Belgium to Niger - 12000 KM
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In Brussels, when it looked like we might be delayed for three days, God miraculously came through.The license plates for our vehicles had not yet been given to us, due to the lack of a vehicle inspection.The inspection, getting the license plates, and starting the long drive to Niger had all fallen onto the same day.
"God gave us favor with the officials to extend the time for which they would normally process cases."
When it looked like we would not have the inspection done on time, in order to receive our plates, God gave us favor with the officials to extend the time for which they would normally process cases. Forty minutes after all processing had closed for the day, we finally got the inspection letter and were able to begin our trek. What a way to begin our journey. We thank You our Heavenly Daddy.
"Our Heavenly Daddy decided to give us sweet kisses again, as we were able to get all our visas on the same day we applied for them"
I recall Murray Smith (Leader at Catch The Fire Raleigh) saying that his daughter had a vision of guardian angels being sent out and preparing the way for us. Well I can attest to how evident this was throughout the entire trip. It seemed that one moment after the next was an opportunity for the Lord to shower down His love and goodness upon us.
In Algeciras, Spain, we arrived late for the ferry to cross into Morocco, for which we had already bought tickets. However, The Lord had already prepared the way, and we were given favor to still get on board. In Rabat, Morocco, we had allotted for two to three days to get our visas for Mauritania, which is the normal time. Our Heavenly Daddy decided to give us sweet kisses again, as we were able to get all our visas on the same day we applied for them, putting us ahead of schedule. It was because of this, that we were able to travel through the Atlas Mountains and see some of the most remarkable sights I have seen yet to date. The beauty of the Lord’s creation is something so marvelous and inspiring indeed.
At both border crossings, from Western Sahara into Mauritania, and from Mauritania into Senegal, the Lord sent someone to us to lead us through. I don't even recall us talking to any officials, and they took care of all the documentation, insurance, and everything we needed for our journey.
Perhaps one of the most important things was the fact that we were guided through no-mans land, an area of 3km, infested with land mines all over. Looking around, you could see blown up cars everywhere. There really was no indication of where to drive, or which path to take. Having a guide, in this situation, was definitely a blessing from the Lord.
"In the midst of persecution, they are running fast after God, and fighting to see His word come to life"
Over the whole journey, I kept saying to Duncan, the Senior Leader of Catch The Fire Raligh that it was my dream to see sand dunes and be able to run and jump on them. I had been praying for the Lord to give me an opportunity so that this might be possible. As we were driving along the coastal road, it seemed impossible that we would come right near any big sand dunes. However, the lord prepared a way again and we ended up driving right by some massive sand dunes. We took the opportunity to drive up to them and run on them, as we gave God the glory. I was undone by the goodness and love Daddy had been showing us all along the way.
Once in Senegal, we were able to meet our friends Akin and Catherine, where we had an amazing time of fellowship.We were also able to meet our Mauritania brothers, whose names I can't mention for safety reasons. Being able to spend time with Christian brothers, from a country where it is the death penalty to become a Christian, has forever changed me in ways I cannot even begin to describe. In the midst of persecution, they are running fast after God, and fighting to see His word come to life. The risks they take on a daily basis are something I can't even begin to understand. My heart goes out to them and I am truly impacted by their courage.
"Tooth pain was healed immediately, eye problems were instantly gone and also knee pain completely vanished. There are no limits to the power of God"
God’s love truly carries to the darkest places; there is nowhere that it cannot reach. I am so undone that God would choose me to be able to see these places and hear about all He is doing. God has chosen our generation to see Mauritania changed and set on fire by the love of Christ. There is nothing impossible for God. There is nothing He cannot do.
I was also able to witness some miracles on this journey. We held some meetings in Senegal, and saw everyone prayed for get healed. Tooth pain was healed immediately, eye problems were instantly gone and also knee pain completely vanished. There are no limits to the power of God, and He wants to shower down His love on all who call on His name.
"I know that I will never be the same, or think the same again"
Sadly, this is where my journey ends. I accompanied the team all the way to Dakar, Senegal, and because of Visa issues couldn't continue to Niger. As a result of being on this trip, I know that I will never be the same, or think the same again. I saw and experienced God’s incredible love and goodness and made relationships that will last a lifetime.
The God of the angel armies is out there to fight for us, waging war on our behalf. He has already made a way. He has prepared it. Impossibility means nothing to Him. All we have to do is position ourselves to receive all He has for us.
“Before you were born, He knew you. He formed you in the womb and appointed you as a prophet to the nations” (NIV Jeremiah 1:5). You are called. You are chosen.