Hey all, it’s Ashton again!
I cannot boast more about the goodness, provision, and guidance of my Lord. I am happy to exclaim that we serve a mighty God who moves, speaks, and transforms. This past four weeks have been nothing but a beautifully crafted challenge. I felt as if around every corner I was encountering a new pressure from the Lord that was bettering my heart. The posture of my heart has thus moved from this place of comparison, fear, and discomfort and postured towards a place of pure peace. I am captivated, overcome, and encouraged by what the Lord has accomplished.
So, this past week, I had the opportunity to travel to the country of Malawi with the sole purpose of community outreach. Can you believe it? A whole week designated for physically living out service as the hands and feet of Christ. My team and I came into Malawi with huge expectations and the Lord prevailed. The Lord prevailed BIG. I saw with my own eyes, felt with my own hands, and experienced with every part of my heart the healing powers of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Further, during this outreach, I was blessed to cross paths with two particular men of peace. My team and I were on the move looking for two specific families that we had encountered the day before. However, the Lord had different plans for our group and both families were oddly absent. Thus these two men, who were brothers, each suffering from a particular aliment of the body; sought my group out for help. The elder brother was hard of hearing in one ear and completely deaf in the other. While, the younger brother was unable to walk without immense pain in all of his joints. The Lord healed each man of their particular ailment and brought life back into a broken situation. A man that was unable to walk freely stood up and walked and a man that was unable to hear heard the voice of his own brotherly loudly. The Lord is so good.
However, before this chance meeting I saw the Lord move in a different way. I experienced him do another miraculous healing but within my own heart. I had been struggling with depression and anxiety for the past four years of my life. But, I am happy to praise that, during my week in Malawi, I woke up for the first time in four years without this heavy burden of depression and anxiety. I experience what it truly means to be loved by God and loved in full. I faced so many challenges on this journey but within the hardship came my freedom.
Thus, I have been challenged to now live in this freedom, to bask in his love, and run towards the arms of my Father. I am so grateful for his continual grace, fervent truth, and purposeful peace. I want to tell all people of his great love that he bestows on his children. The Lord is not running from us but rather towards us waiting, yearning, and pleading for the grasp of our hearts. I challenge myself to grasp the heart of the Lord and trust him fully in all things. Praise be to God.
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Ashton Newman • 2017 International Immersion Intern