I had only been teaching the class for a little more than a week when the student raised her hand in class and asked if I thought God knew her.
I said, “Absolutely, He knows you! And He loves you.”
When class ended, she approached me and said she needed to talk. We went to the counseling room and, in her very limited English, she shared with me that she is being abused by a relative with which she lives. My heart was immediately shattered into a thousand and one pieces, and suddenly the question made sense.
She wanted to know if there was someone out there who knew and cared about her and her situation.
I shared with her just how much God loves her and asked if I could pray with her. As I was praying, I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit in that room and I was moved to tears. I wanted her to tangibly feel the love of Christ flooding her life and to know that no matter what she is suffering through, she is not alone.
That day led to follow-up conversations (and action on the part of the center to connect her with counselors and social workers), and about a week later she asked if I could teach her to pray, a request for which I was so thankful.
I was only volunteering at the center for about a month while we’ve been here in Kampala waiting to go back to South Sudan, but that entire situation reminded me that God isn’t limited by time, space, or power.
Because we are unable to go back to Nasir right now, Every Village is sending Blaise and I to another village called Tonj, South Sudan for the next three months. It has been so easy to think that, because it’s only a temporary assignment, not much will happen in terms of ministry. We don’t speak the language there and we’re essentially starting over in forming relationships and making connections for community development.
Yet God moved so powerfully in just a month of me teaching English to beginner-level students at a local center for adult refugees. How could I possibly believe that in three months He won’t do the same in Tonj? Why am I always so tempted to “put God in a box?"
I am incredibly thankful for my time at the center and for those types of conversations with my students. It was a powerful reminder that God is so much bigger than I could ever imagine and that He works through our obedience. As we prepare to head to Tonj, I am begging Him to help me just walk faithfully to where He leads and then get out of the way!