Ten months of prep and planning. A new team. A different team. More understanding of what to
expect...and yet more fear of not being capable of leading with the same intuition as in the past.
Doubt. Fatigue. A torn heart from having to be gone from my family for 10 days with them being
sick. Conflicted heart and a clouded mind...and yet a trusting Spirit filled with anticipation
because of the experience of the past. Why...because their worship is just so full of fire...they
dance and sing with their Spirit and their prayers are full of faith without borders...you can just
feel it. It’s palpable and powerful and it stirs my soul in a way that I just wish I could articulate in
a way that you reading it can feel it as well. They shout glory and praise in a way that catapults
me forward to go deeper in relationship with our Creator...to share a space...to draw near to His
heart. It’s absolutely liberating.
We were welcomed back with warm embraces not that of acquaintances, but of family...ONE
church family. We sang as ONE, we danced as ONE, we praised God as ONE...just like He
always intended it to be. We heard stories of God providing in ways that were undeniably Him.
Pastor Silverio’s church is growing. He’s calling his people to trust and work a bit harder for God.
There is a sense of fire in his eyes to not stop fighting for the lost...you can just feel it. You can
see a bond between him and Perla, the school teacher of the learning center we have partnered
with. They are combining efforts to reach more children, and in turn, their parents. She has
running water now, ceiling fans, drinkable water from a portable station, and a school busting at
the seams, so much so that she has to have a morning and an afternoon session to
accommodate 160 children! Oh Grace Church...we are a part of this story. What God is doing
here, what He is doing through us and in us...it is reaching the hearts of these people...the
children and their families. My heart is full and it’s only the end of Day 2. Just think what this will
look like 5...10 years down the road. The lives that will be changed because we listened...we
moved...we trusted even when we might not want to or because it might just seem too hard. I
learn so much about who God is and who He calls me to be when I am here. Trust. Patience.
Steadfastness. Peace. Goodness. Kindness. Fire. Strength. Fervor. Our God is a mighty God
who calls us to trust Him and this was put on display for us today...to see a glimpse of what He is
capable of when we trust and obey! Keep praying for us, keep praying for these beautiful
people, for the children and their families, God is doing something here....I can feel it! Praise be
to God...Praise the One who is orchestrating all of this...
“Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens! Praise him for his
mighty deeds; praise him according to his excellent greatness! Praise him with trumpet sound;
praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and
pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything
that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Psalms 150:1-6 ESV
- Scott Michel