Twelve people came to Jesus at our services today -- both kids and adult church combined. God is so good. This is what it's all about and it never gets old. One man who has just come in and had his life turned upside down is Jeff. He came last Sunday for the first time and shared that six months ago when our prayer teams were out in the community knocking on doors just to introduce ourselves and pray for people, one of our teams prayed for him at his home. He was shocked that people were actually going to homes and offering to pray for people, and that they did it "right then, right there". God has been working on him for six months to actually come to church. He couldn't get the experience of the people praying for him out of his mind. Last Sunday he showed up and told my husband, "Pastor, this is my day of change..." and he came to the altar and invited Jesus into his life. My husband preached on miracles last week and challenged people to dare to believe God for a miracle. Jeff has been out of work for a long time. At the altar last week after asking Jesus into his life he also said, "I'm going to believe God for a job." He came to church Wednesday night and afterwards came up to me and said, "Pastor Deanna, on Sunday I dared to believe for a miracle and I have already been called for a job and hired!!!" It was a joy for me today to lead worship and look out over the congregation and have my eyes fall on Jeff as he stood in the congregation, hands outstretched in worship, weeping for joy. God is so good!!! God's spirit works on people even when we don't realize it and He has worked on Jeff in his home for six months now...get 'em God, get em!!!
WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN SEEING LIVES TRANSFORMED LIKE THIS?
In other news...I am contemplating taking the day off tomorrow since I leave to minister in the Caymans this Friday (no this is NOT a vacation...) everyone keeps saying, "ooooooohhhhh how nice, some down time..." No, this is NOT downtime in fact although I would be foolish to not take a swimsuit "just in case" the ministry schedule doesn't look real conducive to any downtime but we shall see. Larry and I need some time together too. I have been so tired since I've been home and catching up on sleep -- we honestly haven't spend real time together aside from the fact that he was next to me when I woke up from my nap and we watched Dateline NBC together.
Here's to re-fueling and getting ready for the next week of life and ministry...