AFRICAN UPDATE – MARCH, 2000
When preparing to cross the Jordan River, Joshua told the people, “When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God (which was representative of His very presence), and the priests, who are the Levites, carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before” (Joshua 3:3 – 4). Each time we go to Africa, we walk new paths, and we meet new people. We actually walk in two paths: one as an individual and one as a team. We do walk in ways we have not previously walked, and even though I knew that we/I would encounter some new experiences this time, the Word of the Lord, through various people, had prepared me for something more — something beyond the usual. Even so, I was tremendously blessed and humbled as I saw the Lord go before us, surrounding us with His favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12).
We went forth as one team of eleven people, a multifaceted tool in the hand of God. We ministered in many schools and many churches, the Lord using each one in his or her God given uniqueness. It is really hard to cite numbers, but I know that literally hundreds were saved during our two weeks of ministry. Between 75 and 100 were baptized in the Holy Spirit, and even more were healed and delivered. At one of the village schools, there was one young boy who was about 8 years old for whom we were asked to pray. It so “happened” that he was named Samuel, just as my own son. Samuel had a very long oozing sore that extended from his knee to his ankle on his left leg. We were told that if the wound did not heal, Samuel’s leg would have to be amputated. As we anointed him and prayed for him, compassion. love, righteous indignation, and authority rose up in our midst. When we left Samuel that day, I had a keen sense that everything was going to be alright — that God was going to use this young boy mightily as a witness and as a testimony of His love and of His great power. Later in the week, the pastors from that little village church and school came to town and shared that Samuel’s leg had started drying up. It was improving daily. Praise the Lord! I praise Him, not only for saving Samuel’s leg and for glorifying Himself in his life, but also for allowing us to receive this report, at which we greatly rejoiced.
When I go to Africa, I literally live one day at a time. Though we may go prepared with an itinerary and with His Word in our hearts, God continually moves by His Spirit to orchestrate divine appointments. He continually reveals more and more of His heart and His will for the people, thus enlarging and perfecting that which He has already sown in our hearts for them. As each day unfolds, we can see that He has gone before us to open doors and to prepare the way.
I have been told that invitations to speak on the large government run Makerere University campus are rare, yet God opened the door through my friend Martha Nagayi, and I was blessed with the privilege of sharing there at two different lunch time meetings. Though I felt totally unworthy to address these elite groups of students, I knew that God’s favor had preceded me, and He had orchestrated all of it. It was exhilarating to be there. Great hope permeated the atmosphere. We were in the midst of an on fire group of young people who will be the future politicians, the future economists, the future businessmen, and the future leaders of the nation. These were young men and women who are being prepared for positions of influence in which they can impact the land with their salt and their light. These are those to whom God wanted to impart vision, and that is what I felt He had me do.
Going to the university was new to me. I had not “passed that way before.” In addition to this new door, God opened another new passageway. Even though He has blessed me with the opportunity to share on television here in the States (TBN and WATC TV57), I had not done so elsewhere. While in Uganda, however, He, having planted the vision in the hearts of June Smith and our native hostess, opened the door for me, Mildred Corley, and Esther Kalimuzo, the Kampala, Uganda Aglow chapter president, to be on Lighthouse TV, a TBN affiliate. The American General Manager of the station was familiar with Aglow, and he and our program host were greatly impressed with the ministry. We believe that God will use this interview to extend and expand His kingdom and His ministry through Aglow. Praise His holy name!
There is so much more to share, but I must contain myself to only two more reports:
1.) Although we were scheduled to minister at Namengera Spirit and the Word Church, the village church that was birthed during my last visit in June, 1999, circumstances prevented us from doing so. Terry did, however, get to meet with the pastors. They reported that the church now consists of 2 fellowships with a total of 100 believers. Praise the Lord! They are currently renting a building for their meetings, but they have found a piece of property that they would like to buy. While there, we planted a financial seed into their ministry, and we hope to further assist them as the Lord provides.
2.) Many visitors came to the guesthouse while we were there in Uganda. Among them, God brought two pastors to me: Pastor Edson Kato Mwombeki from Tanzania and Pastor John Paul Munganga, a long time acquaintance and fellow A.E.G.A. minister from the DRC/Rwanda. These men are seriously appealing to us to come to Tanzania and Rwanda. (Pastor Munganga gave me Isaiah 45:1 – 3, Revelation 3:8, and Revelation 4:1.) Some of you may know that we have already received a call to these nations through Aglow. My native partner in ministry, Martha Nagayi, has ties to Pastor Mwombeki of Tanzania, and she has already made plans to journey there to scout out the land on our behalf. In the meantime, we are fervently seeking the Lord regarding His will. Please pray with us concerning this.
Words cannot express the depth of our love and our gratitude to all of you who have encouraged and supported this ministry through your prayers and your giving, spiritually, financially, and otherwise. Whatever the Lord has accomplished has been through and by you, as you have allowed us to go forth as your representatives to the nations. God knows that our hearts are to maximize all that He puts in our hands and in our hearts for His kingdom’s sake. We are accountable to Him and to you, and we take that responsibility very seriously. Having just completed our first accounting year of ministry, we would be happy to send you a copy of our 1999 financial statement and a brochure from A.E.G.A., our ministerial covering, upon your request.
Please know that our continued thoughts and prayers are with you all. We pray that God will cause you to prosper spiritually, physically, and financially in all that you put your hand to do. As you delight yourselves in Him, may He give you the desires of your hearts. “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us, unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20 – 21)
Betty Goldman The Spirit and the Word Ministries
AFRICAN UPDATE – MARCH, 2000