Friday, June 24, 2016

Prayers Answered for Jamaica 2016

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…….” Matthew 28:19a

Ladies, thank you, thank you, thank you for ALL of your prayers!

Once again, the Lord blessed yet another mission trip as forty-five of us from the state of Tennessee went to Linstead, Jamaica to share Christ and be a part of God’s Great Commission!

The Lord truly is attentive to the prayers of His people, and I appreciate all of you going before the Lord and asking Him to glorify His Son through us!

God Protected, God Saved, and God Encouraged!

God Protected

It was exciting as the entire team converged at the Atlanta airport, each group coming from their respective section of the state, gathering together to board the plane for Montego Bay, Jamaica. We had a safe flight, a safe bus ride to Linstead, and safe travel throughout our stay on the island.

As we returned to the United States, and each group went their separate way in the Atlanta airport, I realized how we had experienced the guidance and protection of our watchful Father, who truly guards our going out and our coming back in (Psalm 121:8).

God Saved

We went on the streets of Linstead in teams and shared the Gospel with the local citizens. By God’s amazing grace, He opened up hearts and some made professions of faith in Christ!

I had the awesome privilege of sharing Christ and praying with young people as they were getting out of school. My team was in a very strategic location and God brought us a harvest of school-age kids!

There was a young person on our team who did not have a relationship with Christ and accepted Jesus as Savior while we were in Jamaica! The Lord used the mission trip to bring this precious young soul to saving faith in Christ!!! Glory to God!!!

God Encouraged

In all of my times in going to Jamaica, I got to experience something I had never experienced before; our first night there we attended a “Youth Explosion”. Young people (teens, young adults) from the community, and some of the youth from our mission team, came together to share and express their faith with songs, praise dancing, spoken word monologues, and testimonies. It was so wonderful to see the passion coming from these young believers as they worshipped the Lord! It was a tremendous outpouring of praise, and it thoroughly encouraged all of us, especially the young people in our group.

I know that everyone is not called to go overseas on mission for the Lord, but we can all go next door, go to our families and friends, go into our communities, spreading the good news about how Jesus came to seek and save the lost!

Yet, there may be some of you who desire to answer the call to go outside our borders, to get out of your comfort zone and be a witness in the “uttermost parts of the world”. (Acts 1:8) If the Lord is tugging on your heart to do just that, BE OBEDIENT. The experience will be life-changing, and the Holy Spirit will ignite a fire within you for missions that will never go out!

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