No amount of prodding, pulling or whacking could make it get up. We thought it must have something seriously wrong with it. We had never seen a donkey like that before. They usually trot along willingly.
At last, one of the men accompanying us, John Bei, got out of the Land Cruiser and prayed, "Lord, if this hold-up is from you please tell us what the significance is. ( He was thinking of Balaam and the donkey) But if it is not, please help the donkey to get up."
Immediately, the donkey sprang up, the water was loaded back on and it trotted away briskly. Wonders will never cease 😊.
So we got to the last village, Birise. It was the Bishop's first time there as well as ours. It is a year-old church with about 280 members. Yes, you have read that correctly! ...Helen had a great time teaching healing prayer with John Bei translating. So our goal of empowering the villagers to heal the sick has been achieved but there was a bonus: Revd John Bei grew in confidence as we travelled and now has confidence to teach and run seminars on this subject himself.
What a big step. We are so pleased to be working ourselves out of a job. The verse that Ian and I are meditating on these past few days is "The fields are ready to harvest. Pray to the Lord of the harvest to send workers into the harvest fields." Jesus said this in the context of sending disciples out to heal the sick. So we are privileged to have been sent out and used to train and equip workers to bring in the harvest. Praise God!