|On one of our evening walks|
|acting goofy with cousin Ella|
The power was out on an exceptionally warm afternoon. As we melted in the house on our day of rest, Becca said, “Hey, I think there’s a buy one get one pizza deal at a nearby restaurant.” Since we had no way of cooking our thawed meat, Lyzee and I hopped into the minibus and drove into town to grab the pizza.
After getting the pizzas and a few samosas (fried triangles filled with meat and veggies), Lyzee and I started our journey back home. As we drove, Lyzee spotted a crippled man on the side of the road begging. She said, “Why don’t we give him a samosa, dad?” In my flesh, I thought, “How inconvenient. But I guess I will stop and give the guy a samosa and then we can be on our way.” Totally horrible, huh? If I’m transparent, that’s exactly what went through my head as my little Blondie had compassion on this man. But we have been praying that the Lord would give us new opportunities and open our eyes to those in need of help and those in need of Him. And at that moment of my flesh arising in me, the Spirit of God took over and the Lord answered my prayers. So, I pulled off the road and Lyzee and I brought the guy a samosa. We had no clue what was about to happen.
|With the girls netball team that Becca leads in our backyard|
After about 20 minutes, the conversation came to a close and I made a plan to meet James the next morning outside a bike shop to get some new breaks. He was ecstatic. Lyzee was very excited too. I was nearly in tears from God’s goodness in my life. Then, the three of us prayed together. Again, the Lord opened my mind and enabled me to pray in Chichewa with James. Praying is especially difficult for me in the past, but not this time!
As we concluded our prayer time, I said, “Dzina la Yesu Khristu tipemphere, Amen.” In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen. But when I stopped praying, I realized that there was another man on his knees right behind us. He was weeping. I turned to him and asked him his name and this is what he said, “My name is Evance and I just have been watching this and listening to all this from over there and I want to know this Jesus you pray to. I am a Muslim, but recently someone gave me a copy of the New Testament. I’ve been reading it a lot. It is very interesting and now I see you doing these things and praying in Jesus’ name and I want to know Him. Can you pray for me? I want to know him. Where should I read in this Bible to know him well?”
Those words sunk deep to me, especially because she has been having such a hard time settling here. We have a good Father who cares for His children. He cares for my little girl and He cares for James and Evance.
Since this time, Lyzee has told many people about what God did on Sunday. We continue to stop to see James and Evance. Please pray for Lyzee, James, and Evance. All three of them have very different problems that only the Savior of the world can address. Our God is mighty to save! Thank you for praying for us. Thank you for supporting us! Thank you for being part of this!
|Lyzee with Fostance's daughter Ruth|
It is sometimes in our smallest, most feeble acts of obedience to the leading of God’s Spirit that He does the greatest things.
Love you guys,
Luke, Becca, Lyzee & Zeke