If you just arrived at this blog, please scroll back and read "Land of the Lost" intro, #1 & #2 then continue with today's post. I recently returned from a 10 day trip to Rwanda with e3 Partners Ministry - lots of adventure and unexpected blessings and challenges!
One of our team members was named Jonathan Hughes. He’s 21 years and an on-fire preacher and evangelist from South Carolina. He loves God with all his heart. When he prays, it’s like heaven comes down and fills the room with God’s presence. Jonathan’s grandmother spoke a word over him before she died and said that God told her Jonathan would one day preach the Gospel in Africa. Since that day, it’s been his dream to fulfill that calling. You probably should know that Jonathan has cerebral palsy. He’s in a wheelchair.
He was zero use of his legs, limited use of one hand and 75% use of his other hand. He has scoliosis and arthritis in his back. He recently had 2 grand mal seizures. But he felt that God was calling him to preach in Africa and that this trip with e3 Partners was the right opportunity to go. So by faith he raised the funds to go on the trip. He had a few people cautiously cheering him on, but he had even more people calling and telling him he was crazy and that he shouldn’t go. While we were in the airport, he even had a pastor call and offer to fly him home right then. But Jonathan knows that God placed him on this earth for a purpose and that purpose includes sharing the Gospel regardless of comfort zone, health, courage, disability or fear. Jonathan’s faith made a difference in my life. His preaching of the Gospel in Africa made a difference in 100’s of lives for eternity. He made a difference in the life of his ministry partner/translator, Victor, who is also in a wheelchair.
Victor is passionate about sharing the Gospel in Rwanda and just recently joined the Ministry Partner team. This was his first church-planting campaign with e3 and he was overjoyed that God sent Jonathan in his wheelchair to Rwanda to be on his ministry team. Victor was born with polio and as a result his legs are completely withered and useless. He is mostly confined to a wheelchair, although when necessary, he “walks” with flip flops placed on his hands. An amazing and humbling sight to see. These guys haven’t sidelined themselves from ministry because of their physical limitations. Instead, they’ve thrown themselves fully into ministry, knowing that God has allowed them and called them out to be difference-makers in the world.