Surrender

Chris Tvisonno from The Village Christian Church in MInooka, IL travelled to Swaziland, Africa to help orphans

Posted: December 4, 2017 by

I knew Africa would change me. My wife, Melissa, has been going to Project Canaan, in Africa, for the past three years and every year she asked me to go. I didn’t want to. The excuse I gave was “I am an organizer, not a doer.” But the real reason was that I was afraid. I was afraid I would be changed. I was talking with a friend, Sarah Windham, and I told her that I was afraid to go because I knew Africa would change me. Change my heart. Change my view of the world. Sarah told me to pray and then surrender to God’s will. So I prayed and I prayed. I listened to what God was saying to me and I made the decision to go.

Africa changed me. I didn’t know what to expect, but it changed me. Project Canaan captured my heart, my mind and my soul. Ever since the day I have been back, I can’t stop thinking about the children and the staff. Someone asked me “What’s it like there?” and I honestly cannot describe it. The country of Swaziland is probably the most beautiful place I have ever visited. The people are so welcoming and friendly. But that does not describe Project Canaan. No words can describe it. Project Canaan is a feeling, an emotion. When you arrive there you immediately feel the presence of God, and you feel this immense love. You KNOW God is there. You can feel it.

On our last day as we prepared to leave, Janine Maxwell asked me what I thought about my visit. I told her I couldn’t describe what I was feeling, I couldn’t put it into words, and I just had this amazing feeling of love. She said “You are feeling the Holy Spirit”.

Surrender. God is calling all of us to serve.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  James 1:27

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