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Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

   Erin Jones
   16 July 2019

 

The reality of the situations we face in the field can often seem overwhelming. Recently in Mganduzweni South Africa, two children were brutally murdered for organ harvesting, a common ritual practice of the witch doctors in the region. This horrific act angered a community to action and resulted in the subsequent burnings of the two suspected murderers.

This act was incomprehensible and unbearable. It literally takes the breath from our lungs as we try to process it all and mourn the loss of now four individuals from senseless violence. At Children’s Cup, we are determined to bring Hope in these difficult places. We have a commitment to illuminate the darkness with Light and that is exactly what our partner, Pastor Richard Senyange, did when this horrible act occurred in his community. With support from a U.S. church, C3 Church, he was able to facilitate revival nights within the community of Mganduzweni, reminding them of the hope of Jesus.

These revival nights shifted the focus of the community from the darkness of the unthinkable to the light of Jesus. They worshipped and gave thanks to God for what He, and only He can do.

Pastor Richard said this about the revival nights: “During the revival nights, it helped a lot. The revival was focused mainly on healing the community. We preached every night for seven nights, the healing power of Jesus Christ to the community. We saw every night, people giving their life to Jesus Christ. We prayed for the community every night and we saw hope come back into Mganduzweni, through the revival there was peace."

He is our protector and deliverer, and we must keep our eyes on Him in all seasons and situations. Hope’s name is Jesus and we will cling to the truth that one day we will be reconciled with our Father, apart from violence and sin, in a perfect world. Until then, we press in and lift our eyes to acknowledge where our help and comfort comes from.

Psalm 121, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore."

 

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