Thursday, December 29, 2005

Testimony: Sandy F.

It has taken me a while to get this testimony down because I needed time to digest my experience. I came home from Trinidad a very tired, kind of sad person. Seeing children in orphanages was very upsetting to me. Having been to Africa, you would think that I wouldn’t have been as affected. But I couldn’t imagine my own children living in those conditions without a loving family. When I returned, people at work kept asking me about my experience and I kept trying to think of something good to say. The one thing that gave me a sense of comfort (regarding the children) is that the two churches we worked with were wonderful, loving people who truly cared about the children. I know that they will continue to work with the children and pour out the love of Jesus to them.

However, I did have some very special moments in Trinidad. On the first morning that I was there (Friday) Tony and I went to the morning prayer/devotional time with Pastor and the team. I was so moved by the beauty of the land and the beauty of our worship together. Then the pastor spoke about being bold in the Lord. Well, for those of you that know me, boldness is not my strength. But we loaded up and headed for the dump. As soon as I got out of the bus, there was a woman named Michelle standing alone. I approached her and asked how she was doing. She proceeded to tell me about her boyfriend beating her up and hurting her mouth, her epileptic seizures and two of her four children who were having medical issues. I immediately asked her if I could pray with her. I asked her if she knew Jesus as her Lord and Savior. I really couldn’t believe the words were coming out of my mouth, but the Lord totally used me because I was being obedient. I asked Nancy to pray with us and I just felt so good being able to pray for Michelle.

Two days later, shortly before the salvation show, one of the team members had a word from the Lord for me concerning a healing in my life and that I would be used to heal others. I had trouble hearing those words because I never thought that God would use me in that way. But after the salvation show, I went to the front and started praying for people. Almost all of the people that were brought to me were asking for some kind of healing. I remember praying for one young woman who also had epilepsy. As we prayed together, I felt so strongly that the Lord was healing her. She was crying, I was crying and the presence of the Lord was very strong.

So God led me to Trinidad not to minister to just the children, but to women in need as well. What a blessing to be used by God!

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