1st Day in the Hills

Pictured to the left is a Christian man and his family whom we visited on our first hike. I told him I wanted a picture with him so I could share his request for prayer with my church back home. He told us to pray that his people would be delivered from their Alcoholism. He informed us that most of the poverty we would see is due to men who drink everything they make while leaving their families starving and hopeless. I would say that his life is a testimony that a man who walks with the Lord and abstains from being a drunkard can provide for his family. His family eats, his children are clothed, and they have a roof over their head.

As we continued hiking, I saw houses where God was not present, and I saw houses where he was present, and it became very evident to me that the promises of God stand firm. Exodus 20:5-6 says “You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Below is an example of this verse in action.  This picture is of a wonderful mama I had the privilege of meeting. She is very old and has been blessed with a long life (life expectancy here is around 50 years). Not only this, but because she chose to follow Jesus Christ, her daughter was raised in the Lord, and now her daughter knows the Lord, married wisely, and has children whom all respect her and are being raised in Christ. It is awesome to see generational blessings in action. This family may be poor, but there is much love, joy and peace in their lives.

5 Responses to 1st Day in the Hills

  1. Michelle says:

    I loved this Elizabeth. What a blessing you are to the many people you encounter! I know that many are a blessing to you too…

    • elizabeth says:

      I would love to take credit for that, but I will give it all to the Lord. Sometimes I find myself in utter amazement who he leads me to and how the timing is just right to lead them to Christ. I feel like He does all the work and I am just sitting there watching him work though me and other people.

  2. Linda Meece says:

    Elizabeth, I look forward to each of your letters from Africa and this one was a speccial joy today. I love all the photos but the one of you with the lovely Mama was so beautiful and a powerful statement of your commitment and I could see her wise counsel and strength. Thank you so much for allowing me to share in your journey. I am blessed. Blessings to yo
    u and all you serve. Linda

    • elizabeth says:

      Linda,

      Thank you so very much for your encouraging words. The Lord truly uses people like you back home to build me up.

      What I see here every day truly breaks me, rids me of myself, and helps me focus on the beauty of the Lord. That is why I share it with other people. I feel blown away by what I see God doing here, and I know I am incredibly blessed by Him to see it first hand.

  3. LM says:

    Wonderful, beautiful pictures. Every face has a story. God is surely in this place. Lilly

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