Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Oh Zarka!!

Where do I begin?  What a glorious morning!  We met with several denominations in one church in Zarka, which is about an hour north of the hotel.  We were so blessed by the singing of these precious women.  The Arab praise songs are beautiful and expressive even to English only speakers/singers.  I spoke to the most precious and attentive people.  They were so excited to answer all questions concerning the church Christ is building.  Their faces were something to behold. God did a mighty work in me to calm my nerves and give me such a heart for connecting with them.  The experience of having a translator speak after me was a bit confusing at first even though I had watched Charlotte and Sharon sail through it.  Our translator thinks in English and Arabic at the same time, so she was fantastic. 

After the church we were divided into groups of  two, three, and one.  Each of us had great translators who took us to different homes to visit with the nationals.  Kim went with missionaries to the home of two sisters and a widowed sister-in-law.  It seems that one sister is born again, but not the other.  The Gospel was given and we will be praying that it takes root.

Sherri, Sandi and I visited with a woman who had attended the church service.  She shared her heart and her burdens with us and allowed us to pray for her.  It was truly a sweet and tender time. 

Charlotte and Sharon accompanied a missionary to visit one of  her Muslim friends.  They have the distinction of being the only ones on our team who have been evangelized by a Muslim.   They had little to no chance to tell of Jesus because the woman was very adept at cutting them off.  This woman certainly gives us the opportunity for additional prayer. 

A conversation between Sherri, Kim, Nadia and her husband Nabil is fostering a heart pull about their ministry.  They are building an American school for children to be taught by American teachers.  He came to Christ under the instruction of a sweet American teacher who gave the Gospel to 43 children who all came to Christ with four of them now ministers.  Some of us were able to see where the construction was taking place and found the excitement of what God is doing to be very contagious.

We are off to a meeting with the director of AWT Ministries.

We are so very grateful for the prayer support and comments.

Billye and Sandi


  1. For a minute there from the title to this entry I thought this was going to be about drinking water but I should have was all about living water! Billye, I just got to hear the excitement in your voice that you all are surely sharing. Toni thought you sounded a bit tired but you sounded "pumped" to me. Now I can see, or read, why. We are praying for all of you and are having fun watching the Lord work through Team Barnabas.

  2. Hey Mom - I can't tell you how much fun it has been reading your (collective) blog! Bob and I were talking about how the people going on the trip are affected as much if not more than the people you went over to reach. I can tell by the comments that this is what is happening to all of you. Its so exciting to "go on this journey" with you.
    I've talked with Machen a couple of times - my goal of calling her every morning hasn't quite worked out, but we have so enjoyed talking when I have called her.
    God is amazing and doing a mighty work in you, the people over their and your families back home. I love you!!


  3. this is great - thank you for helping the Light shine more brightly in a very dark place, friends! we're praying for you!

  4. These posts have been fantastic! What a blessing to hear daily how the Lord is working in the hearts of people on the opposite side of the world. It is so neat how God has been revealing himself by using y'all to be His hands and feet in the lives of many, many different groups of people! Praise the Lord!!

    Praying Colossians 4:4-6 for all six of you...that you would proclaim the gospel clearly, act wisely, and make the most of every opportunity. And that every single conversation would always be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

    Much love and continued prayers :)

  5. Finally we can comment! I have been trying for 2 days! Bailee has been so sad not getting to write! Can't wait to see you! Love you mom!

  6. I love you. Hope you come back. I hope you are safe. and thats it. -Love, Bailee