Belize-Bound and Embarrassment in Gettysburg

Posted by on Jul 5, 2018

Belize-Bound and Embarrassment in Gettysburg

There are times when I’m speaking in front of people and sharing the love of Jesus when everything just seems to click.  The right words seem to flow, and when I look out at the crowd, I feel like I can just SEE the people connecting with the message.

This hadn’t been one of those times.

My words had felt disjointed and scattered, and I was wondering whether anyone listening had been able to make sense of them, much less find freedom and life within the message.

We had just left the stage of a great church in Gettysburg, PA.  We had shared some music, I had spoken briefly, and then we had closed out the night with a few more songs.  Several people had responded to the message and enthusiastically joined us in worship, but I was really struggling.

Honestly, I was embarrassed with how poorly I had communicated.

As I stepped down from the platform, an older gentleman lifted his hand and signaled me over.

I forced a smile and headed towards him, guessing that I was about to receive either carefully couched correction or empty-sounding encouragement, both of which I’m sure would have been well-meaning but neither of which I was looking forward to hearing.   My heart dropped but my fake smile stayed put.

Might as well get this over with…

We’re headed for Belize in a little over a week and we need YOUR help! Several local churches and an influential local radio station have invited our teem to San Pedro Belize, where our goal will be to blanket the entire community with the message of Jesus in a festival setting, while working with local pastors to help equip new believers to share their new faith and grow in Jesus. We’re still in need of last-minute funding for airfare and ground fees – we’re excited to watch God meet every need, but we also would love your prayer! Please consider taking a moment to pray for all the needs for this mission to be met. Thank you so much friends, we appreciate you more than you know! If you’d like to help financially, you can do so HERE. Again, thank you and God bless you, friends – we’re so grateful for you!

I approached the gentleman.

“How are you doing, sir?” I stuck out my hand for him to shake.

He took my hand, held it tightly, and simply stared at me.  Then he reached out his other hand, put it on my shoulder and pulled me in a little.

“You…” his eyes were glistening.

Whatever this was, it certainly wasn’t what I had been expecting.

“You saved me tonight.

“Umm…” I jumped in for obvious reasons, “Do you mean Jesus saved you tonight?  Because He’s the only one that can save us – praise God, right?  But do you mean that you said “yes” to Jesus tonight?”

“Yeah, of course, that’s what I mean,” his eyes began to fill, “ I just came HOME tonight, thank you so much for what you shared up there.”

“Oh man…welcome home, brother!” I reached out and pulled the gentleman in for a hug.  “That is SO awesome – welcome home!”

And in that moment, all of my embarrassment – all of my self-focus – was gone.  Once again God had used the “foolish things” [1 Cor 1:27] to impact lives for eternity.

We are passionate about pursuing excellence in everything we do, especially communicating the life-changing message of Jesus, but I am consistently reminded that the power of the Gospel message is greater than our own weaknesses and inconsistencies.

Paul says in Romans 1:16 that [we are] “not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile,” and in Isaiah 55:1 God says “the word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

This truth – the message of Jesus – is POWERFUL.  It’s powerful enough to change any life and it’s worth sharing.  We believe that its important to do our very best to communicate it clearly, accurately and passionately, but ultimately it is GOD who uses the message to bring freedom and peace into hearts and lives.

In John 6:44, Jesus says that “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.”  God is the one who changes lives and brings freedom to those who desperately need it.  Our responsibility is just to do our very best to share the message.

And we just get to watch God change lives – like the life of the gentlemen standing in front of me in a Gettysburg church.

And this is why we do what we do.

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All over the world, people desperately need to experience the freedom, forgiveness, and healing that only Jesus can offer and we’re committed to share this life-changing message of Jesus with as many people as possible worldwide.

Since April of 2017, we’ve had the privilege of watching God move powerfully all over the world.  We saw thousands respond to Jesus in twelve nations and territories on five continents – we’ve just finished up a packed few months of events in Israel, the West Bank, and across the American South and Midwest, and have just returned from Biarritz, France, where we were helping train the next generation of world-changers at a YWAM missions school.  Now we’re preparing for some exciting opportunities to share the love of Jesus in Belize, Pakistan, and across the American Midwest this year.

THANK YOU for helping us share the love of Jesus worldwide. Our vision is to follow God’s leading and help reach as many nations and people as we can with the message of Jesus, and your partnership helps us reach the world together.  If you’d like to help, click HERE to partner financially and follow us on FACEBOOK for daily prayer updates from the field.

Thank you so much, friends, and God bless you!  You can also listen to our latest CD, LOVE IS WIDE on ITUNES or  SPOTIFY. Also JUST IN CASE YOU MISSED IT – CLICK HERE for our full 2017 Ministry Report.  Check it out and enjoy!

Also, check out our just-released acoustic collaboration with HISPOP HERE - filmed live in Malta!

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