That morning I had to wake up early to make sure I would be ready to preach at the Tampati church. Yesterday was a Vacation Day, but now it is back to ministry. Cookie’s husband invited ne to walk to the church with him. It was a lovely walk to Tampti. First I thought that the church was in Orosi village, but it wasn’t. As we were walking, Orgue and I exchanged some Biblical scriptures. That way we overcome the language barrier. The Word of God was our main way of communication; what a great way to unite two hearts. Tampati is a nice little village located in a magnificent valley, really impressive. Even if the church building is modest, what really matters is the presence of God’s Spirit in the midst of Go’s family. Since we arrived early we took time to pray, asking God’s blessing over the church service. As the people gathered what surprise me the most was to see the age level of the congregation, 85% were younger than 25 years old. Of course the dynamic of the music matches the youth energy. Then my turn came to bring the message God had laid on my heart; Suzy was my translator, we did work so well together. My topic was about the: “Two Camps”. Jacob was afraid to meet his brother Esau, so God came before Jacob to encourage him. Jacob realized that he wasn’t alone, he didn’t have only his only camp (family) but God camp (armies) was with him. My goal was to help the people to realize they are not alone. There is a similar story in 2 Ki 6:16–17 where we see Elisha praying for his servant that God would open his eyes to see the two camps. We read, “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes and let him see!” The LORD opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire. There is a great promise in Heb 13:6, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”
During the first few minutes Ruth told me that I seem nervous, but it didn’t last too long, I felt great freedom and joy as I was sharing that message. Yet, later that day someone help me realize that it would have been good to put a greater emphases on how God speak today, through His word. I am thankful for those who are concerned to help us getting better. After all James 3:1 say’s that ” we who teach will be judged more severely”. Yes a great responsibility is attached with teaching God’s Word.
That evening with the local translators we went to a Pizza party in Orosi. What a fun night it was!