So. Bragging on God.
I have been blessed with an incredible church family at Hickory Ridge. #1 - They bear with my piano-playing catastrophes. #2 - They have the coolest kids and youth in the world. #3 - They love Jesus...a lot.
Tonight after our worship service, this family of believers gathered around me and prayed for this summer. They prayed for my boldness, for Spanish acquisition, for unity with my teammates, for my parents' peace of mind, for the Peruvians I'll meet as well as every other person who just happens to be in the airports I pass through... and overall for God to be glorified in everything that happens.
And then they fed me cake and ice cream. What more could I want?
This morning, Bro. Terry preached about Divine Appointments using one of my favorite stories in the Bible - Philip and his international friend, the Ethiopian eunuch. He challenged us to OPEN OUR EYES, to yield to the Holy Spirit's guidance, and to be ready in season and out of season to be the hands and feet of the Creator of the Universe. Tonight, he encouraged us to fast and pray, to let our personal sin break our hearts, and to share the truth of the Gospel with everyone around us... and to refuse to see missions as something that is planned for two months out of a summer that begins and ends in an airport to an undisclosed location.
WOOOOOOWWWWW. I needed to hear absolutely ALL of that. How can it be that I have worked at Camp Garaywa for five summers and still am tempted to see missions as something planned and regimented? Praise God for being so much bigger than my Type A personality!!!
Prayer request? that God will change our hearts - that He will make us outwardly-focused followers of Jesus - that He will teach us the true meaning of missions - that He will call us to GO to our next-door neighbors, to the people in line with us at Wal-Mart, to our superiors and our co-workers - and that we will be BOLD and READY to share the GOOD NEWS. There are so many who have yet to hear...
"for 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How, then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"