God’s Encouragement

Rebekka Wehner, Riberalta, Bolivia

It should have been an exceptionally cozy movie night, since the children in the boarding school had the next day off. But it turned out quite differently. A great thunderstorm arose. It flashed and thundered deafeningly; torrents fell and everything became dark. The children were screaming from fear and went into hiding under the tables at the sound of the loud thunder. Then I began to tell them why I was not afraid of the thunderstorms; to the contrary, that I even like watching the lightning. I read them Job 38:34-35, where it says: “Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?” I said, “What a wonderful and powerful God we have, who sends strong downpours, and knows in advance where each lightning bolt will strike! He has everything under control, even if the flashes seem so arbitrary and unpredictable to us.” At that the girls, big and small, became completely calm despite the persistent thunderstorm, crawling out from under the tables, and we began singing together to our great God…

On another day, there was a bad incident in my group. But at just the moment when I was feeling utter frustration, a girl, Elisa, came up to me and asked, “Do you have time? I would like to accept Jesus!” Just recently, she told me enthusiastically, “I’ve already read the whole Gospel of John and have started the Gospel of Matthew.”

Last year, I was able to go on a mission trip with brothers and sisters from our local church. I’d been looking forward to it for a long time! We visited five secluded jungle villages, three of which still had no church. Patients were treated in each village, mainly parasite control. Worship services and evangelistic children’s programs were also held. It was so beautiful to tell these children, who knew nothing about the gospel, about Jesus. They sat there, still as mice and listened intently. Officially the children’s program would have lasted an hour, but the children simply remained seated and didn’t budge! So we played with them, sang, went swimming in a creek, etc., until we continued in the next village. How grateful we are for the preservation and health that the Lord has given!

Midnight Call - 05/2017

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