Sunday, A Day to Minister
Trip Start Sep 20, 2013
7Trip End Sep 28, 2013
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In the afternoon, we walked around downtown Manaus
The most exciting part of the day was the night service at the church in Etel Vina. After traveling through much traffic, we made it to this suburb of Manaus. The first thing we noticed was NO POWER. Since I was going to speak, the team thought I had prayed for it but not really. The amazing thing was that we did not need power. While many churches in the US would have canceled services, the church went on as planned.
God must have directly spoken to Holly because she was the only one to bring a flashlight. That's all we needed. As we worshiped in the dark, God provided and the service became that much more special to us. Our group had prepared a couple of songs in accapella and as we sang them in the dark, God's spirit was truly present. While the power came back on for about 15 minutes, hope for electric power faded once more when the power went off again
Then it was time for the message and while I got up to speak, I could only see so far in the dark. God gave us a message about Trust and how he asks us to "completely trust" in him. An account of David and Goliath was given where we saw that David did not walk toward the giant, he RAN toward the giant with complete trust that God would provide. Our trip is just one example. God has provided for our trip, giving us Andressa to interpret and Tommie to lead construction. We already see his provision and I'm sure we will see him continue to provide for us. God will provide for you as well, his word promising his provision for those who love him and are called according to his purpose.
Our day ended very late because following the service, we had dinner at a pizza restaurant. While the time was very late, the restaurant was packed with people. One thing you should know about many Brazilians, they eat late at night. You should also know that Brazilians love their weekends and while Americans slow things down on Sunday night, many Brazilians go out to enjoy the last part of their weekends.
Stay tuned as we start each day with great expectations. If you have ever thought of going on a mission trip, I encourage you to truly consider it. While the pictures tell part of the story, you are missing the true experience by not being here. For me, I love being in one of my favorite countries in the world. We can know, the message of Jesus is alive and growing in this beautiful country. Eu amo Brasil!