We have lived in Swaziland for one year now! It amazes me how fast a year can go by, or how much can change in just one year. I am still in awe that God chose, and called us to live life and spread the Gospel in Swaziland.
To be completely honest, this has been a hard blog to write. I just keep thinking… How can I truly put into words or sum up in a nice little blog the past year of our lives? How can I find the words with enough meaning to show that our family is forever changed? How can I truly express the heartbreaking realities of so many living in poverty in a third world country?….and on the flip side of that, if I could just somehow give you a little glimpse into the big faith that we see lived out everyday you would know that there are no words deep enough, or meaningful enough, to describe the way that they see our all powerful God.
As Believers, we are all called to one mission…one purpose…and that is to bring honor and glory to God as we go and make disciples, as we spread the Gospel. Not all are called to move to third world countries to share the Gospel, but in our story, we are.
Whenever you say Yes to God’s call on your life, you are now on the front lines of the battlefield to be attacked by Satan. When our family said Yes to God’s call for us to move to Swaziland, all bets were off…1 Peter 4:12-19…We have experienced Satan’s attacks mostly through spiritual warfare personally, and in the ministry, like never before. We have also dealt with everyday childhood things like poisonous bites and broken bones…which then resulted in surgeries… and chicken pox and the latest a big gash on the foot….to just name a few. Now to keep things in perspective, when things like this happen, there’s not an ER down the street that we can go to at any given time of day or night, which definitely adds to the challenge.
Just as we are on the front lines to be attacked by Satan…we also now sit in front row seats watching God move, seeing His power and hand at work. Oh what an amazing sight that is! When you say Yes to God…to step out in faith into the unknown, when you step out of your comfort zone…those are the times you are refined and are drawn closer to God, and in return, you get to see and experience God in ways you never thought possible.
As I look back on the last year I am reminded of the song, “Oceans” , that God used in such a big way in our call to Swaziland. It was and still continues to be our prayer…
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Oh, Jesus, you’re my God!
I will call upon Your name
Keep my eyes above the waves
My soul will rest in Your embrace
I am Yours and You are mine
We love living in Swaziland. There are really no words to describe it. We have such a peace and contentment that we can only have through God, I know. It is such a testament of His faithfulness to His Word, and to our family. Although we have had our fair share of trials, and sometimes tears of missing loved ones, I know that without trials our faith would never grow. I don’t know about you, but I want trust that is without borders, and big faith in a very big and all powerful God.
“If you aren’t willing to put yourself in this is crazy situations, you’ll never experience this is awesome moments!” -Mark Batterson