Natalia and the team didn’t have anything to give but the message of Christ. God touched the crowd through the team and 50 people wanted to know more about Jesus that day.
Every Mission Discipleship Training (MDT), there are three or four different outreaches that aim to let students experience the reality of life in South Africa and equip them for a missional life wherever God calls them. One of the outreaches in this years MDT was to a township for two weeks. The area was created by the government during the apartheid era and is where people of mixed race live – it is also a very religious community.
It was here that Natalia* and her team visited a drug den. Men, women and children doing drugs in public without shame or restraint. “It broke my heart, I felt hopeless,” said Natalia. Mentally stepping aside, Natalia asked Jesus to take over the situation. After praying, she told the people that Jesus loved them and that this was not the life they were created to live.
Soon a crowd had gathered to listen to the students; with a hunger in their eyes. Natalia and the team didn’t have anything to give but the message of Christ. God touched the crowd through the team and 50 people wanted to know more about Jesus that day.
“I had never experienced that before,” Natalie said. “I saw God at work. I saw hearts open up. I saw the grace of God touch and do something I cannot explain.”
Natalia was amazed. It wasn’t about what the team did, all they had to do was humbly obey and share about Jesus. Touched that God had used her to make a difference in those people’s lives, Natalia thanked the Lord for the experience – feeling what breaks God’s heart in order to learn how to love the broken as God has loved her.