Report from Africa #4!
On Sunday afternoon, we sat in the volunteer house opening the Word of God and conducting Bible study. Our focus was on Jesus healing a paralytic in Mark chapter 2 verses one through 12.
Four men came bringing this paralytic at the home where Jesus was living. We were making observations, asking questions and looking for an application to life today.
Our discussion focused on verse five where it said Jesus saw their faith. Whose faith was he talking about? Was it the four men who came prepared to dig through the roof and lower this man to the feet of Jesus? Was it the paralytic? Apparently, Jesus was talking about more than one person when he saw their faith. Jesus forgives the paralytic for his sins. But then astoundingly Jesus told the paralytic to get up take your bed and go home.
It appears that it was the faith of the four men that moved the Lord to forgive and heal the paralytic. Then Snowey began to remember the experience they had as a volunteer team. His eyes got wide and he became very excited as he recalled the incident.
He said I remember the little boy who came to our kid’s club last February. He was always in a wheelchair and limited in his ability to be involved in the activities. The young missionaries discussed what to do to help in this situation.
That day the volunteers had a prayer session asking God to heal this young boy. The week after their prayer the boy showed up without the wheelchair. His walking was labored and slow. However broken and unbalanced, he could walk!
He recalled from the club meeting the day before how little boy was now running during the meeting. The faith of the volunteer team had brought the Lord to touch and heal him! Snowey said, we’ve never talked about this but I will never forget the experience. Maybe our faith contributed to his healing.
It is nice to see the spirit of God move among these young volunteer missionaries!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.