Promises - Report From Africa
Western Cape, South Africa
We captured this photo of a rainbow from end to end last year. Now we are praying for rain. It is dry, dusty and parched.
Animals are frequently eating grass in the yard of our cottage. It is one of the few places that gets watered in this reserve. The vegetation is barren and brown.
That same thirst is reflected in our hearts. We are reading God's Word and finding that we can't get enough. We are doing a personal study of the end times as reflected in Scripture. The signs are ominous and foreboding.
Some signs jump out at you like the establishment of Israel and the struggle over Jerusalem. God's city Jerusalem is the major sticking point in the peace talks.
Other signs have slowly moved into view as apostasy has crawled into the church of today. Twisted beliefs and bad behavior are leading to the false prophets so clearly talked about in the Bible. Paul states that people will become lovers of themselves.
When we open the Word with people here in the Robertson Valley people gather on the fresh green grass and feed. Last Sunday I spoke at the Worcester Christian Fellowship youth group and found an inviting and fun crowd. The eagerness in their eyes was encouraging and thrilling. The worship with the congregation was refreshing. It felt like standing in a heavy rain after days in the desert.
One testimony caught my eye. It was from missionaries in Nigeria. They sent video (to the pastor) of Christians digging their own grave. His description by the pastor was riveting. They were then forced to kneel and pray in the grave. Then they were shot. It was the grace of the believers that was striking.
The most encouraging part of our climate in the world today is the promises of God. God gives us a glimpse at the end of His story. God will prevail over all the wickedness in the world. He will bring into existence a new heaven and a new earth. It will be lush!
We can never look at a rainbow and not remember the promises of God. Despite the stories on the news his promises will arrive right on time. Thank you Lord Jesus for the refreshing breeze of your promise.
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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.