And the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive – forever and ever – and I hold the keys of death and of Hades! (Rev 1:18)
“Flower! Easter lilies! Speak to me this morning the same dear old lesson of immortality which you have been speaking to so many sorrowing souls. Wise old Book! let me read again in your pages of firm assurance that to die is gain. Poets! recite to me your verses which repeat in every line the Gospel of eternal life. Singers! break forth once more into songs of joy; let me hear again the well-known resurrection psalms. Tree and blossom and bird and sea and sky and wind whisper it, sound it afresh, warble it, echo it, let it throb and pulsate through every atom and particle; let the air be filled with it. Let it be told and retold and still retold until hope rises to conviction, and conviction to certitude of knowledge; until we, like Paul, even though going to our death, go with triumphant mien, with assured faith, and with serene and shining face.” ~ Streams In The Desert
What an Amazing God we serve. We here in Xai-Xai just want to bow down before this great God. He has been long-suffering and patient with us for many years, and we cannot in words say enough thank you for what He has done for us.
The Lord works in mysterious ways and truly His ways are not our ways. We have been praying for revival for years. Then the Lord starts to answer our prayers and it is not always in the way that you think, but it is still so amazing to see how He answers those prayers.
Our Mozambican young Christians have been growing so much in the Lord these past 4 months. We see how the Lord is really working in their lives. The Bible studies on Sundays afternoons are growing, Most of the time the young Christians try to come together at least once a week to watch a good Christian movie or a sermon. They invite the youth of the church, friends and family to these meetings as well. About 6 weeks ago they watched the movie ‘War Room’ and the young Christians that work with Isak and Juan just felt that the Lord wanted them to have a prayer meeting every week after watching it. The Lord honoured these Christians’ desire for prayer. He visited them that first prayer meeting as they confessed sins and asked the Lord to use them more. They prayed for their lost families, friends and the youth of the church. The Holy Spirit is truly working in these weekly prayer meetings. After 2 weeks the young men who are the youth leaders, Jorge, Noé and Vasco decided that they need to bring the Gospel to the young people in the church. There are so many of them that do not know the Lord yet. The young men had some difficulties at first, but they have now started a weekly youth service. The Lord is faithful and He is honouring their desire to reach out to the lost. They started with the youth meetings and the youth started to come in bigger number than what they thought would come. In these meetings the Lord has started to move through His Spirit and young people are coming under conviction. There is one such a girl that we need to pray for. She is 14-15 years old, already a heavy drinker and lives a very promiscuous life. She knows the Gospel. She came to our children’s Bible classes on Sundays since she was a little girl. The Lord is working in her life and convicting her of her sins and she wants to be saved, so please pray for her.
These young people are also coming to the prayer meetings now. They really seek the Lord through prayer and tears. In Mozambique it is not strange to pray for unsaved people while they are sitting next to you. So, our Christian people are pleading for these young people in the prayer meetings. And the Lord is answering those prayers by convicting the unsaved ones of their sins and their lost state before Him. Just this week we were overjoyed to hear of one more soul saved, a young man named Gilberto who is the brother of Alcidio, who himself was saved just last November!
Amazingly so many youth are seeking the Lord now. We stand in awe before the Lord in His mercy and pray that the Lord will bring in a huge number of young people that they can go out and spread the Gospel in Mozambique. The Lord is so good. He is really encouraging our young Christians by answering their prayer requests. One such a testimony is from a young lady by the name of Nelma. Nelma’s parents are in the Zionist church, which has so much witchcraft mixed in the with Christianity that it is more a witchcraft church than anything else. So, her mother wanted her to visit the church with her all the time like she used to before she was saved. Nelma really did not want to go back there, but was finding it very difficult to deal with the pressure from her mother. After we prayed for her, her mother did not ask her again to go with her to the church and overall things are better at home. This is such an encouragement for her and she rejoices in the Lord. Thank you, Lord!
If I look at what the Lord is doing, I am in tears. What a blessing to see the Lord move, and we will keep praying that Revival will bring people to the Lord. May we as Christians grow in our love for our Lord and may we love Him with every thing we have. Worthy is the Lamb. Please Lord, make us holy and use us as instruments in Your hands. Mould us and form us to Your image!
~ Wiesie Westraad