The Craziest Night of My Life So Far – Kailah’s Story
It was the night before one of the most monumental nights of my life up to this point, and I was feeling the pressure.
We had just arrived in the Dominican Republic, and I was scheduled to be the main speaker for a small inner city evangelistic festival in the town of La Vega the following night. And tonight, like so many times the week before, my dad was helping me prepare for the upcoming event.
We sat down together in a side room of our rental property, and I took a deep breath as I got ready to share the message that I had been working on only a few minutes before.
I then took about twenty minutes and went through each point that I had scribbled down on my large notebook. When I had finished, I looked up at my dad and breathed out, hoping to relieve the unsettled feeling that I was still feeling in the pit of my stomach. The message was so close to being done, but I knew that something was missing.
“I’m struggling, dad. I really believe that God has given me this opportunity, and that He’s going to give me exactly what to say, but I just don’t see it all yet.”
And then I started to cry.
My dad held me and listened as I explained my struggle through my tears – I really didn’t want to miss out on anything that God wanted to do at the festival where I would be speaking the following night.
“And it’s been a really tough week too.” I sat up straight. “I’ve been struggling with a lot of anxiety and fear, but when I think about Jesus…”
I stopped and wiped my eyes with the sleeve of my shirt.
“I remember the mercy that He’s given me even though I know I don’t deserve it. Whenever I just trust Him, I’m filled with this incredible peace that could only be from God. I know that Jesus has saved me and set me free and I really want these people to know this same Jesus who rescued me.”
My dad looked at me and smiled.
“I think that’s what we’re missing, Kailah.”
I had felt it too. It was like something clicked into place when I had spoken the words – the message that I had prepared was full of powerful stories from the Bible, symbols of the forgiveness of God and the gospel itself, but what my dad and I had both remembered in this moment of intense vulnerability was the power of our own personal story.
This is powerfully explained in Revelation 12:11:
“And they have defeated him [the enemy] by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”
As followers of Jesus, God can use our “testimony” of what He has done in our lives to bring real freedom to others.
The following night I felt a surprising amount of peace as I walked up the stairs onto the stage that had been folded out of a truck. I placed my notebook and Bible on a wobbly music stand. I was ready to tell my story.
A few hundred people from the local community who had been filtering through the gates into the rundown cement amphitheater were now watching me expectantly. It was finally time.
I felt a surge of boldness rushing through me as began to share what God had given me to say. The crowd was attentive and listened carefully as the young translator beside me repeated my words in Spanish.
When I had finished, I invited anyone who wanted to say “yes” to Jesus for the first time and anyone who wanted to recommit their lives to Him to raise their hand. I watched as hands were raised throughout the amphitheater. Those who had just made this life changing decision were quickly surrounded by volunteers from the local churches who were ready and excited to pray with them.
I came off the stage and hugged my family who had been supporting me from the crowd while I was speaking, and we thanked God for what He had done. Then we finished out the night worshipping together with a grateful crowd of brand new Christians and seasoned believers alike.
And this is why we do what we do.
Our mandate is to share the love and message of Jesus in every nation on earth, and we’re serious about reaching as many people as possible. Since the beginning of 2019, we’ve shared the love of Jesus with tens of thousands of people in the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, KENYA, the PHILIPPINES, THAILAND, and BRUNEI and watched thousands say “Yes” to His offer of freedom and forgiveness.
Over the next few months, we’re scheduled to release our LATEST CD (Woohoo!!), and travel to BELIZE, PERU, and across the USA to share Jesus. We also hope to complete our latest K-Pop collaboration with our dear friends HISPOP from Southeast Asia.
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Kailah and White Ribbon Day