Seeking the Joy of the Lord

Seeking the Joy of the Lord

Laura Kay Bazemore, Madi Hall, Catie Young, Anna Claire Pritchett, Carol Young; Patti Bazemore, Beth Powell, Jennifer Adams, Kaila Cooper, Carolyn Powell, Robin Hall, Lisa Hayes, Teresa Pritchett, Karen Hillman, Jesse Powell, Bryan Hayes, Nick Hagen, Brad Hillman
Laura Kay Bazemore, Madi Hall, Catie Young, Anna Claire Pritchett, Carol Young; Patti Bazemore, Beth Powell, Jennifer Adams, Kaila Cooper, Carolyn Powell, Robin Hall, Lisa Hayes, Teresa Pritchett, Karen Hillman, Jesse Powell, Bryan Hayes, Nick Hagen, Brad Hillman

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon us, because the Lord has anointed us to bring good news to the poor; He has sent us to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Since 2009, Warren Baptist has been sending mission teams to Swaziland, Africa.  We have sat with weeping mothers, held crying babies, hugged children who are head of households and ministered to great physical needs.   Isaiah 53 says that Jesus was a man of sorrows and was acquainted with grief.  During our past seven trips to the land of Swaziland, we have shared in some small way the sorrows and grief that Jesus feels when He looks on the world as it is today. The paradox is that there is incredible joy among the sorrow.  Amidst all of the physical suffering is inexplicable joy.  We travel to Swaziland to give ourselves away only to return to America with a huge piece of Swaziland with us.  Somehow, our hearts never come back but still remain on the other side of the world. We wonder what has happened to us?  Why are things so different?  Part of the reason is that we want to experience the joy that we had while we were there.  We want to be like the Swazis who are content regardless of their circumstances. We are reminded of 2 Corinthians 6:10 “grieving yet always rejoicing; poor yet enriching many;having nothing yet possessing everything.” And so again, we go back. Eighteen diverse people from the ages of fourteen to sixty-seven years old are counting down the days where we can be amongst people who can teach us so much. We covet your prayers for unity for the team, good health, safe traveling and for the Glory of God to go before and behind us.
Date of travel:May 28-June

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