September 2014

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Three young men took the stage, and we anticipated their worship.  One of the many things that Africans have over on Americans is their ability to worship, and we knew that we were in for another beautiful song offering from these handsomely dressed young men.

Heidi looked over at me and smiled.  We were well into day five of the “Count Your Blessings” conference in Blantyre, Malawi, and every experience had proven to be more blessed than the last.  It’s always my immense pleasure to get to speak at these conferences, but it’s even more my blessing to get to witness the genuine love for our Savior that the African people display.  In particular, I get great joy from watching the dedication and love from the young people.  

The Praise and Worship Team is made up of all young people, and they take great pride in their worship.  They spend months rehearsing leading up to the conferences, and each of them either makes or has made their matching ensembles for each day.  These young people arrive early every day and they are always the last to leave, often leading worship ten to fifteen times each day.  Malawi 14, P & W 5

However, on the last day of any conference I’ve attended in Africa, the team wears its best outfits and there are a number of special worship offerings given throughout the day.  On this particular last day of the conference in Blantyre, we had been worshiping together with the team for about an hour when a trio of young men dressed smartly in red satin ties and black shirts and pants walked up on stage. (more…)

 

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She sits in bible study again this week, and she smiles every time it seems appropriate.  She says “Amen!” with the rest of the ladies when something particularly moving is said, and she answers questions when they are asked of her.

But still she doesn’t feel it.  Still she doesn’t feel anything.

There is a vague recollection, a faint memory of feeling her faith once upon a time.  It seems that she can almost grab onto this long ago heart condition, but then it slips away, more elusive with each passing moment.

What happened to that girl she once knew who was so on fire for Jesus?  Where did she go?  It doesn’t make it any better that everyone else around her seems to be having no problem living in the faith they proclaim.  They cry and laugh and genuinely seem to feel what they believe.  

Life just got in the way, and now she is left with doubt and pain at this Spiritual Sahara Desert which has become her life.

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Have you ever felt this way?  Have you ever entered into seasons of your life where you can only describe your faith as in your head but seldom in your heart?

Are you living in the Spiritual Sahara? 

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