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When I visited Dudu in Swaziland, I saw she was dying. Lindsay Stahl (a World Racer) later discovered what it means to die with her.   The ministry of reconciliation requires that we die with people in all sorts of ways. We die to our rights. We put our hopes in jeopardy. When we engage in…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
When I visited Dudu in Swaziland, I saw she was dying. Lindsay Stahl (a World Racer) later discovered what it means to die with her.
 
The ministry of reconciliation requires that we die with people in all sorts of ways. We die to our rights. We put our hopes in jeopardy. When we engage in the ministry of reconciliation, we vicariously experience the death that another human being in their broken state is going through. The dying that they do may be physical as in Dudu’s case, or it may be a dying to self, or a dying to dreams.
 
It’s hard and it begs for the nonjudgmental presence of others. Jesus modeled that dying for us in the way he lived. When we begin to die with others, bearing with their poverty and giving them what they lack, Jesus brands us as his own, he says, “Look at the way she loves, this one is mine.”
 
This past month, as Dudu entered her final days, our team took this video:

Comments (8)

  • “Look at the way she loves, this one one is mine.”…..

    ….and now I will show you the most excellent way.
    I Cor. 12:31
    I Cor. 13….the way of LOVE.

  • So how much Bible school and/or seminary does one need to do this kind of ministry? What I saw here is one of the highest callings by or Lord. Ladies, you moved my heart this morning.

    I can’t help but think of That Dark Friday 2000 years ago…

    And the Hope that Sunday brings.

  • This was a hard video to watch; it brought me to tears. I lost a brother 16 years ago to AIDS (in the States). I have witnessed first hand the pain and suffering not only for the one with AIDS but also the family members that are left behind.

    Thank you for being there for them during that time. Your kindness and compassion you showed them was beautiful.

    May God continue to use you in this fashion on showing the love of Christ through your prayers, your words spoken, and the touch of your hands.

    Again … thank you.

    Your brother in Christ.

  • How can one merrily go along and live the “good life” with an occasional “trip to the church” and watch something like this and be satisfied. How I wish I were a “youngin” and could use my remaining years being the hands and feet of Jesus to a world who too often is forgotten. My heart is deeply touched.

  • Tears, tears and more tears. Dudu exudes God’s grace and courage to the team of young women and the team gave her dignity and Christ’s everlasting love. The video ministered to us. Just like God to take something bad and making it to his good for all to see. Thank you as I reflect on the days before Easter. This touched a very tender spot.

  • I wish God would heal Dudu. I wish God would display His power and presence by giving her victory over these diseases. Lord knows she’s had many people pray for her and lay hands on her and ask for her healing. What I’m learning is that first and foremost, the kingdom of God is about love. Sometimes it’s about victory and healings, but not all the time. All the time it’s about love, and I think Dudu is surrounded by love. That’s the kingdom. May she peacefully pass from the pain of this life into the loving presence of her Father in the next.

  • That was so hard to watch. It makes me so angry what the enemy is doing with AIDS and the lies he feeds. Thankfully, greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. Praise God He is changing things and thank you to these girls for being with her and loving her like Jesus.

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