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Love of God Touches

  • September 25, 2017 09:20 am
  • by: Karen Parsons, Hope Africa University Missionary

Hope Africa University 2017

The Love of God is Greater Far… The sound of my students singing this song on the last day of the seminar rings in my mind and heart. I was in Bujumbura, Burundi to teach a library research seminar at Hope Africa University. Let me share about how God showed His amazing love to me during that time.

First was Gary Allen’s prayer from Philippians 4:6 the Sunday before I left, “Do not be anxious about anything…” From that time until the present, God answered that prayer even when I spent 50 hours in a Brussels hospital on my return journey. Another example of God’s love showed up after my hospitalization. When I went to the airline’s ticket desk to get my boarding pass to depart for home, I learned that I had been moved to first class. Hallelujah!

Even though the students at Hope Africa are expected to learn with English instruction, the communication exchange often inhibits learning, but this time the language barrier was crushed as Linnet, Director of the Library, translated my instructions to the students in their heart language. Students were diligent and eager to learn. Many said that the instruction came at a perfect time for them in their academic journeys. A real bond, esprit de corps, formed between me and the students, and their final presentations proved the positive learning and relational connectedness in the group. In their class evaluations, many also wrote about the deep meaning they found in the daily devotions.

The evidence of the love of God followed me home. When I walked into my house, I noticed that my furniture was nicely rearranged in the living room. On further inspection, I realized that my kitchen had been reorganized and painted a bright teal color. What more could I find?  A metal rack from the kitchen was re-purposed for towels in the bathroom, and as I walked a few more steps into my bedroom the bright pink walls enlivened the area.  Many finds from the Gigantic Sale for Missions transformed this space. And who did all this? Two of my dear SAFMC friends followed the Lord’s leading to create this welcome home surprise, providing 50-60 hours of labor in my home.

This only brushes the surface of at least 25 Love of God touches expressed to me on three continents: Africa, Europe, and here at home. Thank you for your prayers of love and support that orchestrated this amazing experience.

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