Sunday, June 22, 2008

One Young Lady on Her Way to Salvation

There was a young girl on the street in San Sebastian that walked by the team performing drama's. Most people walked by paying some attention to us. A good number stopped to watch for awhile before moving on. The team continued performing their drama's and handing out tracks. This young lady was from Argentina. She took the track that was handed her.

She sat down just right of the team and read the material that was given freely to her. A couple of ladies from the team noticed her reading the track and sat down next to her. They began to talk and explain that God loved her and that she was not alone. After a few minutes she began to cry as the Holy Spirit touched her heart. At that moment she changed eternity for herself by excepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savour.

The Ladies invited her to the evening service. She took them up on their invitation and showed up at church. She entered into the worship and the prayer groups. She was hungry for God and found His presence in the service. Afterwards a counselor from the church took this young lady upstairs to minister privately and pray with her.

We spent many hours preparing for this trip, raised a good amount of money to travel to Spain, left behind family, friends and the comforts of home. We handed out hundreds of tracks, believing we would make a difference. We believed for Holy Spirit appoints with indivduals looking for the answer to their problems. This young girl was an answer to our prayers and I believe we were the answer to hers. But if all we did was help this one person enter God's kingdom the trip was worth it. However, we know we did accomplish more for God but this one young lady sure made it all worth while.

Rom 10:14-15 NASB How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? (15) How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!"

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

For God so loved. . . .

The Team was busy on Wednesday. They started out with a time of prayer and communion - the best way to start the day. They traveled to a town about 1 hour outside Vitoria. They set up in a town square that really was a post card setting. As you see it was one of the best locations to date. We had around 100 people, from locals to tourists stopping to watch the dramas and listen to the message. The devil being the devil never lets up. Just when we got to the point of the altar call and inviting people to say a prayer of salvation, the generator we were using for our sound system stopped. We tried to shout but it didn't seem right. So the team pulled out a boom box, performed Liar Land, a drama that speaks of God's love, and we repeated the altar call message. This time we had two interpreters. One translating into Spanish and another one to actually shout the message out loud in Spanish. I have had many interpreters but never one just to shout. As we stood and watched the crowd during this altar call we could see a number of people repeating the prayer. As you looked at their faces you could tell it was a born again moment in their life. One man was especially interesting as he repeated the prayer with such intensity. It was very cool. Afterwards the local pastor talked to each person and invited them to his church.
It was a great day for the Kingdom of God.

These pictures gives you the view the team had as they looked out on the crowd that gathered. The longer they played songs and gave testimonies the more people came to watch. When you look at this scene I want you to consider something. First of all this place was a Holy Spirit appointed time and location. Second, people changed the course of their eternal life in this town square. It looks like just a great tourist spot or cool picture to most but in reality it was much more. This place was a fork in the road in the lives of a couple of people that brought them into the Kingdom of God. One day you and I will see these people in heaven.

Thank you for your prayers and support to send us to this place to see people enter eternal life. It is a great feeling, isn't it.

PS: We did have another audience, perched on top of the roofs. They would fly from one building to the next; it was something to see.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

When In Need.

On Sunday, June 15, I spoke at a small church in Vitoria, Spain. We were told that it had a membership of about 50 people. When the worship began at 11:00 I counted about 4 people - that included the pastor and his wife. This count did exclude the worship team, David and Linda - members from the Spain team that accompanied me - and myself. SoI thought it was going to be a very small group. But after about 50 minutes of singing around 30 people arrived for church. I guess arriving late is a Church thing no matter what country or culture you are in. Worship was very good. David and Linda gave short testimonies and did excellent. When my turn came I had a message prepared but I knew that it was not the correct one for this group. So at the last minute I changed it. This is not normal for me but one must follow the Holy Spirit. (NOTE: This whole trip has been last minute changes so I wasn't surprised when God led me to another teaching at the LAST MINUTE.)

I gave a teaching on the link between faith and hope. If you have no hope, then your faith is of little use. If you have hope but no faith, you will be disappointed.
Pro 13:12 NLT Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.

The Message bible says it this way, "Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick, but a sudden good break can turn life around."

Using Hebrews 11:1 and the story of the women with an issue of blood in Mark 9:20-22, I spoke on bringing FAITH, present tense, together with HOPE, future tense. I spoke about a time when God healed me. I had faith God could heal me but at the time I didn't have hope that He would. It was at this time that God showed me that my faith and hope were not working together. They were not linked up. With the power of scripture to sustain the thing that you are hoping for you can stand in faith knowing that it will come to past. Maybe not in your time frame or the way you want it to happen BUT God is faithful to His word and He will bring future tense HOPE into present tense FAITH.

At this point I asked for those who had given up on the thing they were hoping for to come forward and we were going to pray for them. Everyone came forward. Not surprising since everyone is hoping for something. Healing, finances, relationships, peace, children.

So today, what are you hoping for? Find scripture to stand on for the thing you are hoping for and then go on in faith knowing that God will bring it to past. God bless...

Rom 15:13 NASB Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

I've Never Been to Spain but I've Been to Oklahoma

That's an old song that some of us may remember. (Three Dog Night.) Now I can no longer sing this song since I am writing this from my hotel room in Spain. It is a very B E A ...utiful country, if I must say so myself. Here are a few pictures that I took on our trip from Madrid to Vitoria. Yes, I did take them while I was driving the car. A skill taught to me as a young man.

On the way to Vitioria the landscape was awesome. It reminded me of driving through Colorado.

These hills had rows and rows of olive trees growing on them. Something I had never seen before.

You can see old churches all over the hillsides. They tell us that Spain was not destroyed in World War II like most of Europe, so many of their old buildings still stand.

We drove through a bunch of tunnels. It was really something to see. I have never seen so many. It was very cool. Speaking of cool the weather is nice. Low 50's or 60's at night and highs in the 70's during the day. A little cooler than I like or excepted but it has been PERFECT for the team. The rain has held off so PLEASE continue to pray that it will as we move into this week's outreaches in the local parks.

Typical street in Spain.

We are not sure what this is all about but you can see there is a lot of BULL in Spain. As we drove along we would come up on these bull shaped signs. Many jokes were made about these 'Bulls.' I will leave you to your own.