Today I had another busy day. In the morning I went to the last service at the conference. It was a great morning of being encouraged and challenged to go deeper in God. What a great conference it was and I’m so thankful for the opportunity that I had to go! It was wonderful to meet new people and to soak in all of the teachings throughout the weekend! Now I just pray that I will be use what I learned from the conference and apply it to my daily life.
In the afternoon I went to the Sabolciu gypsy village with Dan, Tabita, Steve, Larry and Salomea. I had a really great week of ministry time in Sabolciu this week because I got to go there four times so I am very thankful for that because sometimes I cannot go as frequently. I really want to be in the village at least five times during the week. I would appreciate your prayers that God would open up those doors for me to go more frequently. Thanks so much!
At first I was just going to hang out with the children in their homes while Dan and Steve have the church service with the adults but when Laura (she is one of the teenagers who lives in the village) invited me to go to the church service with her I changed my mind. I decided it would be a good idea to go with her because I wanted to be an encouragement to her.
It was actually my first time to be at the church service for the entire time at the village so it was great to see how the service is but it was really cold in the church! We sang some worship songs and Steve shared a short sermon from John 21. One of the ladies and a couple of the teen girls even sang some praise songs which was a nice surprise.
At the end of the service before we said a closing prayer, I wanted to see if we could pray for everyone who came to church because Pastor Innocent from the international church that I go to encouraged me to do that. I was very surprised by the response I got from Dan and Steve when they told me they already did that at the beginning of the service. I thought that was strange because I came to the church at the beginning and we never prayed for anyone. I felt very disappointed and a bit discouraged of my idea being rejected to pray for the people in the village.
We did have a short prayer time for anyone who wanted to pray. Only one woman prayed from the village. I was touched when I heard her pray because it was very deep. I have such a desire on my heart to pray for the people in the village and I think too that they would be encouraged if we spend some time praying for their individual needs. I know that I feel very encouraged when people pray for me so I’m sure they would too. I hope I will have another opportunity to pray for them soon.
This is my heart’s cry that God would open up the flood gates of heaven over my life. Is this your heart’s desire too?
Let it Rain – by Michael W. Smith