“THEN ONE DAY!”
We have heard these three simple words, “THEN ONE DAY!” countless times these last two months as testimonies flow from the heart of the people who have survived the Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth that swept away all but their lives. It’s a phrase that defines a change in the situation, a marking of a time/moment when trying to simply survive after the destruction of the cyclone, to the living with hope, courage, joy and sustenance. Being part of team sent to go carry provisions for relief has been something we will always remember. At our annual Apostolic Seminar in January, Ellie Hein shared the prophetic Word for the year; God is calling us,
"To go over to Macedonia and help!”
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, ‘Come over into Macedonia, and help us.’” Acts 16:9
Little did any of us know, the power, direction and charge of this prophetic word until the cyclones were headed towards the coastlines of Mozambique and inland to Zimbabwe and Malawi with Cyclone Idai, just one month apart. Yet, the prophetic prepares you, alerts you and gives direction so we all remained strong, bold, full of hope to carry into the vast destruction to the people.
Our entire Mozambican team from all 4 bases have been incredible in assisting with distributions. They carry as much as they can via public transport, then by foot and in some cases are the first to enter into locations with some emergency relief items to distribute and to pray and encourage those who have suffered. We are grateful for our church leaders who create lists of families that are active in the churches whom need assistance. We are grateful that large relief agencies are assisting in the main cities. As a ministry, we are working in the more remote areas outside the lens of the cities.
Relief in emergency situations comes in so many forms. The tangible items one can hold in their hands that relieves the cold nights, the worry of the next meal, healing from sickness, a covering from the weather and the relief that comes with the demonstration of God’s love by being there physically to listen to stories, pray for the sick, rejoice with the gifts and a simple smile or hug. We left with our vehicle empty of relief items, but we departed with an abundance in our hearts.
A common scenario is we arrive to the church who are waiting for us singing and dancing in celebration drawing us all to join in. “The joy of the Lord is our strength” in action! Relief has come! We are not forgotten! God is faithful! God provides! The work is vast and the need for literally tons of food, clean water is somewhat daunting and very real. But as we help one family, we are helping many. We stand in faith that as God the Father multiplied the loaves and fishes filling baskets to overflowing to feed the multitudes, so He will multiply what is given until more is received.
We are so very grateful for all you have done to make this possible. Your hearts for the people of Mozambique has been one of an outpouring of finances, prayers, emails, encouragements…the list goes on and on. You are a part of these peoples’ testimonies that begin with, “THEN ONE DAY!”
Please continue to pray with us as we strategize the next steps and next phases of relief. We constantly need God's wisdom and Holy Spirit plans to assist and fill the need effectively. There is a great harvest of souls amongst all the ruins whom will one day shout, "THEN ONE DAY!"
Together for His Glory and Love!
Jeff and Nicky & All at Afrika Wa Yesu