Sunday at MCF Ndalani
Today God gave us a wonderful gift with a slight change in our plans. We were scheduled to go to MCF Yatta to worship with the young mothers and university students, but Charles Mully redirected us to MCF Ndalani for a very special worship service with the children instead. With almost 700 people gathered in the chapel, we listened to Charles and pastor Justice preach on Christ’s witness to Nicodemus in the book of John.
“Jesus answered, “Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” -John 3:5
We were pleasantly surprised to find out that we were about to witness 40 rescued children who had decided to commit their lives to Christ and were prepared to demonstrate that commitment by being baptized in the banks of the nearby Thicka river. Tears flowed from our faces as we heard two of the children give their testimony of how God saved them from death and destruction and redeemed their lives, calling them to be a shining light to the world. That happens to be a common story here at MCF but hearing each one of them proclaim their rise from the ashes in victory never gets old. How great is our amazing God that He continues to redeem so many children here and fill them with a renewed spirit of hope and love? Praise the Lord!
At the banks of the river, with the mission choir singing in the background, Nancy and Kevin were baptized along with many of the children that they had developed so much love for. It was truly a moment that they will never forget!
“For I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
The 40 + 2 were then led back into the church where they took holy communion together for the first time in remembrance of Christ.
After a little emotional recovery time, the team split up with Julie and Kim teaching charcoal drawing to a class of talented aspiring artists while the rest of the team created a binocular craft with 45 of the younger students teaching them to see the world through the eyes of Jesus.
The team gathered back together just in time to join the evening devotion with the lower school students, where we sang, danced, and performed a skit of “Jesus walks on water” from Matthew 14:22-33.
Today we ask you to celebrate with us and pray for these 40 young followers, that they continue to embrace their true identity in Christ, be shaped by the Word in His holy image, and that through Him, they will live their lives as a shining light in the world for all to see.
God bless you!