Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River Gorge at Rapid 14 and a Safari in Botswana!
Though I usually do not participate in the recent trend of the “throwback thursday” – I thought – fortunately this is a good time to use the term in my slacking favor. Considering I’ve only started on the Bonnaroo updates last night it’s time to keep you up to date. The first and most exciting detail to share about my road trip to Tennessee is the list of all the amazing bands you (meaning I) ever did see.
The Dirty Guv’nahs
The Lonely Forest
The Kooks (Tyler O’Laskey you were greatly missed in this moment)
Two Door Cinema Club
The Avett Brothers
Foster The People
The Devil Makes Three
The Temper Trap
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Superjam Feat. The Roots and D’ Angelo
The Fruit Bats
Blind Pilot (second show)
City and Colour
The Beach Boys
The Civil Wars
I had numerous moments that I never want to forget while watching these shows. My very favorite was The Civil Wars. During this show I cried, recorded as much as I could and got as close to the stage as possible. This music is frequently the remedy to my soul. My second favorite was Blind Pilot, thirdly Bon Iver, fourth place was given to needtobreathe and fifth goes to The Avett Brothers. Seeing so much talent and listening to so many of my favorite songs was a blessing and I am so thankful I had the chance to go. A group of 8 of us camped on the grounds with over 80,000 people to all be musically filled and that is exactly what we did.
Now I’m in need of some serious packing for my last Hoorah’ of the summer. In the morning my parents and I are heading to Homer, Alaska to visit my grandparents. This is a trip I take every other summer and I couldn’t be more excited to continue the tradition.
Can’t believe this is tomorrow.
As I spend time in Lakeland, this town is becoming more like home to me. Lakeland could never replace Bradenton in my heart but this place is feeling more and more safe to me. Another way the Lord shows me … Continue reading
Spending time in Lakeland this week before heading to Alaska Friday. Today a few of us from the Zambia team got together to film interviews for the next video so stay tuned for a second version!
Yesterday my dad and I took a road trip to visit my uncle in Rehab. The three hour drive there and back allowed my dad and I the time to have even more heart to hearts. Days like that make me even more thankful for having a dad that tries with everything in him to understand the complexity that is his daughter. I saw my uncle transformed by spending over a month now in the presence of the ultimate healer. He is being restored, he is gaining weight and his heart is being washed clean. I couldn’t be more proud of these two men that I had the privilege of spending the day with. God is working in each of our lives, wooing us back to him and reclaiming us as His. I know it looks different for each of us but I am honored to have been given eyes to watch it happen.
Each day in Africa my heart fell more and more in love with the people in each of the three villages we went to. Before going on this particular trip I asked the Lord to prepare in me something new. Through out the two weeks spent living with the people of the Nyawa Chiefdom, I took a step back, I observed and I sought after God’s desire for me in missions as a whole.
Some of you know that I am still very unsure about what specifically I will be doing in missions. I know I am called to work alongside a ministry/organization but I don’t know what that is going to look like yet or where it will be. Thankfully many of you know my heart and trust what God is doing in my life regarding ministry.
Knowing that this position of stepping back would be out of the norm for me I put my energy into other things while being in the bush. I spent time with Amber (one of our leaders from Overland Missions) working in the kitchen and putting all those organizing skills to use keeping the kitchen tent together when I could. I loved spending time-sharing stories and learning from another woman who is so dedicated to pursuing her calling and reaching the lost of Africa. Amber moved to Africa at 21 all by herself to follow what God was calling her to do. Just by hearing that I knew that this was someone I wanted to and had to learn from. I am so thankful to have people in my life such as Amber that pour into me their wisdom and love.
During the two weeks of “bush life” my team and I spent time with our 4 translators walking from hut to hut sharing the Gospel, a testimony and teaching for encouragement and building up. We also spoke personal things that the Lord was speaking to us in our time with each person or family. Our message was simple but our purpose was great as we got to meet and share with so many people who had never heard the name of Jesus or had a small understanding of who He is. When sharing the gospel with someone who has never heard the name of Jesus my heart was fully engaged in sharing with them as much as I could about the immense love the creator has for them.
One major thing the missionaries of Overland Missions come across in Zambia is the use of witchcraft and we most certainly saw our fair share of it in action. On our first day driving 5 hours from the Overland base we came across a witch doctor performing a ritual witch-hunt on a family’s hut/ property. I have spent so much time reading about animism and the use of witch craft in surrounding countries but it is a whole different thing when seeing it face to face. When encountering this in the villages we went we had the opportunity to speak life over the lives of the people who believed in the power of the witch doctor and share the truth that is only found in Jesus Christ. My team and I were able to see the life come into their eyes as they heard the freedom that was found in giving it all to the Lord and surrendering everything to him. We found out how manipulative the stronghold of the witch doctor was over the lives of the people and broke every lie that they were believing.
We had the chance to spend time with a Zionist Church while in Kiangu and had the leaders of this church come to our campsite in the mornings for discipleship. The Zionist Church believes in a mixture of witchcraft and Christianity and uses the “power” of the witch doctor and Jesus at the same time. We found out that most of these beliefs come from a lack of knowledge in interpreting scripture correctly when deciphering the old and new covenant. When some of us on the team had the chance to speak at a church service the Pastor was so excited to share with us about how he was choosing to follow the one and only path of Jesus Christ. He drew two paths in the sand (like the image below).
He spoke about how the church was walking on the path of destruction by believing in the power of witchcraft. He said that he is now choosing the path of Jesus and will lead his church to a life victorious in Christ. He pointed to the wrong path and said that the other path is destroyed. This was one of the most fruitful days on the trip. Being able to see that all we had said was making sense to this man and seeing his passion for Christ. After that he asked 3 of my team members to speak and share a teaching. After the teaching the leaders in the church asked the children to come into the center and the men prayed over them. Watching these men, who just days before were following witchcraft become humble before the Lord and ask him to lead their children rightly was beautiful.
Even now as I write this story it brings me joy knowing that this man is leading his village to the truth. They are no longer lost and misguided but have the knowledge that freedom and love is found in only Jesus. More things like this happened in Zambia and I’ll come back and share additional testimonies soon.
I love you all so much!
Before I head off to Tennessee tomorrow morning with my suppa awesome friends to go and melt in the beauty of amazing music I wanted to leave you all with some photos of my trip.
After sleeping away jet-lag, spending a whole day with my amazing friends, getting a “new” car from my parents, getting to love on a sweet friend and her fresh from heaven beautiful baby boy and celebrating my birthday with family I am back to writing and sharing my heart once again via the internet.
I’ll be writing a full length update about my time in Zambia soon but I wanted to let you all know that is it coming. I need to conquer the craziness that is my room and get some other errands done before sitting on this Apple beauty. 🙂 I love you all so much and cant wait to share even more photos and relive Africa as I write it all out to you!
I hope you have a blessed day. 🙂