Dan and I returned 4 days ago from a wonderfully challenging e3 mission trip to Karusi, Burundi, Africa! This was my 12th mission trip to Africa since 2007. I'd have to say it was the best one yet! From the moment we landed in Bujumbura we knew that God was going to do a miraculous work in our lives and in the lives of the Burundi people.
Our team consisted of 8 North Americans, 7 translators, 4 e3 committee members and 8 TCCP pastors. It's always amazing to see how ordinary people, submitted to God's will and committed to God's work can be used in extraordinary ways to impact God's kingdom!
At the top of our prayer calendar, I felt led to include this verse from Colossians 4:2-3a, "Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ." I'm overjoyed to report that God answered that prayer in great abundance, as 4047 people heard a clear Gospel presentation, 2002 people professed faith in Christ, and 1168 people were discipled! We planted 8 new churches of various (Christian) denominations and many of these brand new believers became part of these new congregations!
Did we hold huge, crusade-like revival meetings?? NO! Did we meet in churches, send out invitations and wait for the people to show up?? NO! How about billboards, advertisements, bullhorns and free t-shirts?? NO! We, by faith, went into the villages surrounding the new churches to be planted and went person to person, house to house, thru the banana plantations, up and down the mountain paths, willing to share the Good News with all who would hear it! We'd start to share with one person and soon we'd be surrounded by 10 to 30 people, listening intently as we used the Bible and the Evangecube to share the message of salvation thru Jesus Christ. There's no experience quite like it. Time seems to stand still as you find yourself actually preaching with clarity and conviction and all around you watch recognition dawn on people's faces, and you sense the power of the Word of God penetrating and convicting hearts of their need for a Savior...always - ALWAYS - every time - you realize you're watching a miraculous new birth take place. It can be quite overwhelming. And exhausting. And exhilarating. And humbling. Mostly humbling.
I've got a lot more stories to share. I'll try to post them all in the next week or so. Hope you'll check back often!!