Hi everyone! I have another story from the past couple months. This story reminds me, and I hope it reminds you, of how God uses us in more ways than we know, so we should never be discouraged when we don’t see the fruits for ourselves. If we are faithful in what we are asked to do he will use us in greater ways than we can imagine.
For three and a half weeks in July, and into August, JPC hosted CTI Music Ministries, the ministry that I worked with for two year, and through which I found out about the ministry I am currently working with. Needless to say it is a ministry that is near and dear to my heart. I was completely overjoyed to host them and work with them. One of the places the team played was the English church I now attend. It is a very different venue for CTI because it is all in English so they are asked to sing their songs in English after learning all of their songs in Spanish. This year the team was able to play at this church two Sundays in a row.
Currently I sing on the worship team when I am able to, so I am more familiar with how we do things at church. In the process of planning with CTI what they were going to do at the church, I mentioned to the pastor that they could do the children’s message if no one else was doing it. The normal teacher of the children’s message was out of town both of those weeks so it was perfect they were able to do that. The song that CTI did with the children was an old Spanish song (all of the children at my church speak Spanish) that most people in Latin American countries would recognize if they grew up going to church. It is a song based off of Matthew 17:20, about having faith as small as a mustard seed saying to the mountains, “move”, and they will move!
It is a very fun song that has movements and actions, perfect for children, but I was hesitant of the team doing it because most of my church is made up of missionaries or people from the states, and most of whom wouldn’t know the song. But it was for the children and I trusted the team leader to trust where the Holy Spirit was leading her. So they played the song and danced with the children. After the service the team leader was asked to play the song again the next week by one of the members of the church, simply because it was one of his favorite songs. Hah! Everyone had a grand time with this song…though I think it caught a few of the congregation member off guard:)
Later in the week I was talking to one of the ladies of my church and she shared with me an amazing testimony. She was the daughter of missionaries in Puerto Rico and now is a missionary herself. She explained to me that this song was one of her all time favorites; so when she heard the team starting to play it she quick pulled out her phone and recorded it. A couple days later she went to a hospital to visit a friend of hers. In the hospital she heard God say, “Play some worship music.”
She argued with God a little and said, “Um, God, I don’t have worship music on my phone. I don’t have internet, I don’t have access to worship music.”
But she felt God say, “Just look at your phone.”
She then remembered the song she recorded of CTI and started to play it for her friend. A hunched over lady in her chair across the room, who my friend thought was dead when she walked by her earlier, started tapping the heart monitor on her finger. My friend walks over to her and played the song for her and the lady ended up sitting up and telling my friend, “God bless you, God bless all of you.”
Others in the hospital heard the commotion and wanted to know what was going on and hear the song for themselves. It ended up being a revival in the hospital.
As I my friend from church was telling me this testimony she said it was like this woman was raised from the dead, because she swore she was dead, hunched over in her chair. Later my friends comes to find out that this woman was having a hard time breathing when she laid down or sat up, so for three days she was hunched over like this in her chair and hadn’t eaten or drank anything. The daughter of this woman was sure that this was the last day of her mother’s life, but because of God using a mission team from the states singing a song in Spanish for an English church congregation , and a missionary being bold enough to trust God to provide a worship song without internet, this lady was granted more days on this earth with her daughter.
This is a story that reminds me how incredible and intricate, yet simple at the same time, God’s plan for us is. He has a specific plan for each of us each and every day; if we surrender to him and are sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit He will use us in grand ways. In all honesty, we may never know how God is blessing other people through us. Never be discouraged if you don’t see the fruits of your faithful work.
The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it ALWAYS produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.