This was my first time on the continent of Africa, but it felt like coming back to a familiar place and old friends. This was clearly the right place and the right time.
I joined a team of eight teachers for a Christian Leaders Conference in Lusaka, Zambia.
Team members came from Texas, India, Ireland and South Africa. Mike Johnson (Pflugerville, TX) organized the Front-line Shepherds Conference with Global Advance. Over 400 central African leaders, from 4 nations, were trained, fed and resourced.
The conference included daily training sessions and evening outreach rallies. The energy in worship and prayer was amazing. The response of the leaders to the training was wonderful. Central and East African leaders face big challenges, but big potential as well. Training and resources to help others are what they request. Teaching is multiplied many times over.
The unexpected and miracles…
Three weeks ago, in Lusaka, a beautiful family welcomed me into their home. We met in a restaurant on a Sunday afternoon. Fellow Texans, Stanley Daniels and Anson Thomas, both Indian-born, introduced themselves to John George and his family. Stanley and John discovered they share the same home-town in southern India. That evening we joined a celebration in the George home and helped send the oldest son off to college (a traditional time of big celebration in the Indian culture).
Stories like this are not uncommon when on a VI mission. Unplanned meetings and unexpected results of going by faith. A Sunday in Zambia begins in an African church and ends with an unplanned visit to the home of an Indian family.
This visit led to more homes, prayer for sick people and miracles! At one home we prayed with a university professor who was in Lusaka for eye surgery. Infection required one eye be removed. This man was Hindi, but his relatives were Christians. We prayed that the eye infection would be cured.
Later, we learned he returned to his doctor and received a new diagnosis. The infection was clearing and his eye would be saved! The doctor was told of the prayers and asked the professor, ”Which God did you pray to? This God has done something impossible!”
God continues to open doors…
We are committed to doing what He has given us to do. It just so happens this included joining a mission to Africa and praying for an Indian professor to receive healing.
As reported by Visionaries director, Curtis Baker, following our first VI mission to the continent of Africa.