Friday, July 21, 2006
Patience in Guarambare
The plan is that a musician from our church, Mario, and I will continue to go out there weekly, spend some time singing songs, visit those who are interested, and share from portions of God's Word.
My faith has no merit in itself to make God work a miracle. However, based upon His desire that every believer be in a body, that He has told us to witness, that He died for Mario's family, neighborhood, and that He has called us to participate in the Great Commission, I am asking the All Powerful God to intervene in the lives of the people in that area so that they can know the truth and be set free from the enslaving powers of darkness, hopelessness, and self-destruction.
I am asking the Lord to help Mario not to be in a hurry, but to just allow us to come, visit, share, meet needs, and love the people there. When we push our agenda, it's manipulation. When we push religion, it's often deception. When we love them and teach them to love each other the way that Jesus loves them -when we taste the salt in their tears, connect with their hurts - we become God's instrument of change in the neighborhood. When we show them the clear, calm assurance that only comes from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and help our brothers and sisters to do the same, we have the privilege of joining God in His work.