Monday, April 2, 2012

Missions Monday | Not My Will... | Philippines

Last July, I went to the Philippines and worked under the ministry of Mike Redick. They have an evangelistic campus ministry called, "Student Movement for Christ International." They have a 6 week evangelistic campaign in the Philippines every summer. Teams from all over the world come to join SMCI in reaching school campuses with the Gospel.

Last summer, I went for one week with four other adults from my home church. We literally went from school to school, from classroom to classroom. Each of us team members gave a 20 minute gospel presentation to the students in our classrooms. I think one particular day, I ended up teaching the gospel in 8 different classrooms! Pastor Mike teased me that he was going to turn me into a preaching machine. ;-)

I should maybe back up by saying... how vividly I remember waking up at 2:30am in the morning on Monday - our first day of going into the classrooms - lying there on my cardboard like mattress, and hearing so many international sounds outside my room: a random motocyclist driving by, goats 'bahhh-ing', and men walking by outside - speaking their native Filipino language. The humidity was high, and I was s.o. hot. As I layed there on my bed in the wee hours of the morning, my heart started racing and I wanted to panic. I thought to myself, "What in the world am I doing?!? Why am I here?? I'm half way around the world! I can't back out now! BUT... how in the world am I EVER going to get up in front of a classroom of students and give the gospel?!? I'm not a SPEAKER! I hate getting in front of large crowds of people with dozens of eyes staring at me!" As my heart literally raced, God began to flood, and I mean FLOOD, my mind with scripture. He spoke to my heart, "Leah, Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. I will never leave you or forsake you. Through Christ, you can do ALL things." I soon drifted off to sleep, and by 7am, we all had had our fried egg & rice for breakfast (and coffee!) and were on our way to our first school. I'll never forget how the fear left and how an overwhelming joy and peace flooded my heart as 20 kids or more just surrounded me. They shook my hand, hugged me, and pulled out their cell phones to get a picture with me. I remember feeling so overwhelmed & so unworthy to be ABLE to BE in the Philippines to partner in the work of His kingdom and to show His love to this kids. That afternoon, I spoke in my first classroom, and as SOON as I opened my mouth, God gave me His peace, and His enablement to be able to speak for 20 minutes to 60+ students. I remember walking away from that first classroom thinking, "Hey!! That was actually really fun!"

By the end of that ONE week, with many of us teaching & sharing the gospel, thousands of students made decisions to follow Christ. It was the most exhausting & draining ministry I have ever done in my life, but it was so fulfilling to know that it was all of Christ working in and through each one of us there in the Philippines.

Before I moved out & decided to rent a place for the next four months, I was seriously considering going back to southeast Asia, specifically, Singapore to work with the Redick's school evanglism team on a permanent or indefinite basis. Somehow, I just didn't have peace that NOW was the right timing. I so badly wanted to hop on a plane, but I didn't sense God directing me to go right now. Now that I know I will be here in Colorado till atleast August, and I'll be in Mexico over September & October, I have no idea if the Lord will eventually lead me back to southeast Asia or not, but all I can say is, "Not my will, but Thine be done!" Whatever His will is, I know it will be GOOD and best for me.

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A really encouraging message by Mike Redick, "Is Anything Too Hard for the Lord?" Listen to it!

Is There Anything Too Hard For God? on Vimeo.

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