Monday, May 2, 2016

Surprise ER visit

Keystone Project Discipleship Training

The training began on the 5th of April and ended on the 29th. There were 27 people from10 different countries. They all came to attend the training having heard about it from a friend or colleague. They all came knowing that the training was on discipleship, but as is the case in each training, they had no idea how much God was going to personally challenge them.

I was blessed to serve four pastors/leaders from Nigeria. One of the men, Daniel, is an Archbishop and oversees over nineteen churches. He is a very humble man but you could tell that he is a person of importance in his country by the way he carried himself and by the way others interacted with him.

In the first couple of days Daniel heard God asking him if he was willing to give up everything and go serve Him somewhere else. To understand how heavy this request weighed on him, you need to know that Daniel started with nothing and then started a church and built it up and then started another and another. He is now, as I said earlier, over nineteen churches, he has a wife, three young children, has a nice home, has his own car.... He has a good life and was feeling like maybe he could settle down now and just enjoy life. Yet God asked him if he would be willing to give up everything and start over again, with his family, someplace new. Daniel wrestled with that and in the end said yes to God. He is willing to go someplace new if that is what God wanted.

You would think that would be enough...but God had yet another area in Daniel's life to work on. After three weeks Daniel broke out with a rash all over his body, was not eating or drinking and was running a temp. We took him to the emergency room on Sunday evening. They immediately brought him back to a room and isolated him. We had to put on masks, gowns, hairnets and shoe covers. We looked like doctors preparing for surgery, but honestly we were pretty worried.

It became apparent that he was not going to be getting out of the hospital that night. After several hours, at least four different doctors, more blood draws than we ever saw, he was admitted to the hospital and put into a private room. We were told that the CDC was contacted and that until they knew what he had he would have to remain isolated in the hospital.

Daniel handled everything pretty well. He submitted to every test, answered every question and allowed them to admit him. That first night was a long one for him. When I arrived at his room Monday morning I had to put on my full medical gear again before I could see him. He was very happy to see me. He confessed to me that he was worried and that this was the first time he has ever been in a hospital. He had no idea what he had and he was scared.

As Daniel laid in bed waiting I was talking to the doctors, CDC and the State department. Everyone was trying to figure out what was happening. It was hard to sit there everyday assuring Daniel when I was not sure of anything myself. We prayed a lot and were asking God for a miraculous healing.

Daniel and I had many heart-to-heart talks and we saw God's hand at work in his life even in the hospital. I will not go into the lessons God taught him there but I can say God really worked on Daniel's heart and humbled him even more.

On the third day we received the confirmation that he had chicken pox and just having that diagnosis was huge. We knew what it was now and that it was not a life threatening disease. We were able to bring Daniel back to the hotel and keep him isolated in his room.

It is so hard to put into words all that happened. God was at work and it was incredible to watch and be a part of. Daniel healed faster than anyone thought he would and by Friday night his chickenpox were all gone and he was completely healed. I told him that he would be able to go home on time so he left on Saturday. It was definitely a miracle that he healed so quickly!

Before Daniel left though he came to talk to me and he told me that no one has ever cared for him like I did. He could not believe that I sat by his side in the hospital. He confided he was afraid he had a deadly disease and the fact that I faithfully sat by him knowing I could possibly get sick and die too was overwhelming to him. We are truly closer because of that shared experience. I am humbled that God allowed me to be a part of what He was doing in Daniel's life.

Daniel's story is just one of many from this training. We wish each of you could come and share in this training. It is amazing to be His hands and feet. We are so thankful to see all that God is doing. Please be praying that each of those who attended this training will go back to their countries and make disciples.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Thoughts on the KP Summer Internship



Despite having grown up my entire childhood in the church, this summer was a huge wake-up call for me. It forced me to ask questions like: Is my life really all for God’s glory? Why do I obey God? What does it mean to live on mission? For someone who has never shared the Gospel before, this summer was a time of testing of faith and stepping out onto the waters, in the places where you accept the risk that the Holy Spirit simply has to show up – and God is always faithful!

 The teaching and the training prepares you for a summer with lots of time – the choice is what you will do with it. I found myself with an abundance of time, in which I had a choice to make. I could play games with the other team members and waste time every night, catch up with friends from home, and live in the normal routine. Or I could step into the waters of the unknown, which is simply being open and willing to whatever the Spirit asks of you. I found myself meeting new people and seeing in the spiritual realm, as I never had before, who God would be calling me to invest in. This summer was a long journey of learning, probably to a very simple level, what it means to give up control of my life, my time, and my fears.

 Sharing the Gospel for the first time to someone who has never heard, when led by the Spirit, may be one of the most life-changing experiences of my life. Never before have I been so aware of God’s voice and the leading of the Spirit to speak God’s heart for that person, not simply a generic version of the Gospel. God has called us to lift the curse the devil has laid on mankind and take a role in His work of reconciliation on earth, to return the world to its rightful place of submission to God’s throne. However, that can only be done when our lives are 100% in submission to God’s throne. This summer taught me to ask God daily, “Master, is your servant’s life in submission to your throne?” Growing up, I thought it my duty to obey God as a Christian; this summer has taught me that it is my privilege, because of God’s love for me, to obey God as His faithful follower.