The Knysna team has arrived safely back to our homes in America. Our journey back home was very safe and full of tired eyes! We are grateful to God for all He has done before and during this trip. Just as the Word says “He hems in behind and before” (Psalm 139). We look in great expectation to what He will continue to do in Knynsa, America, and all over the world!
One of the coolest parts of the trip was getting to see with our own eyes what God has done through the Wilkins family in Knysna. We had the opportunity to visit Rheenendal, a suburb just outside the city. The team was able to hear the testimonies of a few men who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. Chris was been reading the Bible with them, praying with them, and challenging them. These men have created their own accountability groups and have even started to teach others! To hear the testimonies of how Christ has completely transformed these men from the inside out left us completely speechless. The power of Christ is still alive and is able to bring healing, purpose, love, and life! Praise God for His work that is being done among the nations, and thanks to the Wilkins family for being so obedient to step completely out of their comfort zone to follow Christ to the unreached places.
The men did such an amazing job of work this past week as they helped with the process of completing a volunteer house for YFC. The team was able to talk to young men about Christ and build relationships. The greatest part of a short term trip like this is that follow up with these men will happen with the workers who live there. Continue to pray for the Hands and Heart program and the spiritual and physical work that is being accomplished.
The women finished the trip with a few more home visits and praying at the hospital. We were able to visit and pray with some young women at a program in one of the townships. Our hearts broke as we heard stories of rape, abuse, and ultimately, desperation. Join us in praying for these women to find purpose, value, and their identity in Jesus Christ.
And now, we are back to our day to day lives in America. We left America with so much anticipation for what God would do, and we return with great joy for what was accomplished, as well as the desire to step out of our own comfort zones. Short term trips like this have the affect that changes our entire perspective of our everyday lives, and that’s one of the coolest parts. As we adjust back, pray for the team to rest in God and listen to how He is asking us to be more like Him here in America. The mission doesn’t stop here! May we continue in boldness!
And for you, the reader. Thank you for joining us on our trip to South Africa. Thank you for the way you have prayed and also seen what God has done. I pray your spirits are encouraged as you hear of the wondrous things God is doing all around the world. I pray you will find true hope and purpose in Christ our Savior. I challenge you, what is God asking you to do today? The mission continues and we all have a specific role to play! Let’s find out what that role is together!
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age..”
-Amelia and the Knysna Mission Team