Yesterday, Andrew woke up EARLY in the morning and went with Pastor Euclide to the hospital to minister to the sick. A lot of people suffered major injuries as a result of the war. Andrew and the pastor went room to room sharing the love of Jesus and praying over the old and the young.

Probably, the most notable time was when Andrew went to the hospital to minister specifically to the women who have been victims of gender-based violence and rape. These women are separated from the rest of the hospital, because of the traumatic injuries they suffered. They have also, been shunned by society. The hospital puts them together in a separate building so that they can find some sense of community, since the rest of the community has stigmatized them.

Andrew found it so difficult, being a man, coming to minister to these women, but he heard from the Holy Spirit… He spoke with a large a group of the women,

“I don’t know the pain you are going through, I don’t know what it feels like to experience the things you have experienced . . . But I know someone who does…” He told them about how Jesus was also abused; he was also humiliated and cast out of his society. Andrew told them that he would pray for healing, but he also shared with them a very difficult message:

“You need to position yourself for your healing... You need to forgive…”

Andrew’s message on forgiveness was unlike most other messages they’d heard. Some ladies covered their head and looked at the ground as the Holy Spirit was dealing with them. You could see that an internal war was going on inside of them. These ladies have experienced some of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen, and they were learning to forgive and let go.

Andrew spoke lovingly, on how to forgive, why they need to forgive and the result of forgiving and putting it into the hands of the Father.  Afterward, he prayed over them.

Both, Andrew and I will be returning to these ladies next Monday to continue ministering to them… We will also be going to the rural villages where I will do special seminars with the women who have been victims of gender-based violence. Pray that we will be given the right words to say . . .
Nancy
6/9/2010

Oh my how the Lord used you in this difficult situation.
May the Lord continue to hold you up and use you in ways only He knows the outcome of.

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Kim
6/16/2010

What an experience! I'll be praying for you guys in preparation for your next visit. I'm interested to hear how it goes.

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