Hello there family and friends, its Maatie again. Another month of the internship in the books, one more month to go! Let me share with you what’s been happening in my walk with the Lord the last couple weeks. This journey has taught me many things, but I’ll give you the highlights and save the other juicy stuff for in person.
This past week, our team went on outreach to Mongochi, Malawi for 10 days. It was like a little mission trip for all of us, getting away from our base in Choma for a while. Now, Malawi is a Muslim dominated country. This was the first time I have ever been to a place where Christianity isn’t the main belief. Being surrounded by Muslims made me a little anxious at first, but towards the end of the trip it wasn’t a problem for me anymore. One thing that defiantly surprised me was how open the Muslim people can be to hearing the word of Christ. In some instances, some villagers would come to bible study immediately after coming from praying at the Mosque. These people, even though raised Muslim, were hungry to hear the good news of Jesus. It blew me away. Every morning and afternoon we went out into small villages in teams of 4 to do DBS (Discover Bible Study) with anyone who wanted to join. Most importantly, I learned how important it is that people come to discover Jesus on their own, through holy discussion of God’s word with other believers. In one bible study, we were finishing up and taking prayer requests, when one woman asked us to pray for her son who was having stomach pains. Prayer requests for healing are very normal here in Africa, something I’ve never really experienced in the states. Anyways, after we finished praying for her son, the leader of my group, Pastor Rhoda, grabbed the mother, and laid her down. She looked over to me and said “this woman is manifesting and evil spirit, we must start praying”. This shocked me. I have heard before, and believe in evil spirits, but never been in contact with someone who had one. I said a silent prayer for courage for myself, then joined the others in praying for this woman. We prayed all at once, aloud, banishing this spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. After many minutes, the woman sat up, freed. With a smile on her face, we could tell the Lord had taken the evil spirit out of her. I stood there in awe for a while, processing what I had just saw. Shortly after we finished praying, the woman said she wanted to accept Jesus as her savior. Pastor Rhoda led her through a confession prayer. At that moment we gained another sister in Christ. This was the highlight of the trip to Malawi for me, an experience I will not soon forget.
I learned to lean on God. That praying for healing, or praying to banish an evil spirit, takes a leap of faith from me as much as it does for the person being prayed for. The Lord is active and present, and the Holy Spirit dwells in each one of us who accept Him. What greater gift is there? Not only are we protected from any evil spirits because Jesus already fills our hearts, but we have the ability, the calling, to share that with others. Praise Him! What a wonderful God He is. Amen!
There’s just a brief instance of this past month on this adventure. There is many more, but explaining it all would quickly turn into a book. Thank you for taking the time to read, your prayers are very much appreciated. One month to go!
-Caleb (Maatie) Maat
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Caleb Maat • 2017 International Immersion Intern