I had just arrived. All eyes were on me. Tiny, narrow pathway, personal bubble completely popped, yelling, a massive chaotic scene filled with carts and colors and sounds and smells, all new and so completely overwhelming.

Then the clock struck 3. I watched as it played before my eyes. Everyone seemed to hurry for the iconic plastic teapot everyone owns here. As I watched with curiosity and in amazement, everyone began washing their feet, preparing themselves as the afternoon call to prayer from the nearby mosque pierced the busy and crowded market. Men focused hard on washing up well and scurried off.

Later, I heard a story of how often people in this area will ask for a loan of cash and can usually never pay it back, often damaging relationships with each other and with missionaries, because they feel shame in not being able to pay it back.

These beautiful people work so very hard to clean themselves and to hide their shame and they are not even anywhere close to reaching salvation. How incredibly beautiful is it that we have a Savior who RIDS us of our shame and washes us as white as snow?! What freedom we have. Friends, when was the last time you fully rejoiced in the GOOD NEWS we share?

Join me in praying for this country and that honor and grace and forgiveness can be found in only one, true source!

Aamiina! Amen!

“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

-1 Corinthians 6:11

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

-1 Peter 2:6