Come Into My House and Abide There!

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying if ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” Acts 16:14,15.

In June this year, one lady who was a fairly new member of the church asked if we could have a Bible Study in her house. She was very blessed by the words she had been hearing from the pulpit and wanted to learn more. As a wife and mother of two, with her husband traveling most of the time, her schedule was quite busy but she made a decision to take one day off work so that she could have this time to hear God’s Word. And so, in a little one-roomed house partitioned in two by a long curtain, we started meeting every Thursday morning.  She told me she had been raised in a family practicing witchcraft and was disowned when she made a decision to become born again. She was therefore very bent on learning the Word of God as she had seen the hopelessness and bondage in Satan’s Kingdom. She brought her son to our school for the same reason.

As we started, she invited some of her friends to the Bible Study and we began soulwinning in the area around and inviting people to come hear words of life. Some of the other ladies in the church have started coming too and they are excited about how God can use them to affect another woman’s life, many times going through similar trials to their own. We are also learning to care for one another and to lay down our lives for this is how people know the love of God. I love the hustle and bustle of getting all the children ready, carrying them on our backs and for some, dropping them off at the Grace Dormitory where the ladies take care of them until we return! Most of us are mothers and housewives. It is such an honour to have both physical and spiritual children. We look forward to the time together gathered round a Proclaimer (a device that plays the New Testament in our local language) hungry to hear the words that guide our feet in our homes and to areas BEYOND!!! Thank you for your prayers, support and encouragement.

Ida S. Bakuraira