My Song of Thanksgiving!
By Jane Mutugi
With a heart full of thanksgiving and gratitude to the Lord, I write that, despite the many challenges we have been going through, such as the new COVID rise in Kenya and lock downs, we are more than conquerors in the Lord. We appreciate what the Lord has done for us during this very difficult time.
Over a year ago, in March 2020, the emergence of COVID 19 made us stay at home. During the 100 Days of Prayer sponsored by the General Conference (March 2020 – July 2020), my friends Jochabed, Christabel and I chose to pray together physically while keeping social distance. We met daily outside to pray. We were curious to see how God would stop the rains so that we could gather together.
We also formed Whatsapp groups that brought women together in Nairobi and the North-East Kenya Field. We met every day at 6 am to share the Word and pray. At the end of the 100 days, we met via Zoom for a night of prayer attended by ladies from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Zimbambwe and Kenya. We literally had testimonies every single day, including someone who was scheduled for a kidney surgery but experienced healing!
The Spirit impressed us to reach out to the nearby community and help the needy. We started with those with disabilities, then moved to others. Soon the Karura Adventist church joined us and developed a program that would feed the needy in the community.
One day we visited Peter, a young man who had had an epifix (a protective barrier to support wound healing) on his leg for two years! We prayed for him. Our exact words were, “Silver and gold we do not have, but in the name of Jesus, we believe you can walk.” After we prayed, we went back and appealed to our friends, Mr. Mbugua and Deborah at the North-West Kenya Conference, who suggested taking the man to the hospital.
Despite COVID fears, we took him to Kenyatta National Hospital. Miraculously, in a few days they removed the epifix and began physiotherapy. The Central Kenya Conference leadership funded his treatment at the Nairobi Adventist Hospital for about four months in 2020. Indeed, there is power in united prayer.
In March 2021, we went back to check on Peter. You know what? Peter has a testimony! His leg was almost amputated but he said he believed that he could walk on his own feet by God’s grace. He is now stable and a happy man with hope in the Lord.
We sang and prayed together before Peter himself escorted us out his door! I could not believe my eyes! Yes, my Saviour heals and restores. This man is a true testimony that God can change any situation, no matter what. And that’s why I’m singing a song of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord because my God answers prayer!
Jane Mutugi writes from the North-East Kenya Field where she works as conference coordinator. She is wife of Pastor Benjamin Mutugi and mother of two sons, Eric and Enoch.
World Church Prayer Requests
November 19 – 25, 2021
- Pray for the ongoing spiritual growth of the 500 former rebels that were baptized on the Philippine island of Mindoro last Sabbath. (To read about this powerful story, click here!)
- Pray that many more will come to a knowledge of Biblical truth thru the testimony of these former rebels.
- Pray for the North-East Kenya field, that God will continue to grow the prayer ministry of the believers there.
- Pray for the Harerge Oromo. They are a hospitable people group in Ethiopia. Only 5% of the population of 7,214,000 believe in Jesus. Pray for laborers to spread the message of Christ's sacrifice and for receptive hearts among these people.
- Pray for the ability to continue to praise God with a heart of thanksgiving, even in the midst of a world that seems to be falling apart. Jesus is coming soon!