In my attempt to document 1,000 Gifts from God in the Joy Dare Challenge, today’s prompt has me smiling at the many things that come to mind. Name three gifts heard.
330. The voice of God. For me, His voice usually comes in him asking me to do something hard or unexpected. I heard him encourage me to start a mom’s group 15 years ago. He told me to go into one of the public housing complexes and lead the women there in bible study. He even nudged me to begin blogging. Each time I listened and obeyed, I am thankful.
Those seem to me pretty obvious, babies, music and God. Then the more I thought about it, I remembered the beautiful sounds of Africa. The same as here, yet different. Mary Claire and I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Sierra Leone, Africa last summer on a mission trip with Water of Life. The purpose of the trip was to encourage the pastors there in building their churches in conjunction with digging wells for clean water. This trip of a lifetime awarded us with some beautiful sounds. Some things we heard…
334. Celebration of the first Christian marriage in the village. This was a very big deal in this Muslim community. Friends and family clambered on our trucks as we honked and cheered our way around the village. Some of the elders didn’t quite know what to with all that ruckus.
When Ishmael gave his life to Jesus, he was kicked out of the family and his life was threatened. But with much prayer and guidance from area pastors, he was reunited with his village and his wedding was blessed in the name of The Lord.
335. Children laughing.These sweet village girls greeted us each morning with the biggest smiles and gregarious laughter. Although we didn’t speak the same language, their giggles broke down many walls. Aren’t they beautiful?
336. Women singing praises for the new well. When the men finished installing the well and the first buckets of clean water were drawn, in the distance we heard singing. Searching for the source of the music, we saw Mary Claire and the village women dancing and singing down the street. For the first time in the history of this village the women would not have to walk hours away for their daily ration of water to cook, clean and bathe with. For the first time, this village was going to have clean water, which would cut down on so much sickness and death. The women were right…it was a time to celebrate!
I really could go on and on with thanksgiving for the gifts I’ve heard, but I want to hear about yours. Did you hear the doctor say you were free of cancer? How did it feel to hear your love ask you for your hand in marriage? Have you ever heard the sound of the waves crashing on the shore? Please share with me your gifts heard in the comment section below.
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