Oh wow. What the past couple of months/weeks have been. I have been planning to write this blog post for sometime now, but words have seemed to fail me. I think God does that on purpose until He gets HIS words across on my heart.
I’ve wanted to write and tell you all of the magnificent things God has done through our missions trips that have come from our church (Our Saviors Church). Which I will, but I feel the need to touch on something that has recently happened to our great state of Louisiana.
On August 12, 2016, rain began to fall like it typically does, but this time… it didn’t stop. South Louisiana was flooded. Thousands upon thousands of people have lost their homes. Everything that once was “normal” is now a distant memory.
Throughout this summer, I asked God to show me something so specific that He wanted to teach me as I took our missions teams to Haiti, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Each country is so different, but the heartbeat is the same. A desperation for Jesus to come and transform their country. Not much different from South Louisiana.
What I saw on the mission field and what God taught me was that He can do anything.
It’s a simple truth that I needed reminding of. God can do anything.
This is Nikki. In this picture, she is sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this woman and her family. We built a house for her and her family after they had been living under a TARP for two years. This was Nikki’s first time sharing the love of Jesus with someone. The woman accepted Jesus into her heart and is now walking with the Lord! Generations are now changed forever. God can do anything.
In the above photo, Precious is praying over a mother who tried running from Jesus so many times. She felt shame and guilt for her life choices. Precious was able to share with her her story of how God has done a work in her life, and how her life is worthy and that she is fearfully and wonderfully made. God can do anything.
In the second photo, this is Emily. She is praying over a woman who has been persecuted for following Jesus. Her house has been broken into. Food and money has been stolen. Her roof has slashes in it because people couldn’t stand her following God. Her house has more water inside of it than outside of her house. She has never given up hope. She is her churches most faithful giver – even though her life job is collecting trash to earn little to nothing. Emily is praying strength, joy, HOPE, and freedom over her life. In this moment, we were all undone by the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in her life. God can do anything.
In these two photos, I am with my two cousins, Brookelynn and Taylor. It was their first time to Haiti. They were seeking God for some serious direction and guidance in their lives for the next chapter of their lives they are about to walk into. NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING is more special than going on a missions trip with your family. On the first and second day, God CLEARLY spoke to them love, grace, and direction over their lives. They were able to go back home knowing how much God is for them, hasn’t forgotten about them, sees them, is with them, and is guiding them. God can do anything.
This photo was taken the night of Revival in Myan, Haiti. Right after this picture was taken, a woman who was bound in darkness and in complete turmoil, came to the church service. She went up for prayer but had no idea that God was wanting to take all the pain, hurt, darkness, and turmoil from her life. He wanted to take it so He could heal her. She was overcome with the Presence of God. God took hold of her life so graciously and tenderly. She was never too far off, she was never too bad, she was never to “dark”, she was never to bound for God to pull her close. She was set free that night. She realized she is a daughter of the Most High God. She became His that night. God can do anything.
You can barely see him, but Sam is in this picture. He was teaching the boys in Haiti how to play American football. It was his and his daughter Haley’s first time in Haiti, first time out of the country, first time on a missions trip. Talk about world changed. Ha! Sam is one of the most selfless and genuine people I have ever met. God really grabbed hold of his heart for his community back home while on this missions trip. Sam left with a calling and passion for the people where he grew up. He came back with a fire to pour into the young boys that don’t know their identity or their destiny. Sam is changing generations for Jesus. God can do anything.
This is Carol (woman in front of everyone). Her and her husband Mike have such a calling on their lives, its undeniable. They are some of the most kind-hearted, servant minded people you’ll ever meet. They are true missionaries to their people and have a heart for other nations as well. They recently had a GORGEOUS baby girl, and money was tight. At the end of our trip, we wanted to give them a “love-offering”, a small token as a thank you, that honestly, could never cover how much they mean to us. Little did we know, weeks before we went our trip, Mike and Carol prayed to God and asked Him to sustain them with finances to take care of their family. They have it to God and let it be. When we presented them with our token of gratitude, we had no idea it was the EXACT amount they needed to pay off some debits. God took care of them exactly how He saw fit. God can do anything.
Lastly, the recent happenings in my state. The top picture is a picture with Erika (red shirt). After the floods happened, we had to cancel church that Sunday. Too many people were in need and couldn’t even get out of their homes. The water had yet to recede in certain places. So, as a church we went out to BE the church. In Erika’s neighborhood, the water had gone down, but there was still water in her house. As we walked through the streets asking people for help, Donna (bomb woman), asked her if she needed any help. LITTLE DID WE KNOW, her friend, Alyssa (mint green shirt), has been asking her to come to church for sometime. They were going to come that Sunday but found out that church was cancelled due to weather. Erika was about to close the door to her house and leave it forever because she couldn’t afford to gut the place, then the church showed up to her doorstep. Donna was able to connect with Erika and the church was able to show her Jesus through our actions FIRST and words SECOND. Erika saw Jesus through the ARMY that rose up when the water started to rise. God can do anything. And that is just ONE story of the MANY.
Even writing all of this, my heart is racing, I am so pumped up with what God is doing. Wether you are in Guatemala or in South Louisiana affected by the floods. Know this, GOD CAN DO AND WILL DO ANYTHING FOR HIS PEOPLE.
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!
I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant,
and their faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him have no lack!
The young lions suffer want and hunger;
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
Come, O children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life
and loves many days, that he may see good?
Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn away from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous
and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears
and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
not one of them is broken.
Affliction will slay the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.