Greetings from Tanzania. In Tanzanian culture, it is common for them to ask you to greet your family or your friends. Even if they have never met them, they still say to greet everyone for them. So, to satisfy my Tanzanian friends, I am sending their greetings to you all!
We are at an exciting time here at Courage House Tanzania. As we begin the intake process and interview the first potential girls, I am reminded of the depths of evil and the greatness of our God. A couple of the girls we met have already left their life of abuse, but the memories and scars remain. I am moved, though, as I realize that all the evil that’s been done to them can’t penetrate and take root in the places that God’s love goes. So, even in the first few meetings, as their shy smiles give glimpses into their spirits, I feel sure that the Lord has great plans for them. I feel sure that their stories are only beginning, and the power of his love will bring profound restoration!
I love when stories in the Bible take on greater meaning in our lives. Lately, I’ve been studying the life of David. There’s a story in 2 Samuel 5. He is finally walking in his call, 22 years after Samuel anointed him, and the Philistines get word that he is king of Israel. Following God’s direction, David defeated the Philistines and named the place of the battle “Baal-perazim” which means “The Lord who bursts through.” I believe this is a time when we will begin to name places Baal-perazim as we fight against child prostitution and see God burst through with love, compassion, and fury. As we watch God burst through into the hearts of his precious daughters and restore their lives, we will proclaim “Baal-perazim”!