Something looked different. Her eyes danced with new emotion—forever changed from her travels to Africa. Morgan smiled sweetly at us as she opened her laptop, which held her prized photos, videos and memories of her mission trip.
Morgan met with us to share her journey to Lesotho, Africa:
“In Africa, they really show their emotions. They greeted us with high pitched noises, displaying their excitement of our arrival. They sang at the tops of their lungs…I’ve never seen anyone worship so passionately. They wailed, I mean wailed, as we left, chasing our bus as it drove out of sight. Yea, much different than many of us here, who suppress our feelings.”
She scrolled through pictures of young women with hands in the air and played a video of them singing and dancing.
“Even the people I met who are suffering from AIDS, they were thankful for all things. They give 110% in all they do—despite the fact they know they’re dying. I think about when I play soccer and don’t feel good, rarely do I give my all.”
Morgan scooted her laptop closer so we could see the sweet baby boy whom she’d bonded with.
“We tend to take salvation for granted. Not so in Lesotho. Their hope in Christ is EVERYTHING!”
Morgan glanced at the picture on her laptop in deep thought.
“But the one thing that transformed me the most was my encounter with Hopolang. I walked to a hillside to be alone. Everyday was too much for me to take in… I needed some time to process. I sat there. Talking with God.”
Her eyes welled.
My plan was to start a Jericho Girls Group amongst the teen single moms in Africa. These young ladies are not moms by choice. They’d been victims and kicked out of their villages. They found their way to the The Good Shepherd Center. That’s where I had met Hopolang.”
She looked past all of us to recall her moment.
“I was talking with God on the hillside. I wasn’t sure how I would approach the topic of a Jericho Girls Group with these young women. ‘Lord, how am I supposed to do this? Show me, please.’ Then I felt a gentle hand on my shoulder. Hopolang had come to sit with me. She began to tell me her story. Then she looked right into my eyes and said, ‘These experiences have caused me to build walls. I can’t connect with the women here, yet I feel like I need to share my story.’”
Morgan glanced up and all of us who’d come to hear her adventures, well, we were all in tears.
She continued. “I told Hopolang about the ten books I’d brought to Africa. She couldn’t believe it! Hopolang began to cry and said, ‘I love to read and I can read English! God brought me here to you, at this very moment so He could arrange this. I know ten girls who would want to be Jericho Girls. We all need to connect, we just don’t know how. I’m a born leader…I can do this!’ And on a hillside in Africa, I bonded with the most amazing young woman I’d ever met. I threw my arms around her and cried into her shoulder. We sat there crying together. You guys, I encountered God!”
Morgan pushed the arrow on her computer to show us a group of young African ladies holding my book, Walls of a Warrior.
I was overwhelmed and astonished. I couldn’t move. Too many feelings at once; love filled my heart for the women there… inspiration from Hopolang’s transparency and courage…humbled at Morgan’s obedience to God’s call…hopeful at what God can do when I simply say, “Yes”.
Morgan looked at me and said, “Jericho Girls is an international ministry!”
Flooded with emotions, I sobbed.
God’s plans for you and me are immeasurably greater than we can ever imagine. Years previous, while I wrote words on pages, He was preparing Morgan’s heart to go to Africa. He was whispering in dark circumstances to Hopolang, Someone much greater is at work.
Be encouraged today. Know that the dream that God has put on your heart, is larger than you could possibly comprehend. Allow yourself to be inspired, hopeful and even ecstatic at what He is doing in your life—even when you can’t see it or understand it. Don’t lose sight of your dream and simply let Him do His thing.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV.