Photographing through southern Africa
Written by Katie OM writer Katie tells us about her journey in southern Africa, where she joined the Africa Trek, and shares images she took of the incredible ministry and people she encountered. To find out how you could be a part of this ministry, visit our website.
This past autumn, I took a break from my full-time OM duties and joined OM Africa's Africa Trek, a three-month discipleship programme that travels throughout the southern part of Africa. It was an amazing time of ministry and discipleship, but it was also a great opportunity to take my camera and capture some shots of rural Africa.
As a first-time visitor to Africa, I was enraptured by the natural beauty of the countries we visited, as well as both the friendliness and openness of the people. I've travelled all over the world, but I'd never been anywhere that reminded me of South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, and Botswana.
God moved in amazing ways during our trek, blessing us with the opportunities to see Him heal bodies, touch hearts, and call souls to Himself. It was an honour to be a part of the miraculous work He continues to do in this part of the world.
Along with the impact we saw in the lives of local people we encountered, we also saw God move in the lives of the trek participants (called "trekkies"). Five of our trekkies even chose to get baptised while in South Africa!
The Africa Trek follows the commission Jesus gave to His disciples in Matthew 10:
"As you go, proclaim this message: 'The kingdom of heaven has come near.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give." (10:7-8 NIV)
Ministry ranged from helping build a primary school in a village to teaching the Gospel in religious education classes in a secondary school to visiting homes and praying for people. But wherever we went, we saw God show up in powerful ways.
And there were elephants!
Now that the trek is over, I can't seem to stop talking about it and my time in southern Africa. It was a life-changing experience, and I can't recommend it enough.
Whether you want to connect with people in Africa, Asia, Europe, or somewhere else, join God where He's working. Take that step and move out of your comfort zone. Experience the Father in a new way and watch Him work through you.
You won't regret it.
Katie S. is from the U.S. and manages OM International's social media accounts. She used to live in the U.K., where she fell in love with sticky toffee pudding and custard cream biscuits. But she's happy to currently be in the States, where she can get BBQ and Southern sweet tea.