We have an incredible group of young people on this team. They are growing in their faith and truly showing the love of Jesus Christ to all they come in contact with. We thought we would let all of you back home get a glimpse of Swazi through their eyes. They were asked to give their perspective about our mission in one word followed by a brief description. Here’s what they said …
The first thing Eli did after telling us his word was turn to 1 Corinthians 13 and read the entire chapter to us. Then he said this …
We wouldn’t be here if it were not for love. God loved us and created us so we could love them. So we love them and the cool thing is, they love us back!
It’s like a cycle … God is love and He loves us. We receive God’s love and then love others. Then they love others … it goes on and on!
Kolbi – age 13
Kolbi says we must speak God’s Word all over the nations. He sees his friend, Niko, from Timbutini as a very happy and joyful person. He says that her happiness shines like a lighthouse. He was writing about Niko in his journal the other night. Just after he wrote that her smile was like a lighthouse, he looked down at the bottom of his journal and saw a verse about being a light. This confirmed what his heart was telling him … we must go and be a light to all around us just like Niko!
Tamara – age 15
We are all loved by God and equal in His eyes. Just as Jesus let all the children come to Him in Matthew 19:14 without concern for race or socio-economic status, we must allow these children to penetrate our hearts and love them regardless of their skin color. Love is color-blind!
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Austen – age 15
These kids are happy throwing a ball. These kids are happy playing with rocks. These kids are happy blowing bubbles (at any age). It frustrates me to think about how ungrateful my friends and I back home are most days. I should be happy with water at lunch rather than insisting upon Coke, but I’m not. The kids here would be thankful for water any day of the week. Lord, help me be content!
Maddie – age 16
I am truly humbled after being here and seeing how these children live. It’s amazing to think about the things they don’t have. Their focus is on what they do have, though, and that makes all the difference.
Chandler – age 16
Being obedient to God’s call is very important. We should never ignore His call. Being selfish or disobedient is not an option. We are commanded to be Jesus’ hands and feet.
2 John 6 says, “And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments …”
God’s commands are not optional. When we hear God’s voice, we should listen and obey.
Corbin – age 17
Corbin says … These kids are so smart and they overflow with God. They fill my glass and make my cup overflow. I want to stay here so badly because I see all of their potential. They know the Word, and they are so glued to God. It is utterly amazing!
I don’t know about you, but I wish I would have been this insightful as a young person. God is really speaking to them and showing them great and mighty things that they did not know!
Swazi Team Summer 2015