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Gambia 2017

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What an incredible day! We began our day in a local fish market, the stench of dry fish baking in the sun filled the air. Our team began to pray that as we walked into the market we would overcome the stench with the sweet aroma of Christ! The management resisted our desire to perform the “Freedom” drama at first. Twice, they stopped us from continuing the drama. Students began to gather and pray. For over an hour I sat with the main boss of the fish market, sharing our purpose and desire to serve the people. In the middle of our intense conversation, the assistant turned to me and said, ” Write a request and in five minutes, you will not be disappointed.” I grabbed the little paper I had and wrote the request to perform our drama in the market. The main boss took the request, and before we knew it we had gone from being told, ” You will not perform your drama here today” to ” You are welcome; please perform for our people.” Prayer is powerful, and it changes situations.

Our team learned today that to push back darkness, you must persevere and not give up. Calling souls out of the stronghold of darkness does not happen without a spiritual fight. God did many things today, and we rejoice because not only did we perform the drama, we saw souls pulled from darkness to light!

Thank you for laboring in prayer with us. “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy will be done, on earth ( in The Gambia) as it is in heaven!” Amen. #jesushasdecided #awestar #usherHimback

Peggy Nunley
Country Coordinator

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Sundays here in Africa are the day of the week you get to experience the joy of worshipping with those who make you long for heaven. Our day begins with church that lasts well into the late afternoon. You hear special testimonies, special songs, African dancing–even dancing to give your tithe & offering. It is what Pentecost must have been like to the Baptists.😳😂

Tonight after church we decided to prayerwalk to the beach and spend some time in team worship/teaching to recharge for the next week of intense ministry. We arrived at the beach to only discover this is the one day of the week that the beach is full of nationals. When I say full, I mean hundreds and hundreds of families line the beach and sit & swim. We worshipped for about 10 minutes then broke into ministry groups and began sharing the gospel along the Atlantic coast. What are the chances the one day of the week we decide to go, every family in The Gambia is there? 100 percent with Jesus, every time! #divineencounter #awestar #jesushasdecided #usherHimback

Peggy Nunley, Country Coordinator

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes! I feel so loved and blessed! I can’t imagine a better Birthday than being on African soil sharing the gospel! It’s the best gift I could ever receive!

Today our team had a day to catch up on laundry, sleep, and time to reflect and recharge for the coming week. Our Breaking Borders Medical Providers boarded a plane home today. Before they left, we did get one final team time together: THE MONKEY PARK! #awestar #breakingborders #jesushasdecided #usherHimback

Peggy Nunley
Country Coordinator

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Today was our final clinic. When we tallied the numbers from the last week, we realized we had seen around 1100 people. Needless to say, we are exhausted and yet so full. Amazing how the more you give, the more you feel filled to give more! We feel privileged to be a part of such an incredible partnership with the local church in a place where suffering and sacrifice go hand in hand with the gospel.

The rains in the night prevented us from entering Yuna village today to see our final patients, but God was faithful. Pastor Martins, our in-country contact and dear brother in Christ, arranged to have buses bring the remaining patients to the church. They were so excited and could not believe we would not forget them. We saw 200+ patients today to make sure no one was left out. We want them to know healing, hope and peace come from Jesus Christ through God’s people who serve from God’s house. When they struggle, they will remember to come to God’s house, and God’s people will care for them. #jesushasdecided #ihavedecided #awestar #breakingborders #usherHimhome

 

Peggy Nunley, Country Coordinator

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Five hundred-plus patients later, and a team who has learned and trained local church members in medical skills they just learned now sits rejoicing at the great things God has done! Today, we were told the local Marabou ( witch doctor) had seen the Awe Star “Freedom” drama the day before at the clinic. He returned this afternoon to tell us of a dream he had in the night of Jesus holding the booklet he read to receive his glasses. He had been given glasses at the clinic ( his eyes were checked by using a small Scripture booklet). He was so impacted by the dream that all he could do was ask about Jesus! Needless to say, He left the clinic today a new believer in Jesus Christ!

Each student has been pressing through the intensity of the medical mission while still being energized to present the drama when opportunity becomes available. They have risen to the demand and displayed character that validates this gospel message we present as we meet physical needs. I’m proud of how each student has chosen to “decrease, so Christ can increase.”

We had a challenge when we arrived that our PA system was plugged in without a converter and it blew the transformer, preventing it from working. If anyone knows how Awe Star operates, you know we can’t function without a portable PA system! We prayed and prayed and searched for a means to fix it or replace it. In the meantime a student, Noah Lehew, stepped up and helped us bypass the transformer in the PA system so we could continue to do the drama despite the technical issue. I want to give a big shoutout to Noah because he has sat in some pretty crazy spots trying to open and reopen this complicated system to enable us to use it while we looked for a solution. Last night were able to get the transformer converted to 220v. We prayed as we plugged it in, and it worked! Praise God! Thank you for those who prayed and knew the challenge we were facing. Nothing is too big for our God! 

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The Gambia team has had limited wifi, so we pulled these photos from yesterday’s Facebook post (shared by phone) for those of you who haven’t been able to see them yet. The leadership will share more photos when they can. Thank you for their faithful prayers for the great things God is doing in and through them in The Gambia!

 

Awe Star Staff 

Today began the first day of the rainy season here in Gambia. Dirt roads flooded and mosquitoes filled the night air. But more than rain fell from the sky today, His presence fell among us. We began our day in worship as a team and continued in worship as we served in meeting needs and sharing the gospel. Stories of suffering from so many patients gripped our hearts, but more so we know it grips the heart of our Father. Thank you for praying for us and the many divine encounters God is arranging. He has been and continues to be faithful! #awestar #breakingborders #usherHimback#jesushasdecided

(This post was delayed in publishing because of slow wifi, which is why there are no new pictures yet. We will add some when we can!)

 

 

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What an incredible day! From malaria tests to splinting a white ram, we saw everything you could imagine in our medical clinic today. What a joy to serve, love on and share Jesus with so many today! Students learned how to give injections and count pills for our mobile pharmacy, all while calling a translator to share the gospel and pray over needs. Physical and spiritual needs collided today as we called out for God’s wisdom & strength to be light among a hurting people. #awestar #breakingborders #usherHimback#beautifulfeet #jesushasdecided

  

Today we spent about four hours in church worshipping alongside our African brothers and sisters in Christ. What a joy to sing together, attempt African dancing (LOL) and examine God’s Word with those we will enjoy heaven with one day! We also were able to share the gospel through the Awe Star drama and saw several come to Christ. It was a day of rejoicing at the great things God has done! In the evening we began some basic medical training. Our first Medical Clinic will be tomorrow!  #awestar #jesushasdecided #usherHimback #breakingborders

 

If you would like to receive updates on what God is doing in The Gambia this summer, TEXT 84483 from your cell phone and place GAM28 in the message! #dontmissout

 

Another great day! Today we practiced the drama more and organized for our medical outreach! Tomorrow is “Eid al-Fitr” in the Islamic world and is the biggest celebration day, full of feasting to end Ramadan. We are performing the drama twice tomorrow ( which we didn’t expect because of the celebration) but God has given us favor and opportunity to perform in Wolof and Pidgin English. Today, we also prayed for a man who was a true seeker from the Mandinkan tribe who has never read a Bible, heard the gospel or had a Christian pray for him. #beautifulfeet #awestar #UsherHimback