Where is Swaziland?
Posted September 21, 2011on:
So…I’m leaving in eight days for Swaziland! There’s still much to do and think about and plan before I go, but regardless if I’m ready or not, the trip comes. I fly out on Thursday, Sept. 29 and arrive in Swazi on Saturday morning.
I’ve heard from some of my teammates and they all seem like great people. I’m excited to meet them and even more excited to meet Swazis – learn from them and at the same time, bring something unique from God for them. I’m seeking the Lord on what He would have me tell them and believing Him for a connection with at least one person.
We will be working with younger children and I can’t help but feel that the story of Samuel is appropriate. Hannah sought God in her desperation to have a child and escape the oppression and persecution of her husband’s other wife. She went into the temple and cried out in her heart to the Lord, not caring if she looked foolish. And when Eli saw her and she explained why she acted so, he blessed her. That prophetic blessing was enough – Hannah KNEW God would answer and so she left the matter in His hands and went back to her family with joy.
God answered her faith and not only provided her a child, but a son to be lent to Him all the days of his life, who she named Samuel – “God hears”. All Samuel’s days, he would speak to God and God would hear him. When Samuel was weaned, (which some have said could have been as young as 3) he went to serve God in the temple.
What I want to share with the children is that even at a young age, you can serve God, speak to Him and know that He hears you. That God loves children just as much as he loves adults. That God loves Swazis and they are important to Him.
I think often about how when a disaster happens, we want to know if any Americans were affected. But God cares about all the people of the world and as Christians, we should recognize all life as precious, regardless of the color or culture it wears.
Back to the title, so where is Swaziland? At the center of God’s heart, that’s where.