Everything went wrong!
The Irish host church for my team from Legacy Ministries — a local equipping and counseling ministry led by Bill and Tammy Melton — pulled out. Then a back-up church backed out. Our team of ten arrived as OM scrambled to pull something together.
Everything went right!
Three churches pitched in. Hearts quickly knit. Times of prayer took off. During one of times of prayer that we had with the churches before each outreach, the joy of the Lord came down upon Karen, one of our team members. She fell down and broke her sun glasses. While out on the streets witnessing that afternoon, she stopped in a shop looking to replace her expensive glasses. Karen shared the pictures on her wristband with Louise serving her, and the young lady prayed to trust in Christ. “Somethings just happened in my heart,” she exclaimed. Suddenly both ladies were filled with joy. She was one of 20 that decided for Christ on this everything went wrong and right mission.
Thanks for your prayers during this summer’s outreaches in Ireland and also in Spain and England where people also responded to the good news — 15 in one open air meeting outside Barcelona.
With the World Cup on — I preached a missional message yesterday in a church in Barcelona, Spain. “Imagine this soccer ball as the gospel and the soccer field as the world,” I told them. “Jesus’ Game Plan in Acts 1:8 is for us to take the gospel from one end of the field — local, where you are and take it to the other end of the field — global.” The whole church rose to say that they wanted to get in the game.
I have written a short version of what I remember:
We walked slowly to the back of the brick village house extending our hello’s in Portughese, the language of Mozombique. Slowly a young girl emerged from the door and politely greeted us with a shy smile. Our team of three introduced ourselves and learned that her name was Christina. For a moment I didn’t know what to say or how to begin to speak with her. Suddenly, I noticed the One Wish writsband that I was wearing. Though I had never tried to use it before, I extended my hand to her and asked, ” Do you know what this picture is?”The local pastor who was with me translated her reply, “It’s a diamond.”
I said to her, “Do you know that you are a diamond?”
When she shook her head in bewilderment the door was wide open for me to share the love of God with her. After the story on my wristband was finished, I asked her if she wanted to become God’s child, and she nodded to me with tears in her eyes. I will never forget that prayer, for it was the most simple and precious one I have ever heard. I quickly slipped the band onto her wrist saying, “Never forget that you are God’s child and what He has done for you.”
In an instant I had gained a new sister, in this faraway country of Mozombique.
Thanks for the tools you have taught us, and I hope to meet you again one day. Have a merry Christmas! 😀