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prepare and wait

BY: sara shehan

Today I danced… not unlike David, who “…danced before the LORD with all his might.” (2 Samuel 6:14)

Our team visited Outreach Hope Church Kosovo in the Mathare Valley today and were blessed beyond belief by the celebration of Jesus. I can honestly say, I have never felt the Holy Spirit so alive in a church setting. I’ve been in church my whole life, but have never experienced this kind of worship with dancing, singing, shouting, and crying out to God… out loud. Freedom is the only way to describe it. I am amazed how wonderful it feels to worship God the way it was intended. We were made to praise the King of the world! 

Just as the service was getting started, our dear sister in the faith started speaking from the pulpit about despair and devastation. You see, the people who live in this community know all too well how hard life can be. It is not uncommon to see them rummaging through garbage looking for something to eat, seeing their children play in sewage filled streets, or even struggling to pay $4 a month for rent. The despair is very real. Yet, despite all of this, they have hope. What she said next was both humbling and amazing. Our dear sister said, “According to Isaiah 40:1-4, we prepare, and we wait for the LORD. It is well, it is well with my soul.” As I stood there in awe, I wondered, how can people who have so little, have so much faith?

Then I remembered an encounter I had with a group of 6th grade girls just the day before. As we were getting to know each other, one of them asked me, “What’s your talent?” Her statement took me by surprise because it implied that she believed that everyone had a talent. This is amazing considering she along with the other girls come from the same community full of despair. The only reason she believes that everyone has a talent is because she knows who she is, and Who’s she is. She is a child of God and through MOHI is being taught that she has a talent that can be used by God to do great things.

This brings me to our very own Kim Westmoreland, who through the nudging of the Holy Spirit, preached a beautiful sermon about redemption and God’s rescue plan for our lives. Needless to say, he has been blessed by God, and has chosen to answer the Lord’s call to “feed His sheep.” 

After the service, our team was greeted by every single person in the congregation. Not one single person left without blessing us and shaking our hands. Such hospitality and grace is quite the norm here in Kenya.

As I reflect over the day, and begin preparations for tomorrow, I am humbled by what the LORD is showing me. First, God is God and is worthy of our praise! Secondly, we all have a talent, and will miss so many blessings if we choose to ignore it. Finally, God is good, all the time… and all the time, God is good.