Fresh Start Botswana:
Eighty-five college students broke out of the jail of unforgiveness with great enthusiasm, and proclaimed they are FORGIVEN, FORGIVING AND FREE in spite of being in the jail of being MASKED AND SOCIAL DISTANCING!!!! Their interaction with each other, despite having been restricted due to COVID, has been to continuously sing and worship the LORD with their voices while PROCLAIMING their love for JESUS. The last day the students FORGAVE those who had WOUNDED them by bringing the name of the person they had FORGIVEN and placing it on GOD’S BIG HOOK. They later shared ONE word that described the condition of their heart BEFORE the FRESH START meetings and the ONE word condition of their heart AFTER the meetings. They proclaimed words like dead to alive, depressed to happy, unwanted to accepted, rejected to loved, hopeless to hopeful, betrayed to liberated, forgotten to found, empty to fulfilled, heartbroken to healed and on and on, until everyone had an opportunity to share.
KEY MOMENTS – COMMENTS FROM OPEN BAPTIST CHURCH AND FACE THE NATION LEADERS
“After a two-year absence of a Fresh Start team coming, we are ecstatic!!!” “This is like a fresh cool wind coming to revive our community.” “We are incredibly grateful for your traveling this great distance, with overwhelming covid restrictions to bring our community the wonderful news of Forgiven, Forgiving, Free.” “Come Wednesday night and share with our leadership teams how Fresh Start can be integrated into the DNA of our body” At the conclusion of the meeting, “We will meet as a leadership team to discuss how we can implement Fresh Start throughout our body.”
KEY MOMENTS – SUNDAY AM CHURCH SERVICES AND SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY EVENING CHURCH AND COMMUNITY ONLINE MEETINGS
Over two evenings, the church and online community heard three of our team members share dramatic stories of their parents and relative wounds, as well as how they were set from the JAIL OF UNFORGIVENESS. There have been several requests from those meetings for more information regarding FRESH START. On Sunday morning, those in attendance and the ONLINE community, heard a powerful message on UNITY within the body, including references to FRESH START and biblical forgiveness.
KEY MOMENTS – FOR THE TEAM TRAVELING TO AND FROM BOTSWANA
The 5 team members set a world record for the number of COVID tests and forms to fill out while being in 6 different cities. It was a grueling trip with unprecedented obstacles and last-minute changes in entry requirements. Every country had different requirements and different timelines for completing the COVID tests. It made for an interesting and joyful challenge. The team was incredibly united and committed to honor God with positive can-do attitudes from to start and finish in a manner to bring glory to God. They sacrificed so much under very trying conditions and demands on their time. It was a blessing to see GOD use willing servants who were prepared well, travelled well, invested well, served well and finished well.
KEY MOMENTS – BY FAITHFUL PRAYER WARRIORS FROM HOME AND IN BOTSWANA
The soil of the hearts of the key leaders, students and the community, were well prepared due to the prayers of many mighty prayer warriors. Our arms were lifted high and the prayer points were fulfilled! We were protected from the Covid virus and we had Divine appointments. We had unapparelled favor with leaders! We had protection, safe travels, team synergy and we witnessed transformed hearts on the ground. We felt your prayers, love, and encouraging texts, and WhatsApp messages. You paved the way for this entire journey and broke down strongholds, so we could enter and return victorious!
THANK YOU and God bless you!
The Fresh Start Team