In our first day of ministry, God first ministered to me through the book Godspeed by Brit Merrick. I hadn't bought the book, but it randomly appeared in my kindle library so I believed God was leading me to read through it during this trip. I had been asking God what I should do during this trip, but God was telling me to ask Him what He was doing instead. So I asked, "God what are You doing?" He replied, "I am continuing the work I began." The work we do isn't ours to plan. Everything is God's plan and He invites into His work. It is our privilege to work alongside Him.
For the first half of the day, we went out into the Soroti village with School of Ministry students into homes of families they have been ministering to. My group visited two women, both born-again believers in Christ. With the first woman, the student asked her to get two of her neighbors to come meet us. They were not believer so we were able to witness to them and they agreed to continuing meeting with the student to hear more about Jesus. The next woman we visited was struggling to provide for her family. Her husband, the father of her son and two twin daughters, does not care for her. He mostly lives somewhere else with another woman. So we sat under a tree, opened our bibles, and encouraged her to continue trusting in Our Heavenly Father. It was a blessing to tag along with the ministry the church and School of Ministry has been working on for the past few months.
As we were walking back to the church, it began to rain hard on us so we ran into a random hut alongside the road. The woman invited us in and since we had the opportunity, we began talking to her about Christ. She told us she once received Christ but she backslid and is not following Him anymore. We asked if she wanted to rededicate her life to Him and she said yes. She prayed the sinners prayer then we also prayed for her to be healed physically since she was sick with malaria. Right when we finished, the rain stopped so we continued walking back. God had been working in this woman's heart before we met her, and He used us to complete His work of bringing her back into His family.
After lunch, four of us women sat with about 20 elderly women waiting to be seen by those working the medical clinic. All believe in Christ and were very excited and happy to see us. They told us testimonies of how God has miraculously healed them despite what doctors have told them. Then, we had the chance to read from the bible and pray with each of them, lifting up their worries to God. We finished with a few praise songs, some in their language and a few in ours. Slowly they had all been called to be seen by the doctors and we said our sweet goodbyes. They all love Jesus deeply and carry the joy of the Lord despite all the trouble they have been through and are still going through. Every one of us left encourage and refreshed by the Spirit.
"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me; And let us exalt His name together." Psalm 34:1-3