Yesterday was one of those days. Nothing and I mean noting went according to plan. Little did any of us realize, that was God's plan all along. We moved equipment and ministry sites twice, the men on the team were exhausted and still served with heart and no complaints. We had spent extended time in prayer asking God to please allow everything to work "according to plan" we just didn't know we were praying for His plan. LOL. We prayed over the building that we now had just emptied again. Moments later about 50 people all must have been over the age of 60 at the very least entered the building. They brought bread and started putting it on the tables that we still had to take down. I didn't know what the heck was going on. Our translator, Natalie was about to fill me in.
These people were the town elders so to speak. They wanted to bless us with this gift of food. Wow, we brought food and clothing and services to bless them, and they wanted to give us out of what little they had. So we gathered together and I gave them honor and thanks. Then I told them we wanted to dance before the Lord with them. I reached my hand out to a gentleman in a cowboy hat, he must have been 80 some years old or more. He got up and danced with me. The team took my lead and everyone reached out and had all these people up and dancing.
When I reached down for my next dance partner, she said no, she could not dance as she could barely walk because of her knees. Instantly Helen and Natalie and I prayed for her. As we were praying for healing and laying hands on her knees, I told her to stand, then after some more time, I told her to move her legs, then after more prayer, I told her to step and then walk and then I told her to receive the miracle fully and dance before our Lord. She was all smiles, she had no pain and she was dancing. God is so good. If things had gone according to our plan, this miracle would never have happened.
We finally we able to set up the ministry site back where it originally started but now there were so many people there. God knew what he was doing. Also they gave us back the auditorium to set up the service stations as well, after kicking us out, they gave it back, it just had to be in God's time, not ours.
The children's ministry didn't get their own space at this location but that just meant we were all blessed as we got to see how they worked with the children to bring them into the fullness of Jesus.
Here's the kicker, when Alex gave the Altar call, 95% of that huge audience, came forward to give their hearts to the Lord. It was not meant to be our largest site, but it had more people and more people come to Christ and more people come forward for prayer than the 2 previous sites by far.
Church for the 6th night in a row was still crazy good full of God's crazy love. As a matter of fact, Alex preached his Love Does message. I have to say, I think it was better this time. He hit a home run. This time though, most of his audience was already saved, so turned the message to harboring and holding on to lack of forgiveness. The invite to the altar was to give up that stronghold. God is forever faithful and many came forward and mane released the weight from their shoulders and freed up that space in their heart. Let's face it, if you are holding on to something and not forgiving them you are withholding a part of your heart from Jesus.
So after the kids stayed up until all hours on our last night out in the pueblos, we will see who is sleepy or grumpy or any other dwarf on the bus today as we head back to Mexico City. Tonight, I give my last message and it is a message that is perfect for the ears that are coming to hear. When God had me write it, I had no idea that it would be directed at a mostly Christian audience, but as I go over it, it is blatantly apparent that this is who it was for.
God's plan and God's timing are all I will ever need. I thank Him for His Son and for the Holy Spirit and for continually showing me how awesome He is and how loved I am.