For a couple of weeks in June, a group of students from the Night School of Transformation went on a short term-mission trip to Stellenbosch, South Africa. The purpose of this trip was to work with the newly arrived All Peoples Stellenbosch church plant team in generating interest around the new plant. Many physical, emotional and spiritual healings took place, including people across all stages of life giving their all to Jesus.
We hope you feel encouraged as you journey through Katie’s testimony and the deep work God did in her while in South Africa.
“You are a guide for the blind and a light for those who are in the dark.” Romans 2:19
“For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground..” Isaiah 44:3
These were two passages of scripture that God led me to a few days before the trip, and as I reflect on our trip to South Africa, it is so clear that He went before us. We walked in power and authority as we healed the sick, led people out of the darkness into the light and discipled people that were yearning for more of His presence.
I didn’t know this until the trip, but apparently when All Peoples was planted in San Diego, there had been a major drought. But the year that All Peoples San Diego started was a year of intense rain. There was so much rain that there were flash floods and mudslides. The leadership felt that the rain in the natural world represented revival and restoration that would sweep over San Diego. Interestingly, South Africa had been in a major drought before our arrival. A few days into our trip, we received warning that a storm not seen in 30 years would be sweeping across the country. The storm would carry with it hurricane-type winds, heavy rain and flooding. And it did. It rained… and rained… and rained. So much so, that we got really tired of mall evangelism (more on that later)! We felt that the rain upon our arrival represented what God wants to do in South Africa, just like he did in San Diego. He wants to pour out his spirit on a parched and weary land. South Africa is at the cusp of a cataclysmic change. Revival is in the air. The South African people want unity, and change and hope. It was such an honor to be a small part of the greater story that will unfold through All Peoples Stellenbosch.
I had intentionally prayed for before we left was that our team would experience miraculous healings and countless salvations. And praise Jesus, we had such a fruitful trip. We had a woman regain her sight, and another woman regain her ability to walk. We had people asking to receive Jesus simply due to conversations while passing each other in the townships or in the bathroom, and the kids on our trip walked in boldness and faith just like the adults.
Something that I struggled with during the trip was feeling like I couldn’t “do” as much because I had my 4 year old on the trip with me (and my spouse wasn’t there with me to help). I had to be a bit more cautious from a safety standpoint, I had to keep an eye on him even when praying over someone and I missed a lot of team times due to putting my son to bed or recovering from a terrible flu. The enemy can really attack you by making you feel inadequate and useless. I just love how God tangibly shows us truth to counteract the enemy’s schemes. On our last night in South Africa, we had a gathering at a restaurant to connect with the people we met over the course of our stay. We were praying for a few people to show up, because culturally it’s very common for people to say they will come and then not arrive. Amazingly, we had TWENTY people show up to the vision night! Furthermore, two of those people that attended were people that I had specifically pointed out as “people of peace” when we were doing that dreaded “it’s raining so hard the only place we can go to is the mall” evangelism. One of the women has already connected with the long term team about co-leading a Lifegroup at Stellenbosch University. So, while I was feeling sick, lame and worthless at the end of the trip God was so gracious to me and showed me that I did indeed have a purpose on this trip and that He worked through me too!
There was a song that I had in my head the whole time we traveled home. The lyrics say, “In your name I come alive to declare your victory, the resurrected King is resurrecting me.” As I look at this past year of the School of Transformation, and our trip, I can see that God indeed resurrected my wandering and hopeless heart so that I can declare His victory. I feel so privileged that I was able to declare His victory alongside an incredible group of world changers.
The only thing better than chasing hard after Jesus is to do so with friends that become like family.