My Own Version of Manoah’s Story

Manoah was the father of Samson the strongman. When the angel came with the announcement of Samson’s birth, Manoah was not there, the angel spoke to his wife. When his wife told him about the announcement, he said a prayer (Judges 13:8), “Pardon your servant, Lord. I beg you to let the man of God you sent to us come again to teach us how to bring up the boy who is to be born.” i.e. Samson. Regardless of his wife having met with the angel already and getting the message, Manoah wanted to have his own experience, not just a reported version.

When I was in college, this girl who was due for graduation once gave a testimony which moved me. She had a pending course she was supposed to take before she graduated. However, for a course to be taken, a class was supposed to have at least five people or more. There were only three students who wanted the course that semester, including her. They went to the registration office and they were told to find two more students to take the class, otherwise that semester they could not have the course. They prayed earnestly and went around looking for two more classmates but they only got one. They went back to the registration office with that development but then they were told five students were already registered in the system for the course. She had her course in a class of four but there were five registered people in the registration office. She said she was reminded of the story of Nebuchadnezzar and Daniels friends’ story when he inquired how many people had been thrown into the furnace and the answer was four. He retorted that he could see four people but the fourth looked like the Son of Man.The girl believed they learnt with Jesus the whole semester just for her to graduate. That testimony touched me and I was filled with awe that day.

I had always held on to that girl’s testimony, believing that He really is GOD of the impossibilities .This year, two years after my graduation, I made Manoah’s prayer to GOD; I also wanted to see Him minister in my life like He did joining a course class for someone to graduate college. I now wanted him to show Himself in my life. And He did.


My being engaged to serve in His vineyard as a Global Mission Fellow is indeed His hand in ministry. I now intend to serve diligently and faithfully as someone who asked for this earnestly. I intend, through His guidance, to serve with all my strength, energies, and efforts to witness His providence and Kingdom. I believe when He says yes, no one will ever say no. As a Christian who has been saved by the grace of God, I have a duty to play in God’s fieldI am Takudzwa Russell Rusike, serving at Lord’s Mountain Orphanage in the Zambezi District of Zambia. I serve as a teacher. The strong emphasis at Lord’s Mountain is put on education to equip the residents for productive lives of dignity in today’s world.


Russell Rusikerussell-rusike

Lord’s Mountain Orphanage

Zambia, Africa

GMF International, Class of 2016-2018


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