On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”
Our Ransom Restore team set out on the journey from Sioux Falls on Friday and arrived at the Poetice base in Choma, Zambia on Sunday afternoon to the warm smiles of staff, volunteers, and friends that would quickly become family. Our routine for the week on base was quickly adopted – meals eaten under the warm African sun, downtime on the veranda playing Uno with the youth volunteers, walks to the nearby communities of Mwapona and Kabanana to pray with families and neighbors, team time to share and remember all that the Lord is doing and speaking.
‘Community Restoration’ is the focus of our trip, and there could not be another phrase that speaks to the core of what we are seeing happen in Choma. On our first evening, Abby shared the beautiful vision of the heart of the Poetice ministry – a river that the Holy Spirit started long before Poetice existed and it isrushing. We simply jump in the river. We feel what He feels, we hear what He says, we do what He does, we go where He sends.
And so this week, we are jumping in the river. We will feel what God feels, hear what He says, do what He does, and go where He sends.
Our mornings were spent conducting Restore sessions for Poetice staff, volunteers and friends. The heart of Restore is to bring clarity and find resolution about what is holding people back or weighing them down. 2 Cor 3:17 promises that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! We simply help usher that freedom into people’s lives by spending intentional time connecting with the Holy Spirit. We pray that the power of God through this ministry will change lives in Zambia.
Each afternoon we joined Sydney, Sunday, Ceasar, Derek, Jeremiah, Kisco, Jerry, Anita, Mama B, Moshon, and George in their communities to pray for and connect with their families, homes, and neighbors. We believe that empowered and equipped with the Holy Spirit, these friends will start a wild movement of God in the compounds of Kabanana and Mwapona, the city of Choma, the nation of Zambia, and the world. We spend time in their homes praying for health, provision, relationships, and restoration.
This week we also spent time praying over buildings and spaces that are key in Poetice’s vision for the future. We agree with God that the Poetice base will be a light that shines bright, that within this place people would find community, family, safety, hope, and fun. We trust that even the soil would be soaked with the goodness and presence of God; that every person that interacts with the Church at Poetice will know Jesus.
At first glance, restoring this community to God’s original design may seem a task too daunting to tackle. But my own faith has grown by seeing the simple acts of obedience that have made Poetice Zambia the safe haven that it is. The simple acts of hearing and obeying for years and years have deepened the roots that are now seeing fruit. It has been an honor to jump into this river of what God is doing in Choma.
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Jodi Stahl was a member of the 2018 Ransom Church Immersion Team.