Last June, I was able to go on a missions trip to Northern Ireland.I am so grateful for the many things that God showed me, reminded me and taught me during the trip.
Toward the end of our time there, the church we had been working with during Street Reach, held a community barbecue and we were able to help out!
As they were announcing roles for the event- I, along with several other people, chose to be on the prayer team.
They had us split up into two groups and told us that we would rotate between two stations- inside of the church & outside of the church.
Inside- We made constant requests for His will to be done. It was a beautiful thing to be able to continuously lift up and hand over the entire event to God. It was quiet there. Those moments were so special and humbling.
After some time passed at our stations, we would switch. I loved being able to pray for every volunteer/ attendee and I also loved being able to rotate outside to interact with people.
Outside- As we walked out, we were instantly greeted by the bright day and blaring music. There were games, cooking, talking and laughter.
Despite all that was going on, everything slowed..down… Normally I’d be somewhat distracted but that time praying to the Creator, allowed me to see just how immensely valuable each moment is to Him. I become more aware of the eternal work that God was doing. I was able to look around at the people and be so deeply grateful that He allowed me to be there.
We had so many special moments with kiddos that we talked to and prayed with- moments that I will always hold close to my heart!! The conversations were wonderful. There were jokes, giggles and heartfelt prayers as well.
The most special moment happened when someone on our prayer team had a conversation with two elementary aged girls.They had never been to that church and they decided that they wanted accept Jesus as their Savior!!!
They were given Bibles & we were able to pray with them inside the church- in the room where our rotations previously allowed us to pray for the very thing that God was now allowing us to witness. ❤
The girls were BEYOND excited! It was the greatest blessing to see God work in their hearts, in that very moment!!
The next day we attended the church service and the girls walked in with their bibles- BEAMING with the same amount of joy that they had the day before. (The joy that they had reminded me of the true, deep joy that comes from experiencing Jesus’ grace, forgiveness and love- joy that I never want to take for granted!)
God answered our team’s prayers– in such a deep and meaningful way. I saw His IMMENSE love for those girls as they prayed to accept Jesus into their hearts! ❤️