Written by Emma Freeman
We highly value our intercessors and take time ourselves to intercede before going away on an assignment. Each one of us who were traveling had obstacles to overcome, but God enables us and He’s worth pushing through for.
Here’s a few of our battles and what our Lord did...
One of our team members faced a barrage of negative thoughts challenging him not to go.
‘Who am I? I wont fit in with the girls, I’ll be in the way... it would be better if I didn’t go...they don’t need a man, it’ll be nicer for them to be just the ladies...’ It got to the point where he felt crushed. He contacted a few intercessor friends to ask them to pray and fought by standing on the word of God. He overcame and we thank God he did!
For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly but powerful through God for the tearing down of strongholds. We are tearing down false arguments and every high-minded thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. We are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Messiah
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 TLV
Another team member couldn’t get a GP appointment for anti malarial tablets 3 weeks prior to travel. Due to suffering with migraines, over the counter tablets needed a prescription. After exhausting most options, the GP still refused to help.
5 days until our flight, the options appeared to be trying Boots and lying if asked about health, requesting someone else to buy extra tablets (illegal), or going to Uganda (high risk malaria country) with out medical protection...
Deciding it was a test, the team member chose to ask God what to do and trust Him for protection and an answer. Feeling it dishonours God in the situation to lie, or break the law, they felt to go back to Asda for help knowing they couldn’t issue anything. They recommended a chemist called ‘Cohens’ (Jewish surname meaning ‘priest of God’) - how very apt to be sent there after choosing to turn to the High Priest (Yeshua) instead of turning to panic, lying, or breaking the law! They issued tablets without a problem! He is good, He provided!
Do not be anxious about anything—but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the shalom of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Messiah Yeshua.
Philippians 4:6-7 TLV
The day before flying, this member also had a severe migraine and it looked like they might be unable to travel, but they got better literally in just enough time to leave the house on time (without breakfast)!
One of our team was being unfairly pressed at work to the point of causing chest pains. Various other things happened to other members of the team that would be too long to mention, however our God is for us, so who can be against us?
Our last obstacle prior to traveling was also the first miracle of our trip! One of our team had been advised by their GP that they were up to date with all the relevant jabs, however, there was no record of them having had yellow fever vaccination. Due to a recent outbreak, it is currently compulsory to have proof of yellow fever vaccination to enter the country.
There are only a few pharmacies that carry the vaccine, but we were miles away and only had a short time until the flight. We prayed!
Then we called every pharmacy we could find! Most were too far away, or didn’t have free appointments within our 30 minute window...PRAISE God, we found a chemist that had the vaccine and were willing to wait 5-10 minutes to fit us in! We arrived just in time for our taxi to take us to the airport! We also had no problem entering Uganda (the vaccination takes 10 days to become fully effective, so the timing might have been a problem).
Thank you Lord for getting all of us there safely!
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us!
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