There was excitement in the atmosphere as we board our first flight from OR Tambo airport South Africa. For me This was my first time on the plane. So many things were crossing my mind but that did not kill my excitement. Together with the ladies we had spent time in prayer preparing for the tour and believing God would show up. We were praying for God to do the extra ordinary. My prayer was that God may use each one of us and that we should allow Him to do that what He wanted do with us during our stay in Northern Ireland.
Midnight on the plane, something happened that changed my whole aspect on the trip. As most people were sleeping I had a visitation from God. The Holy Spirit touched me in a way I had never experience before. I felt a very cold wave over me and sense of His presence suddenly fill the plane. The Holy Spirit was moving, and I found myself with tears flowing down my cheeks as the Holy Spirit was ministering to me. It felt like it was just me and Him; nobody else. Then God spoke so softly to me He said, “Thobes this trip is not about you, or anybody else but it’s about Me as God. Please would you allow me to do what I want to do through you, not for your sake but my sake. Move out of the way and let me be”.
That experience, that night on the flight, was the beginning of what God wanted to do through Women Set Free in Northern Ireland. It made me realize I am just a vessel that God wants to use, and it impacted the entire WSF tour.
What a beautiful nation Northern Ireland is, with beautiful scenery, and beautiful people. As we landed that’s all we saw. Finally, we had arrived and were excited to meet Gary Armstrong, who we knew was waiting for us at the airport.
The love experienced on that trip gave me a clearer picture of God being love. One day Gary took us to watch a movie called
“I can only imagine” by the band “Mercy me”. It’s the story of a young man who suffered physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father. When his father became terminally ill he found redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son.
I remember that after that movie there wasn’t a single dry eye in the room. I think it spoke to each of us on the team personally. We felt God motivate us, even more, to do right and forgive where there had been hurt and unforgiveness. I’ll definitely be sharing the movie with my boys and the ladies at the Women Center.
“The trip was fantastic. I saw God touching lives through my testimony. I also got to hear testimonies from other ladies from Northern Ireland. I felt like God was teaching me that when we call upon His name we are saved. Above all I experienced a lot of emotional healing as I shared my story. As we ministered God’s word through song I was also touched and transformed.
I can say I am a changed person and I give praise to God for blessing me to be part of the WSF tour. My experience took me to a place where I understood the healing that is found in Jesus Christ. God opened my eyes to see that He is a gentle God. I remember how at Helping Hands we were given flowers. That touched my heart because I had never before in my life receive a bunch of flowers. I felt God was telling me how valuable I am to Hi.
I had a wonderful experience on the WSF tour. Bonding with my sisters from Eswatini and seeing how we have grown into young ladies was a joy. We learnt a lot with one another, but even more so from mingling with the wise older ladies from Northern Ireland, who were great mentors for us.
God touched my life in a big way during the tour. I remember the night after our first meeting where I shared my story, where I had been weeping as I spoke of the difficult life I had lived before Challenge Ministries took me in. That evening the Lord showed up in my room at Gary & Roberta’s home and showed me my true identity; that I am His daughter. He told me I am His and that my past does not define me. It’s amazing how during my time of being vulnerable to people I don’t even know God used those times to make me realize my own identity.
I enjoyed all the activities we did and all the driving with Gary. I was always in the front seat and supervising “Papa” s driving. I had a very lovely time and was so blessed by all the love and care we received as a team. It was amazing, and memories were created that will never fade. Dancing with Papa God reminded me He longs to dance with me every day.
Being part of the Women Set Free was an amazing experience for me. The trip exceeded every expectation we had when coming. Not only were the lives of the people in Northern Ireland impacted but our lives in the team were impacted too. I learnt how God’s love can change people’s lives, and what healing can do in a person’s life.
Each time I sang and shared my testimony in different churches and schools I would feel the
presence of God – and that was an encounter I will never forget! What stood out most to me about our tour was that although we went to Northern Ireland with the intention of serving others, which we did, but at the end of the day WE were the ones being served and blessed. Everyone was always there to take care of us and love us. I am so grateful for the experience, and to everyone who was part of our tour.
I also enjoyed all the fun times we had, not just singing, but spending time together whether it was watching a movie or go carting. It was all wonderful!
Lucy- Ann Msibi
Beautiful times of God‘s healing. Enjoying His presence with all Gods people. Lovely times and beautiful memories made. Abounding love of God being experienced and felt Favorite Scripture throughout the trip Psalms 34: 8 “O taste and see that the Lord is good “