A few months ago, Weippe’s Heather Sutton had a dream that told her she needed to go back to school to prepare for missionary work. She wrote it down in her diary, but for a while she forgot about it.
One day, while reading my diary, I came across something I had written. It caught fire. She enrolled in some of her ChristianLeadersInstitute.org courses, but didn’t even know what her schooling was for.
Her father asked her many times. going to africa? ‘ She replied, ‘I don’t have a father. At that time, she had no idea or plan of what would happen next!
During one of the courses she was encouraged to get a mentor. Following that lead, she asked the pastor’s wife, Renee Tucker, if she knew anyone good, and Renee recommended her Christy Foley.
During the conversation, Christie mentioned Heather and her sister-in-law, who started a missionary work called Heart Without Borders in Burundi, Africa.
“Hearts without Borders is starting a medical clinic, a sewing school and a computer school,” says Christy. “The team will travel to Burundi in August.”
As the conversation continued, Heather felt the urge to go and participate in this trip. Christy gave Heather her sister-in-law Jeri Matson’s phone number so she could go to Burundi to meet Jeri, her husband Harlin, and the team and help them with their mission. The plan to do whatever it takes has begun!
As if to confirm her decision, things went well, she met all the requirements for the mission and was able to purchase a ticket for the flight.
Burundi is a troubled country. First of all, if people can get a job, they say he works 10 hours a day, 6 days a week for $1 a day!average annual income is about 300 Yen!
Besides, things don’t get much cheaper than here! Inflation is over 20%. Gas is $9 a gallon and there is nothing to buy unless you buy it on the black market.
Burundians walk miles, sometimes days, to get to gatherings. At night, if there is a Foursquare church nearby, they can stay there, but they usually squat down and put their coats on their heads to rest overnight.
They are very poor materially, but rich spiritually. Instead of focusing on what they don’t have, they focus on who Jesus is and what they do have. Love, joy, peace, kindness, self-control.
They love to dance and sing! Their staple food is rice.
When asked what Heather was supposed to do there, she offered hands, feet, and a willingness to do whatever was required during the mission. They said.
During her time in Burundi, Heather attended three conferences for youth, couples and pastors. After each meeting there was a crusade. Global Evangelistic Network evangelist Daniel Schott shared this message with Bishop Serge, national leader of his Foursquare Church in Burundi. People came forward to give their lives, some were healed of various things, some were delivered.
New Song Ministries in Orofino, where Heather attends church, was able to provide a luncheon for a pastoral conference that invited over 350 people, including a pastor and his wife. , various fruits and bread, tea and water were provided.
Heather has been a part of it all wherever she finds herself praying for the leaders and the people they serve and can lend a hand.
Her eyes lit up when asked if she would be guided to participate in more missionary work. You will never be the same when you go to do God’s work and see His mighty and loving hand touch life.
To connect with activities in Burundi, visit HeartsWithoutBorders.net. Just know in advance, you will be as rich as the people you work with over there.
Heather says: It is a blessing and a sight to behold at the same time! “