Sunday, March 28, 2010
Church is over, we had a great service. There was standing room only at the property today. We need a bigger tent! They have tarps stretched over big sections of the property that isn’t covered with tents for shade. The singing was unexplainable, the singing groups, especially the childrens choir was profound. They sang a song in English for us. It really melts your heart to hear them as they worship with such candor and without inhibition. I would say they put us to shame, but the truth is people worship God in many different ways. I would say they worship with less reservation than our culture does. They are stripped down of much of their vanity and pride. Humility drapes their countenance, and it is beautiful to watch them express their delight to God so openly. It is truly a praise offering. We came home to the house and had tuna sandwiches. We then caught up on all the blogs and comments with the team. It has been very late the last two night. At 3:00 am this morning there was a knock at the gate, then Rob’s phone rang. It seems a dear woman with no clock, and a lost sense of time thought it was time for church! But the real crowd did actually start showing up at 4:30 this morning. By the time we got ourselves out of the big tent and our mattresses put up, there was a crowd sitting around waiting to put the seating back together and getting ready for church to start. By the time we were cleaned up and back at 7:00 for service, there were well over 500 at the property, Ray guessed the upwards of 600. It is incredible. Every time we make a little more room, they fill it. I remember back when I asked Robinson how big he thought we should build the church I distinctly remember his answer; “No matter how big, it’s up to you, but whatever you build it, I will fill it.” He with God’s help has certainly kept his word! Everyone has rested a bit, Robinson just took DeVante, Kelly, and Germaine for a little surprise; they are going to go watch a little soccer for a few minutes. I am working on computer software, getting the new church computer set up that we had donated. We are going to the youth service where Germaine will share at 4:00 and then our movie night is at 6:00 at the church. The benches in the childrens tent were a huge hit! When everyone was asked to introduce themselves to the church this morning, DeVante stunned us all with an excellent introduction and a very heartwarming address to the people. Coming from a young boy’s perspective, it was a very bright and proud moment for his parents. We are sitting on the front porch again; this is what I will miss back home. We don’t get this time of fellowship and raw sharing. Our culture is driving us to isolation that is eating us from the inside out by our drive and hurry to have it all, to have more, and ending up with so much less. Take a little time today to share with one for whom you care. Say I love you, moments are lost, swept away by the machine of time, never to be found again. They cannot be replaced, sometimes they can be redeemed, but never can they be relived. Live each moment, because each one counts! Blessing until later.
Posted by Pastor at 4:37 PM