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Encouraged and Affirmed

When the students returned from ministering in homes yesterday afternoon, they were so exuberant to share how God had worked to not only share His name but also to encourage them. One group met a lady who has been a believer for 40 years. She called them over to sit on her porch with her, and she sat on her hammock and made herself comfortable as if she had a lifetime of wisdom to share, and she did. When they asked her to describe what it is like to walk with Jesus for so long, her eyes lit up and she said, “How can I? There are no words!”

Another group met up with some men who build rocking chairs for a living. After hearing the Gospel, these men were hesitant to make a decision. Our students encouraged them, but then shared that we are not here to force this upon anyone. While we want them to know the Lord, a “yes” simply for the sake of responding to our question is not the deeply rooted decision this needs to be. These men were moved by the sincerity of our students. They said many have shared with them before, but it has always been in a forced way. They appreciated that our students stepped back and let the Spirit do the work.

During one of the POP times on the trip, the POP group studied Proverbs 31. After studying this passage, the guys decided they needed to affirm the women on this team. Last night, this affirmation played itself out so sweetly. The guys approached the girls to whom they had written encouragement notes and spoke into them who they are in Christ. They gave the girls the notes and then prayed over them. It was such a great moment to see these guys step up and truly be the men God is calling them to be.

This morning, we had the opportunity to share in the service at the church we had been working with the past several days. Kenny brought a teaching from John 9 about how Jesus got His hands dirty in doing ministry and loving people. Both the students and the nationals were encouraged to “give a spit” for Jesus and follow Him in His work, loving the least of these, dying to ourselves, and following Him.

We arrived back at the mission home late this afternoon. After dinner we had some great time together worshiping our Lord and sharing what we have been learning from His Word. Tomorrow is the students’ last day of ministry through doing the drama. It is hard to believe our journey together is coming to a close. Thank you so much for your prayers! We appreciate you walking through this with us and recognize that many of the blessings God has given has been because of your requests and petitions. Please pray that God will do something awesome here in these last days!

Following Him,

Kenny & Whitney

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