant it for good

October 9, 2013, we will have lived in Botswana for 4 years. I can still say after all I have seen the Lord do, I still stand amazed at my Savior. We visited a village yesterday that is a story that only can be fathomed by the mighty God that we serve.

About 10 years ago, there was a young girl named “G” about 17  years old who was continually sick. As most people here do, her family turned to the witch doctor for healing. They left her there under the care of him and eventually he raped her. “G” was so scared and didn’t know what to do and she ran away to her family. She soon found out that she was pregnant. She went back to the witch doctor and he gave her the options to either kill herself, to have an abortion, or to come live with him and he would help take care of the baby. She felt she had no other option than to live with him as her family had little to no money to help care for an addition to the family.

After many years of living there and seeing how this witch doctor was deceiving so many she decided to get out.  She kept looking for a job but never could find anything. As she was asking for help filling out yet another job application, Allison and Kasey, volunteers working with the Lobatse Orphan Care Center at Lobatse Baptist Church told her that God would take care of her if she would fully trust in Him. Allison and Kasey had heard that this girl made some beautiful paper bead necklaces and recommended she make some and they would try to help sell them when they had volunteer teams come in from the States. “G” agreed and sold nearly $300 worth of beads to the first volunteer team which is about 3 months wages. She was amazed and really started to probe further about trusting God fully. She had heard about Jesus before but she had so much anger and resentment in her heart towards the witch doctor that she felt like she could never forgive him. The Lord began to work on her heart, and she finally realized how much Christ forgave her and that she did need to forgive him so she could be saved. She did and now here comes the best part…

Genesis 50:20 “But as for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day to save many people.”  Now 10 years later “G” has now started a paper bead necklace making group in her yard to earn money for her family and for those in the village who need help. People from all over the village are now coming and meeting at her house two times a day for bible study. Where once there was such darkness there is such light.

I knew “G” 4 years ago when we first moved to Botswana and she was in the darkness. She accepted Christ about 9 months ago and when I saw her yesterday for the 1st time there was a definite change and a light radiating from her that can only come from Christ. To God be all the glory!

Below are pictures from our visit to the village yesterday to take part in one of their bible studies.

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Above: “G” and Allison sharing a teaching from the Bible.

Below: “G” standing in the front of the crowd giving her testimony. Many from the village already new “G” and could see the change the Lord has done in her life.

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Above: These are the 4 people who make paper bead necklaces every day. The young man is blind but yet he still can make money for his family.

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“G”, her grandmother, and myself

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