Last Friday, we were honored to have Freddy Garcia, an evangelist through Central America, as a guest speaker. His message was simple and to the point, very well worded and efficient for the audience in our youth services, mostly kids, teens and young adults. The response of the congregation was so positively overwhelming. Kids whom we have met in our educational programs, and some we've never seen before, made the decision to accept God into their hearts publicly. Even the ones that didn't make a decision right then, were visibly touched by God's presence that night.
We were standing in awe and gratefulness just seeing how The Holy Spirit convicted various people in different ways. Yet in the back of our mind we were thinking ahead of the next steps, how can we lead this youth and keep the momentum going?
As we chatted with another missionary in the valley, she pointed out to us that at this time other ministries within the valley are encountering the youth in their villages hunger for God. It is so amazing that simultaneously all these ministries are experiencing a so called "spiritual harvest". As we are on our third year of service, GH2K's 7th year, and other ministries have all invested into this valley area for years; and now, we are seeing the young people ready to serve and follow God faithfully.
So what is our response to this movement? How are preparing ourselves for the spiritual harvest? First of all, is prayer. Please help us pray for wisdom, grace, and love abounding to be able to lead the youth in our area. Second, is we have to prepare ourselves as leaders. We have to make sure we are not running on empty, on the contrary, we must be in constant communion with God; so we can be ready to be channels of God's movement instead of obstacles. So we are grateful for all our friends who encouraged us as we went back to the States. We have been very motivated by your words to keep pursuing a closeness to God daily. And thanks for those who blessed us with resources to do so (thank you so much Mauricio and Jackie Dell, 1st covenant, for the books).
And third, we are starting a discipleship group tonight (02/12) to encourage and guide the young adults who are already natural leaders on Friday night services. These guys have been faithfully serving every Friday night, so we want to make sure we are inputting into their spiritual growth so they will be able to lead others into discipleship in the future.
So please, help us pray for continuing spiritual growth in the "Rio Cangrejal" valley, and that we might be ready for the great things God will do in our area.
Thank you for partnering with us in prayer!