Wednesday, December 31, 2008

It doesn't have to just be in Africa.

So i met someone last night who is probably one of the gnarliest people i have ever heard speak in my life.

This is a 21 year old girl named Cassandra, with a heart for Africa. Six months ago, she went to Sudan, wanting to work in warzones, with few plans, no translator, no guide, no partner organization. While she was there she just loved on street kids. Helping them to feel loved in ways they had never been able to experience before. 

All the while, she had a passion for the healing and transformative power of God. She had the faith that God can overcome all the things of this world. She and the kids she cared for prayed for so many people and saw Malaria healed, mute people speak, deaf people hear, blind people see. All just her, the street kids, and God. 

One day, she went to this hospital ward with the street kids where dozens of babies were lying sick with malaria. She and the kids just held the babies and loved on them and prayed for their healing. Believing that God was bigger than malaria and bigger then their circumstances, they just prayed. When the day was over, they returned home. A couple days later, the hospital called Cassandra and told her that they needed her to come back to hospital right away. When she got there, they asked her what had happened because the following day, all of the babies in the ward she had been in had gone home, completely healed.

People... this is not a story of the past or a story of Benny Hinn or some other crazy Jesus guy. This is a 21 year old blonde girl from Canada who just wants to see God restore the warzones of the world for his Glory. 

Do we have faith like this? 
Do you think that if you prayed for someone they would be healed?
Do you know that the bible says we have the power to do things GREATER THAN JESUS DID.
The miracles you can achieve with God can be gnarlier than those of Jesus.

This girl gave every day to Jesus. He lead her where to go, he told her the cities to go to and the people to care for. For months of her trip, leaders at the United Nations and national leaders in Sudan and Uganda were looking to her for advice to how to care for the children in these regions. This respect for what she was doing was so dynamic that the UN and the Ugandan government has asked her, a 21-year-old, to develop a program on how to rehabilitate child soldiers and reintegrate them into society. The UN admitted that they were failing in Uganda and Sudan, and looked to her to figure out a way to succeed. They are asking her to care for children who can hardly return to society after years of torturing and murdering people as soldiers.

This is the power we have in Christ. This is the plan God has for all of us. While Africa might not be our destination, we have this level of power in his favor. HE loves us enough to love on his favorite ones. 

Can we grab hold of this? Can we believe this?

I hope I can. I can't imagine a more important thing to strive for.