Monday, January 18, 2010


God Sightings: My God is Mighty to Save!

God-sighting 3,4,5,6: ...continued from last week's post. January 2nd an ACWR work team from Gridley, Illinois arrived in Kingston. They had 18 men and 10 women. 6 were parents/chaperones, the rest were 18-20 somethings. A little over half were Christians, with quite a few making a return trip after having a great experience on a previous trip. We had skilled laborers, willing helpers, and experienced team leaders. It was, on paper, going to be a great week. My good friend Josh Stoller was also on the team, and I was blessed to have him room with me for the week, providing fellowship and encouraging conversation and prayer.

Was it a good week? Yes, it was. We got a lot accomplished on the campus, we had a lot of fun, and bonded as a team but as the team left, it was a bit sad and feeling as if "we just needed more time with them." However, that empty feeling was filled up and things got better the week after they left. Sound confusing?  It would be, but let me explain. While here, those that came on this trip without Jesus heard repeatedly the Gospel message. Their hearts were softened, they were touched by the love of our students, and they knew that surrendering to Jesus was what they wanted. But as always, Satan is waging war for souls. Many of us were praying for the unsaved, praying that hearts would be changed, because the emotional and spiritual impact of a mission trip wears off quickly upon returning to the States.

(Eph 3:14-21)
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Praise God! On Monday, two days after returning, two souls (Mike Roth and Amanda Vercler) gave their hearts to Jesus, confessed their sin, and came to our Father in broken repentance. I was so thankful. The past week now seemed so much more full (sorry for the poor grammar)! Not one, but two souls! God you are SO good, you are working in the hearts of man to this day!
Then on Wednesday night, another soul, Wendy (Stoller) Schick surrendered. Hallelujah! It was hard to believe, three souls in three days!
Friday night, Nate Bauman surrendered. God, are you really doing this? Bringing four souls to Calvary! I am in awe, and ashamed that, a week ago, I lacked faith to believe that He would do such glorious works. "To Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think"...amen, amen.

As was posted on my facebook wall by my BCFPP (Ted Hirstein):

Savior - He can move the mountain... My God is mighty to save, He is mighty to save... Forever, Author of Salvation... He rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave!

Please pray for these new Christians, that they would be (Eph 6:10-11) strong in the Lord, and continue to pray for those that have not heeded the call to come, just as they are.


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