Mission Accomplished, Disaster Averted

by Angelle M. Jones

Celebrating six years in ministry, In The Spirit Ministries, Inc. sponsored its eighth foreign mission trip. Director, Evangelist Angelle M. Jones led a team of six from various denominational churches to Botswana, and South Africa, September 28, through October 12, 1999.

This was the second trip to Botswana for In The Spirit Ministries, Inc.. Invited last year to minister at a women?s crusade, Angelle was encouraged to introduce the women of the nation to the ministry of Women?s Aglow. As a result, the women of Botswana are preparing to start a Women?s Aglow chapter. After decades of physical, emotional and spiritual oppression the women are being set free by the truth of God?s word. It was said after last year?s meetings that our team was sent by God as midwives to help the women to birth their spiritual dreams and visions. Starting the ministry this year was a women?s conference, co-sponsored with Women?s Aglow Int?l. Angelle and Sister Towera Masiku of Malawi, Africa were the keynote speakers.

After the conference, the team spent the next week ministering throughout the city and villages of Botswana. What an awesome experience to watch the power of God flow through the team as we ministered two by two. Pastor Oupa Rampa and his wife Martha, overseers of the Christian Hospital Fellowship of Botswana and a prison outreach ministry, graciously hosted us. One in every three persons between the ages of 18-25 years is believed to be infected with the HIV virus in Botswana and South Africa. As a result of these statistics, the cry for prayer is truly great! Most realize that without a miracle, these nations will self-destruct within just a few years.

The trip ended in Durban, South Africa, a predominately Indian nation. We ministered at Revival Ministries, Inc. pastored by Pastors Joseph and Revinnine Allen. What a blessing to see many men and women come to Christ in a nation where the Muslim faith is the primary religion.

The highlight of the entire trip was to watch the faithfulness of God throughout. After many frustrating schedule changes, God revealed the reason on our last day in South Africa. We were notified early that morning that the plane that we were to board in Botswana crashed while landing in the Botswana airport! Instead of us being in Botswana, we had driven to our destination, Johannesburg, South Africa the night before!

The mission of In The Spirit Ministries, Inc. is to preach the gospel to all the world, to equip the body of Christ through the teaching of the word of God, and to train the local church in foreign and domestic missions. We thank the Lord that by His Spirit, once again, mission accomplished! C

Note: Angelle Jones is a staff writer for Connection Magazine.