Tuesday, health returned to us! The end of our journey is close (for about half of us) so we started off the day with a challenge from our Project Director: “Don’t think/talk about going home, but rather, be fully present in each moment today.”
We ministered to two large schools of primary age students in the morning. The young ones are so open to the Gospel! Many of the students accepted Jesus into their lives. In several classes, every student accepted Christ.
The afternoon started with a high school. Our ministry groups went into classrooms, shared more about the Gospel, and asked students who would like to receive the gift of salvation that comes only through Christ. Before we began, we had decided to leave one team member outside every classroom to cover each one in prayer. One missionary told us that during his time of prayer he felt something crawling on his neck. It was a GIANT SPIDER. He flung it to the ground and had the feeling that the spider was a part of a spiritual battle. He determined that he would not stop praying.
Afterwards, the rest of his ministry group told him that, at first, only two students raised their hand to receive Christ. The team waited a little longer and then nearly the whole class chose Christ. After talking, the group determined that the spider happened right when the two hands went up. Prayer was needed for the other students to respond, and the spider attempted to prevent those prayers. Spiritual battles are real. Many students made the biggest decision of their lives today! Hearts were moved and tears were shed as students began their new lives in Christ.
We ended the day with powerful team time talking about relationships and God’s plan for our life. We are still not thinking about going home, but we all feel a bit of sadness knowing the end our time is nearing. Our two week team flies home on Friday. Once they leave, RIM’s medical team will arrive and join our one month team members for a week of mobile medical clinics to those who would otherwise receive no medical care. During the clinics, patients hear the Gospel and receive prayer for healing. It’s amazing to think about the many different tools the Lord uses to advance the Good News.