Blog May 18th Roberta Cousins

Roberta and Ken at Holy Rood Church

Great and Marvellous featuring the Mustard Seed Girls Choir from the album Love is the Way – recorded and produced by John Hodgkinson

What a surprise I had over the weekend when my dear friend Roberta Cousins rang me from Nigeria. Roberta is a missionary there and telephoned to say that how much she had recently been blessed by the Mustard Seed song “Great and Marvellous” which is featured today,
I could not do Roberta’s amazing story justice here but will draw from my blog of March 2015 to tell you that Roberta overcome agoraphobia and a lack of support from the elders of her church to obey what she knew to be God’s call and to go to Uganda on her own – not knowing anyone and with no planned place to stay. Now, after many years and despite continuous bouts of malaria Roberta is still in Uganda preaching, evangelising and blessing the local people of Kampala and the surrounding villages- a true “Woman of God.”
On 11th of November 2000 Roberta gave me a book in which to write thoughts and verses – the book had a card inside from Uganda with a picture on the front of Martha and Mary with Jesus – Mary at His feet with Martha looking on irritated as she prepares Sudza Inside Roberta wrote “A Word from the Lord” for me – it is something that I often turn to for encouragement when things don’t seem to be going well – most especially in all that is connected with Mustard Seed Songs. Here is an extract – it’s the part that begins “You must remain in me “ that I need to constantly remind myself.
Though you I will heal the broken hearted. I will bring hope to the desolate, I will strengthen the weak. I will comfort the lonely, giving my love to others as I give my love to you. You must remain in me for I am the vine that feeds you, without me you can bear no fruit. You did not choose me but I choose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my Name- this is my command love each other.
I use this book that Roberta gave me to jot down quotes that I wish to remember.
Quote for the week:
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Psalm 30:5 New Living Translation