On Wednesday, the team from the Appomattox Baptist Association was involved in many different activities: distributing mosquito nets, baptizing new believers, training pastors, and teaching a women’s group. Yesterday’s blog highlighted mosquito net distribution; today, one of our team members wanted to share her experience leading a women’s training.
Diane Lee of Providence Baptist Church in Red House had this to share:
“One of my major concerns coming on this trip was that I am not a speaker. I don’t do well, speaking in front of people, but with encouragement from Pastor Scott Curtis (Providence Baptist), I said ‘I’ll try.’ Today, February 1, I went with my niece Heather Swanberg (Providence Baptist) and Rev. Chad Harris (Calvary Baptist) to a small village. I spoke there on one of the fruits of the Spirit: goodness. The women sat and listened intently, trying to absorb the words I was sharing. Heather and Chad also helped by reading Scripture and offering additional thoughts.
At the end of the lesson Abraham, our translator, explained that there was a young lady named Nobayah who wanted to follow Christ in her life. We talked with Nobayah, joined hands, and prayed with her and shared that we would continue praying for her and her new life with Christ. We then loaded all the ladies into a pickup truck and drove about a mile and a half to the closest river. There, Pastor Chad baptized 11 new believers, including Nobayah! Before she stepped into the waters we were asked to give her a new name. We chose Grace. Grace was then baptized.
Each day I have found that I am stepping outside my comfort zone more and more. From the decision to go, to the long flights, to speaking with a group of 35 and sharing with those of another culture, I know that my life has been changed and that God was calling me to ‘go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’”