Wednesday, March 22, 2006

We did ministry at a market which was just opening up for the day. Shop owners were arriving, and trying to get things set up. The aisles were very narrow in the inner sections. A road surrounded the exterior, and then had additional shops outside of it. There was no space inside for us to set up and do the drama. We selected space on the roads edge.

This meant gravel for footing and/or falling. We usually cleaned up sites in preparation for doing the drama by removing glass, rocks, etc. to protect the students. This day, the gravel was the platform.

The students did an amazing job. They adapted very well. They did not change choreography, they just retooled their jumps, and falls to prevent injury.

A crowd lined the street. Shop owners and customers came out to watch. Students focused in while they portrayed the gospel, to see who the Holy Spirit might be directing them to. After completing the drama this time, they began to seek encounters that would allow them to lead people to Christ.

I had noticed that some staff of a Catholic artifact shop had come out to watch. They retreated to handle business after the conclusion. When one of the teams came walking back after ministering, the Lord moved in my heart to direct them to this shop.

Inside, they found four people. One of our younger students, Kelsey began to share. She presented the gospel to all four people. When she was finished, and asked if any of them would like to receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, two of them responded that they would. Kelsey led her first two people to Christ in those moments!

I did not witness this, but I had a front row seat to the celebration that ensued. Upon leaving the shop, Kelsey headed my direction. She began leaping high into the air, and squealing with delight that she had led her first people to Christ. She gave me a heart-warming hug in all of her excitement. How beautiful are the feet (and hugs) of those who bring good news!!!

Kelsey got it! She made herself available to her Lord, and stepped out in faith, into a situation she feared. She found that through her obedience and willingness, God would draw to Himself, those He knew were ready. The Holy Spirit ministered to those ladies who gave their hearts to Him, to Kelsey, her other two team members, and to me!!!

Praise God that He reveals Himself to us! Give Him glory for consistency in our lives, even though we tend to fail Him!

Bless you Kelsey for your obedience! You have blessed me!

dad (brent)


At 10:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise God
Your shared experiences are Awesome to hear and so unbelievably moving.
Awesome! No wonder your group is
"Awestar" Awesome is about the only word I can share as I am speechless and in awe over what you are all able to accomplish.
Praise God
May your travels continue with salvation and revolutionize whoever
you all cross paths with.
Praise God
Your Friend and
Sister in Christ
Indpls., IN

At 2:25 PM, Blogger savedbyGRACE said...

i am so blessed to hear of young people stepping out... taking a huge leap of faith in trusting that the LORD will speak through these students... & following obediently as HE calls. i will continue to pray for you all.

At 5:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord. I find myself checking this wesite several times a day. You and your family are an inspiration and everything I hope that with God's presence in my life I could be. Thank you for your words of encouragement.

At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 6:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How beautifully sweet it is . . . And how spirit filling!!

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Steph said...


At 8:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brent,

Got to love it, huh! The heat, the dust, the gravel...makes me homesick. Givem Heaven, Awestar!

Frank in Quito

At 11:14 PM, Blogger Praying in Pink said...

Thank you for giving us such vivid pictures of His work through your team. You make, as Frank says, the "heat, the dust, the gravel" as well as the hearts very REAL for those of us who stand in the gap.
Kelsey--we are proud of you, too!

Continuing to pray in pink,


At 12:16 AM, Blogger Lattany said...

Kelsey, you've warmed my heart this evening.

Dad, thanks for continuing to share about your trip -- I was working all day, today, and anxious to get back home so I could read what God's been doing these days!

A team made up of many of my close friends leave tomorrow for Honduras. I had the opportunity to go, but felt God calling me to stay here -- none the less, it's somewhat difficult to say goodbye to them and await their return. Yet Kelsey's testimony has reminded me the reason for which they are going -- praise be to God that they have such an amazing opportunity. I'm privileged to stay here and "hold up their arms" (Exodus 17) until they return.

Fairfax, VA, USA

At 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

Praise the Lord!


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