Jackie and Jamie’s African blog 5

We are genuinely humbled and very grateful for all the lovely emails, WhatsApp messages we have received. and all your prayers and thoughts.

Today’s blog is rather different. Jackie had a very heart warming experience the other day. I’ll leave it to Jackie to explain in her own words, but it really shows God’s work in action.

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Tenby

The other day I was very blessed by my second holy home visit. It took an unexpected twist, which allowed me to to visit a special lady and her children. I have been holding Tenby in prayer every week since I met her family last year. She lost her husband in January last year, which in their culture means a period of enforced mourning. This only ends when the other members of the family decide.

This involves dressing in black with a black headdress. In this heat it is extremely hard going. She is not allowed to work or contribute anything to her family or the community. This includes cooking for her children or leaving the house. Her oldest son who is 13 has to fetch the water and cook for his 2 younger siblings. The way in which it is metered out and controlled by others, really does seem like a form of abuse in itself.

Thanks be to God that my prayers have been answers, and on this visit she told us that the enforced period of morning ends on the 15th of April this year.

I prayed for her before we left and asked if there was anything specific she wanted me to pray for her when I went home. She asked that I pray for a job for her, so she can feed her children.

The experience here, really is the case of, Lord break my heart for what breaks yours.

I was shown photos of her from the year before I met her. She looks like a different person. She has such a beautiful smile (something she is also not allowed to do during this period of morning), but when she does it’s worth waiting for.

Let’s pray that the joy of the Lord really is her strength and shield.

The Bible says…
“Speak up for those who have no voice, for the justice of all… stand up for the poor and destitute”.

Proverbs 31:8

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As a final thought for the day… 

During my mornings prayer and meditation, these versus’ from Romans 12:11-13 came to me:

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”.

This is the encouragement and motivation we all need to put love into action, and humbly serve others in Christ’s name.

We hope and pray you are all well, and that you are filled with the Spirit in all that you do today.

God bless

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