At the end of 1999, I was 13 years old. My family had returned to the United States to be with our family for the holidays. I spent New Year’s Eve glued to my grandparents’ television in Kansas City, watching speeches from world leaders and fireworks every hour on the hour as the new millennium wrapped it’s arms around the globe.
My commentary on the New Year’s celebrations in my journal went something like this, “Today we watched the new millennium come in around the world. There was a candlelight vigil on Robin Island. Nelson Mandela was there. Berlin had some really good fireworks. It looked like a lot of people were drunk in London. They showed the celebration in Washington D.C., and Josh said, ‘Poor President Clinton. His nose is all red. He must have a cold.’ Hahaha. Clinton’s nose is ALWAYS red, Josh! Everybody kissed in New York City. Gross.”
It turned out that my fears of Y2K destroying all chances of my returning to Mozambique were unfounded. Somehow, the plane that took us home still managed to get airborne and navigate us across the Atlantic ocean.
Back in Mozambique, the first month of the new millennium was really hard. A fellow missionary was killed in an armed robbery on a mission compound, two cyclones hit, so many missionary relationships were under attack, and devastating floods ravaged central and southern Mozambique, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. It felt like the enemy was jacked up on steroids, and he was doing everything he could to tell us that he was winning the battle for Mozambique.
Hahaha- but God REDEEMS! He took the enemy’s plans and used them to germinate seeds of revival, which still bear much fruit today! From one church of relocated flood victims has come 100 churches, and that is only one church that my family was involved in… not to mention the thousands of churches that have been planted throughout that nation through other servants of God- like the gang at Iris Ministries.
Isn’t our Father amazing in the way He works? Aaaaaaaaah. 😀
The enemy tries his worst to destroy us, and God makes Him pay for it through the nose. 🙂
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT.
“The darker the night, the brighter the day
The fiercer the fight, the stronger the faith
So, I place my hope in You!
The deeper the sin, the stronger the blood
The more to forgive, the more reason to love
So, I place my trust in You!
In Your ways, O God,
Redemption, so much better than perfection.
In Your ways, O God,
Over and over You prove Yourself faithful!
Over and over You prove Yourself a Redeemer!”
“Redemption” from her CD Those Who Dream
Did God redeem something beyond your expectations this decade?
We’ll start a praise party to bring in the new decade!