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Covered in Dust

11 March 2010 12 Comments

I am sitting under the stars in Uganda.

The house we are living in has no power, so they are the clearest I have ever seen them.

It’s nighttime and most of my team is already asleep.

Trying to unwind, I decide to wash my feet.

As I take the wash bucket, I begin to clean off layer after layer of street dirt.

Dirt as red as Georgia clay.

It is a peaceful night and I am at rest after a very hard day of ministry.

No sleep.  Fear.  Power.  Healings.  Demons.  Muslims.  Opposition.  Freedom.  Salvations.

This month has been the hardest yet, but also the most rewarding.

As I look at the dust I begin to wonder.  Maybe the dust is not simply dust at all.  Maybe it is so much more…

As I study my feet I begin to think of all of the steps I have taken on the journe

y so far.

Step one – Ireland.  Back to Dublin.

Leaving home. Surfing.  No turning back.  Kids ministry.  Healing on the street. Danielle’s leg growing.  My team.

Step two – Romania.  Living with the Gypsies.  Painting Pape’s House.  Alex.  The Mud Village.  Caroling for ChristCatching a vision.  Apple Picking.  Swimming in the lake.  The Funeral.

Step three – Croatia.  Back to Hungary. Painting the church.  Prophecy over the youth.  Tasha.  ATL with Danielle and Lauren.  Train rides.  Preaching for the first time.  Communion on top of a mountain.

Step four – Turkey.  The 10/40 widow.  God calling me to the Muslim world.  Least evangelized country.  Dancing.  Ephesus.  Roof top worship.  Tea and Jesus movie.  The carpet shop.  Aydin.  Greece.  Olive grove mountain.  No one worships Artemis anymore.  Photography.

Step five – Israel.  Back for the third time.  Tirza and her beautiful children.  Desert.  Shabbat.  Hanukkah.  Leading tours.  Jerusalem.  Christmas away from home.  Petra.  The pyramids.  God growing a vision for ministry in the Middle East.  Abandonment.

Step six – Kenya.  Africa for the first time.  New Years.  Orphanage.  The street boys.  Bishop Emmanuel.  The poverty.  The children. Leading Muslims to Jesus.  The Hospital visits.  Melissa.  Worshipping on top of the mountain.  Door to door evangelism.  The VBS.  Bibles. Preaching for the first time.

The Simple Life.

Step seven – Uganda.  Intense spiritual warfare. The dark house.

Witchdoctor.  Sleepless nights.  Crusades.  Miraculous healings.  Leading.  The Bush.  Hours of hut evangelism.  Teaching in schools.  Preaching.  DeliveranceOver 500 salvations.

And now…Four more steps.

Four more steps for God to be preached to the nations.

Four more steps until this trip is complete.

Four more steps until the next leg of my journey.

Four more steps for my feet to be covered in dust.

Four more steps for my feet to be like one man, whose feet were so covered in dust, that a woman knelt down and washed them with her tears and her hair.

The dust will be long washed off my feet, and the memories will grow dim at times, yet the impact will remain.

For I am forever covered in the dust of my Rabbi.


  • chris said:

    weeping. uncontrollably.

    Praises to our wonderful rabbi for his confirming call. Praises to our Abba for the dust of his love, righteousness and grace.

    I pray such incredible blessings over you. Blessings that can’t be described in mere words.

    I love you.


  • Esther said:

    Hey Sweetie,
    You have for sure an intense time in uganda.
    It’s beautifull to read what you have done till now.
    Your stories are wonderfull, keep up the good work!
    Blessings and a big hug!

  • Jess :) said:

    Jennifer, I cannot even tell you how beautiful you are through your writing. This was one of the most impactful blogs Ive read so far!!! Thank you so much for allowing us to read these and letting God shine through you. I cannot believe your so close to home, I cannot wait to see you and hear all of your stories first hand! LOVE YOU SIS!!!

  • Josh baker said:

    Jen! I am praying for you, and I am so proud of what you’re doing! May God continue to strengthen you in your journey!

    Josh Baker

  • Austin, Karen, and Brad said:

    Hey Jennifer! we’re so happy for you and what God is doing through you. You are impacting so many lives in so many places for Jesus and we are so proud. By the way, I have to say you are an awesome writer. Love to hear all about your trip when your back. Your in our prayers!! LOVE YOU~!!

  • Sierra Baxter said:

    Wow. ditto Chris. This is just incredible. I pray for you constantly. How amazing it would be if all our feet would be covered in dust similar to Christs. Just, wow. That paints such a beautiful and challenging picture.

  • Seath Grisham said:

    Hey 10…Ive been reading this for 30 min over and over again I cant stop crying,I am so proud of you and so happy that my friend and little sister is doing such amazing things for God. I love you and miss you tons I am praying for you and your team everyday. Keep up the amazing work. I cant wait to hear more about Africa and be there

    love you 10

  • Christy said:

    This has made me cry twice now. That last line.

    The Rabbi’s dust is making you even more beautiful.

    What a journey you have been on…moving toward Him. And leaving a small piece of your heart in each place you have journeyed too.

    Oh sweet Jenn He is doing and will continue to do such amazing things in you and through YOU.

    Love you.

  • Your Lil' Bro said:

    Wow Jennifer. Yet again I am amazed at how much God is using you and the gifts He has blessed you with. He has taught you to write so beautifully and touch the hearts of everyone around you. 4 more steps until I get to see your shining face beaming with His light! Love ya sis, keep dancing in His power and love!

  • Kim Hadsell said:

    Wow Jen, I am so humbled at the thought of your experiences and the growth that has taken place in you. Thank you so much for doing what so many of us aren’t able to or just won’t. I am praying that God continues to speak and show himself strong in your journey.

  • Chris Hadsell said:

    Wow I am amazed and ashamed. Amazed that a young sweet girl would follow the call the savior has put on her to brave the hardships of another country just to spread the gospil in LOVE. Ashamed that I dont do more. Praying for your journey and ministry. Go get em in the NAME OF JESUS.

  • Jen Ben said:

    I just read this for the first time – you are beautiful. I’m so glad you attack each day the way God intended for us to live life.

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