SAVING SOULS & SAVING LIVES
As the days go by on this expedition we're amazed to see how each day surprises us. The saying in the camp's been "Every day on Expedition is unique, you never know what's going to happen." as we are constantly pushing the boundaries.
Ministry has been so powerful the last few days. While we've been saving souls, it just so happened that now we were also saving lives. The ministry team took the expedition “by the horns” and left camp in the cool of the day long before the sun was up. They went in an Eastern direction along the Angolan border right by the Kunene River (Which means "Groot" or "Big" River in Herero.)
After travelling for 3 hours on a very bumpy road (40+ kms) they arrived at their destination as pointed out by their guide and translator, a young man called "Ruiter". This was one of the biggest villages yet and what excited them was that they were finally meeting a "Head-Man" or Chief.
The "Head-Man" as they call him, accepted us as we also brought maize meal, sugar and salt as a gift. He was very sceptical about this "praying for his people" business that we were talking about. Praise God, as the people started getting saved and the power of God increased with their faith levels, the Chief started getting more interested and soon he was signalling for us to come pray for him (as the interpreter was busy).
One by one they started waving their hands in the air with excitement as they were being healed and set free. From cataracts and bad eyesight to back and stomach problems and even an alcoholic was set free! The team prophesied over some of the people and they laid hands on them to "go out and do the same and greater" and tell other tribes about the power of Jesus Christ and they were told to also lay hands others.
This was all "saving souls" as previously mentioned but now came the time to "save lives". The ministry team were surprised by the presence of a “European” gentleman at the village. They knew this was very strange and out of place as they were almost in the middle of nowhere and there was no evidence of a vehicle insight, yet...there was this man?
They found out that this man and his wife (estimated in their 50's) were in a kayak in the Kunene and got capsized a few kilometres away. They were stranded in the African bush with only a little bit of fresh water and by the time the team found him ("Ian") they haven't eaten for three days! Ian then left his wife at a fairly safe area to find help.
The Co-Mission Team knew if they didn't come across them, there would have been serious problems as he had at least a 36-48 hour hike ahead of him, only to then return to his wife (if he made it). Some of the Co-Mission’s team members (John and Brad) took turns to stand outside the Hilux holding on the sides (being beaten and scratched with thorny bushes as they drove) while Ian's guide (that he found at the village) sat on the roof and Ian was safe in the vehicle receiving some food and water from the team.
Soon enough they returned (after an almost 3 hour drive back) and got Ian to his vehicle and a rescue party returned immediately to his wife (The ministry team also called Ian's family in South Africa to comfort them).
At the end of the day the team just praised God for another day of: "Every day on Expedition is unique, you never know what's going to happen."
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