Three weeks in Zambia was life changing. God says in Matthew 28:29-20 “ 19Therefore, GO and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this; I am with you always even to the end of the age” and that is exactly what we did. We went to Africa to spread the Word. In my time in Zambia 22 kids accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior.
I think we all assumed when going to a classical Christian educational orphanage these kids already knew Jesus. We do the same thing in the states. We assume just because people attend church they are already saved, BUT that is not the case. These kids knew the bible better than anyone I’ve ever met but it was all head knowledge. They memorized and studied the Bible just like they would any other textbook but most of them didn’t have that relationship with Jesus. 22 of them were able to accept Christ in the three weeks we were there because MOAM was willing to send a group of college aged students and we were willing to go and follow what God was calling us to do. This was a lesson to take home as well, we have to trust God when He calls us to go and we have to be willing to share the gospel even when we don’t want to or feel that it is not needed. We could have stayed in the village for three weeks with the mindset that these kids know everything they need to know and those 22 kids would never had the chance at eternal life but instead we listened when God told us to present the gospel.
During that time in Africa, we weren’t just helping the kids or teaching the kids, God was working in our lives as well. For me, I almost feel like I learned more than I was able to teach. I was able to grow closer to God and deeper in my faith; I gained a craving for God’s word I had never really experienced before. I woke up craving time with God, craving time in prayer and in the Word and that craving lasted all day. I was able to let go of total and complete control of my life and let God have it all.
Nichole Duncan, Athletic Trainer for Arkansas State University
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