“…While in Africa, I found out some things. One of them being we are blessed with “things”. And another being that “things” don’t make people happy….” ~Scott Clemens
“Oh, my God is enough – He’s proved it o'er and o'er – He’s never known to fail – His power still prevails! Down through the tests of time – God’s people always find – Whatever life may bring – God is enough!” That beautiful chorus was met with harmonious voices lifted in song at the beginning of a small South African group of believers during home prayer meeting.
Should I sing those same words here in America? Do I need to sing those same words? Can I sing those words? I believe the answer is a resounding “YES!”
May I dare say that it is difficult for me to sing those words with conviction here in the USA because I have it “easy.” Now I would not wish to bring trials/testing upon myself, but upon seeing how blessed I am where I live right now, I want God to continually keep my focus on Him – everything was His to begin with, and He has entrusted us to enjoy many blessings while living here –
- My home is cozy and structurally sound as opposed to some we saw in Africa.
- We have it easy -- with nice churches and comfy pews. These children (in photo) sit on a "tarp pew" for their special service every Saturday.
- Our financial situations may be declining in America, but we are blessed with an abundance of food. Limited supplies are replenished to provide meat for these families (US visitors hunting photo).
Perhaps God proves to us His power in ways different from those living in a poorer country -- BUT, He is God there. He is God here. He is all they need and all we need. He will not fail and will never run out of power to keep us in the good times and bad.
Our mission trip to South Africa was phenomenal. 10 days, 17,000 miles, 17 hours of flight time (each way) and hours spent traveling place to places to view God’s beauty. This group consisted of my husband and me, his father, his brother and sister along with their spouses and a high school student from our Christian Day School. It was packed with amazing sightseeing of numerous animals – most just feet away. We helped spruce up a school/church campground and were privileged to go hunting to supply meat for the six African pastors connected to the conference. (Yes, yours truly shot her first animal from the back of a [non-moving] truck in the open fields of South Africa!)
This video clip will give you a little journaling of our time spent in South Africa. You'll want your sound on.
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