Muga and Mala, two brothers from our church partner the Kale Hiwot Church, dropped by our house the other night for a bite to eat and to give us an update of some of the happenings in Hamerland. According to a fellow believer from Demika, one of the two main towns among the Hamer, a young mother from the mountain village of Buska, brought her daughter to a clinic in Demika. The girl, probably no more than three years of age, was covered from head to toe with large weeping sores and apparently had been for some time. The mother’s history of the sickness is quite bizarre by western standards nevertheless, she testified that the family worships a certain poisonous snake that is in fact resident in their home. One day the young girl became angered with the snake and threw a stone to chase the snake away. The snake in retaliation turned and spit on the young girl. According to the Mother, the first sores began to appear soon thereafter. The clinic staff in Demika were dumfounded upon seeing the sores and consequently gave her little hope of recovery from medicine. However, Hylo, wife of Halpa, a Hamer woman who’d been conducting Gospel outreach in Buska with her husband for the last few months came upon the hapless pair. After seeing the girl and hearing their story, she and several believers joined together and prayer over the little girl and within days her skin was renewed and all the sores were gone.
But wait that’s not it…Word of the little girl’s miraculous healing quickly spread throughout the area finally making it’s way to another hopeless Mother’s ears causing this woman to stare desperately toward heaven and asked for healing for the teeth of her young child who had recently been kicked in the mouth while milking a cow. The blow had badly damaged three front teeth which the mother feared losing. The losing of these teeth would constitute a curse from the local spirits and cause the community to label the child a “mingi”. “MIngi” children are often sacrificed for the benefit of the community to prevent other misfortune from visiting the group. The mother, believing the ill will of the spirits caused the event, thought that if the God that cured the little girl of sores could heal through the prayers of these strangers, then maybe he would also listen to the prayers of others as well. Amazingly, the child’s teeth were miraculously returned to normal and the woman in turn praised the God of heaven.
Like you, we were amazed at the stories above, and we praise our grace-filled God to continue to reveal Himself to the helpless and hopeless in similar ways. But we also pray for harvesters to be sent to follow up where God is working such miraculous signs. Our prayer is that disciples will be found and that from these followers will be made.
Recently we took a trip to Buska to confirm some of the things that we’d heard from the area and to encourage those Jesus followers living there. Above is a picture taken outside the Buska Church and gathered in front are all of the new followers, evidence of the Spirit’s work there. Many of these Bunna men and women are from the family of the head elder in the area mentioned in our last blog. Please remember evangelist Johannes (front row, last on right, red pants and blue shirt) and his family. He has recently moved to Buska from Wolaita and is still struggling to learn the language. Pray for God to use him mightily to raise up strong disciples who will also disciple their neighbors in the way.
To His Glory,