Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Monday, I was invited by some friends to go to my first spanish concert. We went to see Jesús Adrián Romero. He is a well-known singer in Latin America- similar to Steven Curtis Chapman in the USA. I had a very good time enjoying listening to the songs (I even knew a few of them) and listening as he shared parts of his testimony during the concert. It was a wonderful evening of fun and fellowship with some of my friends.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Putting the finishing touches on a playground construction in Cleveland.
Monday, August 18, 2008
My eyes teared up as I watched a man in his 90s, sitting in a wheelchair, pray with one of our missionaries to accept Christ. What an awesome sight it was! It doesn't matter how old you are when you accept the truth of Jesus and choose to start a relationship with Him-- the only thing that matters is that you do!
The woman sitting down is 104 years young!
After leaving the nursing home, our next area of ministry was a prison. We traveled about an hour away to a prison for young men, ages 12-21. For security reasons, only men were permitted to lead parts of our chapel service (with the exception of the few girls in the drama that was performed). Due to security reasons, no cameras were permitted. Sorry.
Our worship team lead worship. This was followed by a few testimonies, the drama, and a message from the pastor. While the men participated in the activities, the women sat in back, participating in prayer.
Overall, the young men were well behaved. However, I knew we were looking at people who did not think, act, or feel the same way as our team members did. When the drama was performed, there is a part when the main girl is dancing with God, only to have "the new boyfriend" interrupt and shove God out of the way. With the many times this drama has been performed, this was the first time I have ever seen a group applaud that God got pushed away by the new boyfriend. Two of the young men even stood up to clap at that part. I prayed that they would stay focused til the end and that they would understand the truth that we were trying to teach them- that it is the evil in the world that tries to push God away, but God desires to be with us and has given everything so that we can be with Him. I prayed that the blinders would come off so they could see and understand the truth.
At the end of the message from the pastor, he invited them to accept Christ as their Savior. When asked, every one of the young men raised their hands, including some who looked around first to see who had their hands raised. While I do not believe every one of those young men accepted Christ that day, I do believe that seeds were planted and that there may have been some who truly accepted Christ. I know that God knows their hearts. He knows who truly prayed that prayer to give their life over to Him that evening in the prison gymnasium. I look forward to meeting those men in Heaven someday and hearing how God touched their lives through a group of ordinary people from Venezuela doing an extraordinary work in Ohio.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Our mission team was also in charge of the entire chapel service that evening. Our worship team performed, teaching the children songs in Spanish and singing in English as well. We had some testimonies given by our missionaries, some of whom were giving their testimony either for the first time or for the first time in English. The dance team performed and Pr. Anaximandro gave a message to the children.
It was a great time of fun, fellowship, and worship of our Lord!
The team consisted of 23 Venezuelans and myself, who traveled from Maracaibo, Venezuela to Cleveland, Ohio. We knew that God was going to do some amazing things during this trip because the enemy was putting in some overtime work in trying to discourage us. All of the flights for the team's arrival were either delayed or cancelled. Nobody arrived in Cleveland when they were scheduled to arrive and half of the team had to spend the night in JFK airport. However, attitudes were positive, knowing that they were going to Ohio with a purpose- to expand the Kingdom of God.
Our first ministry activity was what we would consider pre-evangelism. We went to Akron, Ohio to help an organization called "He brought us out" prepare for their outreach the following day. There was lots of preparation that needed to be done before they could do their evangelism and the outreach in their community and we were glad to be able to assist.
We spent some time in prayer for their activity. Praying is the best way to assist, as we are asking for the covering of God Himself on this activity.
After doing some of the preparations that were needed, we went to the site where the activity was taking place and did a prayer march around the field. What a powerful experience to be able to march around the field, claiming the land and the activity for Christ!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Thanks for your prayers!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Well...... It has finally arrived. The team from Venezuela will be arriving tomorrow. All the training has been done. All preparations are ready. Many of the team members are already in Caracas awaiting their flight to the USA tomorrow.
This is a historic event. It is not that common for mission teams to come to the United States from other countries with the goal of evangelizing. However, 23 Venezuelans are about to come to Northeast Ohio with that very purpose in mind.
I know that God has great things in store for this team and we are going to see His mighty hand at work this week. All the glory belongs to Him.
God, bless this team. Protect them as they travel from Venezuela to Ohio. Keep them safe while they serve You this week. Allow them to honor You in all they do, wherever they go.