Hallgerd Simonsen - Generations Leader, Faroe Islands Aglow National Board Member
Myanmar is amazing! I remember seeing news from Myanmar about Aung San Suu Kii when I was younger. It left me with a desire to visit Myanmar and make a difference. I was happy to hear that there was a possibility to go to Myanmar and serve the church and reach people still in Buddhism. I was very excited to join the Transformation trip to Myanmar in February 2013.
We were in the country doing evangelism in homes, where we shared the love of God, the gospel and prayed for whatever needs people had. We even got to share the love of God in the home of a local authority. We saw many miracles. Deaf could hear and the blind could see. Legs grew out to be equal and three dumb people said their first word. One of them said "Thank you Jesus!" In one meeting, no one responded when we asked if anyone wanted prayer. After a while an old man spoke up and said that he didn’t see clearly in his right eye. We prayed and after the prayer, the man could see clearly! He saw all the children sitting on the floor. After this, there came another old man with the same problem in his right eye. We prayed for him, and the same thing happened.
One evening at the hotel, I was going down to the lobby which was more like just a room with a couch. I was trying to get internet connection so I could communicate home. When I sat there, there came this huge insect walking from under the couch to another chair. I called the receptionist but at that time it was under the chair, so she had to move it. As she moved it, she shouted, "Aaahhhhh it's a poisonous scorpion!" She took the newspaper on the table and beat the scorpion to death. I experienced God’s protection and the promise in Luke 10:19, that scorpions and serpents will not harm us.
(Luke 10:19 “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”)
On Sunday each team member visited a different church. I was so privileged to be able to go to a church that had an orphanage. In the service, I shared about the lost sheep and the good shepherd. It really touched my heart to see these children on fire for God. Their desire was to serve God all the way! It reminded me of the orphan Hadassah in the Bible, who became Queen Esther. That it doesn't matter where you've come from, because God has a purpose for you. His ways are amazing, and for Him it's possible to rise up leaders of tomorrow and position them for a time like this. It is good to be a 2nd, 3rd or 4th generation Christian, but God is so good, that it's also possible to be a 1st generation victorious Christian. (1 Peter 1:18-19 “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.”)