Don't throw away the shoes

Although they were often in uncomfortable situations, the MDT team saw hope shining in the eyes and faces of the people they spoke to – God’s people.

For two weeks near the end of their six-month training Missions Discipleship Training (MDT) students were sent to Eesterest, a township in South Africa, to ‘live life’ with the local people. 

As part of the outreach the students prepared and served meals to the homeless in the area. Besides preparing physical food, the team also prepared to share spiritual food: the Gospel. 

One day as the team went to deliver the food it rained. It was heart-breaking for them to realise God had sent them to people who were living in seemingly hopeless situations addicted to drugs and alcohol. God opened the eyes of the students not only to the brokenness of the people but also showed them His love for the broken-hearted. Despite the rain the team was still able to connect with people who were open to learning more about God. 

Joining a local Christian centre that helps people get off the streets, the team encouraged people to leave the dumpsite, go to the centre and start a new life with God. Jesus would be with them – they wouldn’t be doing it alone. 

At the dumpsite the team could see the hunger to hear the truth of the Gospel. Although they were often in uncomfortable situations, the students saw hope shining in the eyes and faces of the people they spoke to – God’s people.

After this special encounter with God and His people, MDT student Alia struggled with her experience. What’s more, she struggled to clean her shoes of the dirt and muck that had accumulated during outreach and contemplated getting rid of them. But God spoke to her during her quiet time, prompting her to clean the shoes and not throw them away. As she scrubbed the shoes she felt God saying ‘I did not throw you away, I cleaned you up.’

Alia was encouraged and moved that because of the training she had been given the opportunity to share God’s love with His children at the dumpsite.

 

By OM International