Blessings come full circle!!!
One thing that has been in abundance during our South African Missions trip is that as we set out to serve others, we in turn are being shown God’s love by the people of South Africa and this was really manifested on Day 5.
The day started off with a few of the team members ministering to their physical body by completing cross fit circuit training in the beautiful setting of gardens on the hotel grounds. We were blessed to have one of the host families Vijy and Walter’s personal trainer, Larry, come out to conduct the training. Since our bodies are the temple of God it is fitting that we nurture our bodies in addition to our spirits. After an intense workout, we joined the rest of our team for breakfast in the hotel’s dining room and our morning team devotion.
The Centre’s house mother affectionately referred to as “Mamma” and the girls were anxiously awaiting our visit. As we walked in each girl greeted us with hugs and smiles. What struck me was the total openness and freedom they displayed. We introduced ourselves and told them something special about ourselves and they introduced themselves and told us what they aspired to become as young women. The girls range from ages 11-18 aspire to be future politicians, lawyers, doctors, pilots, and forensic scientist and detectives among other professions. Chuck and Alison Lusted, the founders of CrossPoint Ministries, prayed for the girls while Donna and Cindy team members from Statesboro, GA performed a praise dance routine. Like most teenage girls in America these girls also love to dance. Our team member, Ashley, who is a dance teacher taught the girls a dance routine to Pharrell William’s “Happy”. The girls quickly learned the routine and adjusted it to their own personalities. Performing the routine really amplified their happiness and we could see them shine. They even performed one of their Country’s dance routine and taught us some of their “moves”. The girls graciously gave us a tour of their living quarters pointing out with pride their sleeping quarters; beds, study area, closets, etc. Although these girls share an open room with others they were so appreciative to have their own bed. After the tour, the girls reentered the main living area and to their surprise our team coordinators had set up a store for them to shop choosing from among the many gifts we brought for them. The team donated clothing, toiletries, jewelry, shoes, and toys among other items. Each girl was able to go around and shop to their hearts were content.
We ended our time with these mighty young women of God by praying for them individually. It was very obvious that Mamma, their caregiver, loves these girls and her calling is clearly to raise these girls to become purposeful and Godly women. While our goal was to minister to them, they actually ministered to us by showing and demonstrating that our circumstances don’t determine our joy but the Joy of the Lord is our strength.
After leaving the home Acts of Love ministry treated us to a traditional American lunch of barbeque chicken and French fries.
Moving along with our day, we returned to our hotel for a quick dinner and to refresh ourselves for our final destination for the evening. We were the guest at Royal House Church. Sarah Gaither, our fellow missionary, presented a powerful message on God’s faithfulness to the leaders of the church. Each team member then prayed individually for the church leaders. Our team ministers then answered questions from the church leaders and provided suggestions and strategies to help them grow their membership and develop their church leaders. We received an affectionate departure from the leaders and returned to our hotel knowing that we had sowed positive seeds in yet another ministry.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped