Memories from Africa

“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do. John 14:11-14 (MSG)

While we were with in South Africa with Children’s Cup, our faith was strengthened by hearing miracle story after miracle story of how God had saved, redeemed, called, healed and used men, women and children.

One story that made a huge impression on me was the testimony of Wethu (the young girl pictured here). We met this beautiful, vibrant little girl our last day in Mahushu, South Africa (just 15 minutes from Mganduzweni). As a baby, a witch doctor put a curse on Wethu and she died. For three hours, she was dead and for three hours, the men and women of her church there in Mahushu prayed over her. After three hours, breath was returned to her lungs and she was alive again!

Two things stood out to me about her…

1. Even after death, the people prayed by faith.

The faith that took to believe God at His Word is convicting and inspiring. What we think is dead may just be waiting for hands to be laid on it and life to be breathed back into it. They knew Jesus brought the dead to life and they believed the Holy Spirit could do that through them.

2. She was redeemed in a new form.

We were told that she may always be developmentally delayed. (I say ‘may’ because obviously from her story, God can do anything) But to watch Wethu worship and to see the joy and expectation on her face, you have to know that she was redeemed for a beautiful purpose. 

Thanks to my time with Wethu and so many other experiences, I left Africa with the impression that is was time to step up in faith and dream again for God!


Today’s blog was written by Katie Chatham.

  • Barb L

    What a beautiful story. What great faith. I love that you pointed out that the people believed so much they continued to pray and ask for God’s healing. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jolene Pittman

    Amen to that. Thanks for sharing such a great testimony. I think sometimes we know Jesus can raise dead things to life but will He? Yes, He is well able and ready to raise the dead to life again.