Yesu andikonda ine (Jesus loves me! This I know)
Yesu andikonda ine,
(Jesus loves me! This I know,)
Amatero M’Buku lye,
(For the Bible tells me so;)
Akafoka mwana wake;
(Little ones to Him belong;)
(They are weak, but He is strong.)
Those are the words for Jesus loves me! in Bemba, one of the many Zambian languages spoken. I had the privilege to hear 4 year old Immanuel sing this song to me. He sang the first verse in English. As the second verse started others started singing along. Next thing I knew they were singing one of the verses in their Zambian language. I began to tear up as they were singing. The songs you here from these kids and mothers are beautiful. They can move mountains with the beauty of their voices. When we went to church they were the choir. I closed my eyes as they sang “More About Jesus Would I Know”. As tears ran down my face I thought I was hearing the voices of angels. You can hear the love for Jesus as they sing. I am not sure that I have ever experienced Jesus’ glory like I do when I hear these children sing. Every day that I am here I am reminded of Matthew 19:14 when Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” I know the love that Jesus has for children is real as I got to experience a piece of it this past Sunday.
I also got to experience an amazing sight tonight. We brought the donations that so many people from across the country has been gracious enough to donate. It was an amazing thing to see. As we begin passing the caps, shirts and jackets out, we got to see the joy of the kids to get something from somebody from across the world who has no clue of who they are but still cares enough about them to send the stuff. To know that they are loved even outside of the village, I could not help but think how such a small gesture could go so long for these kids morale.
Another blessing has been Shane Maloney and Ben Wright. They are the other mini missionaries who came with MOAM. Shane is from Kansas State and Ben from The University of Michigan. These two young men have been a blessing from God. To see their hearts for these kids and to serve our Father unconditionally has been a breath of fresh air. They have a heart that is bigger than even the country we are serving in. I know that they have been blessed by God to receive such a beautiful heart. I have been blessed to get to see their hearts for the past 2 weeks and have gotten to grow in my own walk with God because of these two gentlemen. I pray the Lord will continue to teach and mold us as we finish the next week of serving.
-Jason Hubbard – MOAM/Mississippi State University