I knew this “series” if you will would take me a long time. it’s soul work. I’m working on part 3, but for now. catch up on part 1 then read this
His Promises part 2.
Before I go into what God told me during the “date with God” at Created for Care, can I just recap you of what He told me during this time in 2012? God spoke to me about brokenness being restored. I talked about that here. and then I got a tattoo. but I still really didn’t know what it meant. Then God spoke to me almost 1 year later + revealed WHY he laid that on my heart. So, maybe I”m almost a year late in posting this story, but apparently these things take time to really fully reveal themselves to me.
back to 2013. date with God.
Ok wait, I lied. a little more back tracking. August 8, 2012 I was walking the streets of Korah, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Typical day for me that summer while I was living with a missionary family and working with a ministry there. In my visits to this community over the years, I had developed quite a few relationships. One of them is with one of the prophet-ess in the village, Mulu. I had been to her house many times in the past 2 years, and had the honor of praying for her daughter, Mercy and loving on her little boy whom she adopted, Yepsura. I knew Mulu was a woman of great faith and persistent prayer and I had asked her a time or two if she would pray for healing for my endometriosis. The summer before I was in Ethiopia, I was talking to Jenna + Lana at home and they told me we were going to pray that God would HEAL me. Wow, seriously what a concept. Why had I never thought over the years that I should be asking God for that, believing and having faith that He indeed could heal my broken body.
I wanted to have big faith, like I’ve said before, so I wanted her to plea to God on my behalf for my healing. I had asked Mulu several times that summer + the timing had never been right. On August 8th, the timing was right. I asked her, through a translator, if she would pray for me. God is so sweet, in that my bestie Jenna was actually with me in Korah that day [on a mission trip] AND I had “randomly” brought my video camera. best friend + video camera = amazing proof of this once in a lifetime prayer session. Tiba, the translator, Jenna, Mulu and I all went into the room where a group of 20ish Mission Ethiopia ladies were working. Mulu had me tell the ladies, through Tiba, what was wrong and how they could pray for me. I nervously tried to tell them about my endometriosis in a way they could understand, and pleaded with them as mothers to pray for God to heal me and open my womb.
It had to have been at least 20 minutes of praying before we said amen. Mostly in Amharic, their native language, and even though I don’t know exactly what words were offered to God that morning, I knew in my spirit. I felt the prayers. These women all had their small children with them, as they often do when they work, and at the beginning of the prayer session they were all hunkered by their mamas, and towards the end of the prayer time, they were all huddled by me. Yall, at this point, camp + asher were not mine yet. It was a beautiful picture to me, of how God sees me. Well, just simply that he does in fact see me! After the praying, Mulu said she had a word for me. We opened up my bible, and read from Luke 1. “And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. And Mary said, “behold, I am the servant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word” I have 8-8-12 Mission ET/Mulu prayer written in pink next to those verses in my bible.
I walked away from the dirty streets of Korah that day renewed. I walked away with a new hope. A reminder that NOTHING is impossible with God.
a little visual. this is Mulu! although this picture was about a year later, going through my istagram I remembered that even a year later they prayed for me!
this is me + jenna from that trip :)
and tiba. the translator extrodinare.
ok, I promise. His Promises 3 will actually talk about my date with God. the goal is to write it before THIS years date with God in in two weekends…