My team and I were on crusade in Mount Fletcher; a rural, mountainous community in South Africa. To say it rained, would be an understatement. Nay, it flooded. And flooded again. Hungry to hear of Him who saves, the people stayed. Seeped in mud up to their ankles, they huddled under umbrellas and blankets. Our sound team worked miracles, somehow managing to keep my voice loud and strong across the waterlogged field, in spite of the deluge.
On the one evening however, for several critical minutes, the speakers gave in. I say critical, as the moment they succumbed, was that in which I was about to make the call for salvation. The Gospel had gone forth with crystal clarity, the atmosphere was heavy with His presence, the people poised to throw themselves into the arms of Christ. My interpreter was an elderly gentleman, a pastor in the community, who had been gifted with a voice that would have made James Earl Jones squirm with envy. Turning to me with earnest eagerness, the rain still pelting with determined force, he said, “Keep on preaching, I will preach louder!” And so I did, my feminine notes audible perhaps to the first row of umbrellas. He followed suit, his voice a thunderous bellow, spine-chilling in quality, carrying far and wide. As I watched how those even in the very back rows streamed forward to give their lives to Jesus, I knew that all had heard.
Whenever I remember that night, I glorify God. The Lord had known the rain would fall, He had known our equipment would fail us. And so, He ensured that the man by my side would be one gifted with an internal amplifier. The Gospel went forth, unstopped. Dear friend, this is my encouragement to you. Nothing surprises God. He foresees all, whether circumstances beyond our control or our own missteps. For His children, He has an array of safety nets, an unlimited supply of contingency plans in place. He will not fail you. He knows the way out of the storm. And so, cling to Him. He will lead you from shifting sands, to solid ground!
Yours in His service,
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at www.inhisname.org.za