LEGACY is all about PEOPLE (part 2)
Going to nations by revelation is our approach to missions; Kenya was expected, as you know by reading last week's blog, but traveling to the Republic of Burundi was not. We went to both of these countries in 2011 for the first time.
Frank B. Msambya, a Daystar University Alumni as mentioned in last week's blog, was visiting some of the Burundian alumni in 2010. While on the return flight to Kenya, Frank heard these words: "Bill and Lynda are to go to Burundi while in Africa". After some prayer, the answer was "YES"; after all, at times, God will speak through your trusted friends.
Upon arriving at the Bujumbura Int'l Airport we were met with Senator Liberat and her husband; both were devout believers. The next morning the choir director for the First Lady was knocking at the door. And that afternoon, the protestant chaplain for the Army and Police Force was sitting in our living room. All-in-all, we met several senators and members of parliament; but we were unprepared for the two biggest surprises.
On Friday before our departure, we were sitting in the State House of Burundi. Dr. Albert Nasasagare Deputy Chief of Staff walked into the waiting room, stating, "I have 10 minutes only. How may I help you?" Two hours later were still chatting about the goodness of God! To close out time together, Dr. Albert apologized on behalf of the president or not being able to meet with us. We understood and left our gift for the president on the table. As we turned to leave, with raised excitement Dr. Albert said, "Wait, if you don't mind getting your hands dirty, the president will be serving at a community development project tomorrow at 8 am. Meet us there and I'll make sure you have 4 hours with the president." And it happened! We had no idea the wide door God was opening for us. We hosted the president and his entourage in Dallas in the fall of 2011, too.
Legacy returned to Burundi in 2016 to conduct 2 Peace and Reconciliation Conferences. We will go to Burundi again this July. Relationships with governmental officials has only continued to grow over the years. In addition, God has used us as a prophetic voice.
As we partner with our home church, The Kings House of McAlaster, OK, a preschool will be built for the Batwa village of Mwendo in the fall of 2019. It will also be the first fully operational school among the Pgymies. We praise God for what He is doing in Burundi! Below is a photo of Brother Bill working outdoors with the Honorable His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza. Asante sana (thank you) for following our story! Next week's blog will explore the second on our list: "LEGACY is all about..." God bless you!