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7 September 2009 11 Comments

This Sunday we all packed up to go to our first Romanian church service.  I was really excited  to experience how the Romanians worship.  We have about 60 World Racers in the small village that we are staying at, so it was great to get to worship together.  The entire January  squad is here, 3 J squad teams plus Joholo and us.  We pretty much tripled the population of this town in one night.  Anyway, after worship our contact got up and said that he felt like the Spirit was moving us to do something radical.  So he got us all to pack up, got outside and we began worshipping in the street.  We formed one long processional and walked from one end of the town to the other.  Every time people came out to see what was going on, we invited them to church later that night.  It was a really great experience for me.  I love worship, and I love prayer walking, so for 60 of us to be united together really touched my heart.  We filled the streets of Villa Techii with praise! That night for service, all of the pews were filled with townspeople! It was amazing! We had about 4 racers speak and then an invitation.  Many people went up for prayer and healing.   It was exciting to see the fruit of our labor earlier that morning.

Another cool experience we had was earlier in the week.  Danielle and I spent the day with a lady named Simone, playing with her children and spending time with her.  She invited us back later that night to sing and maybe study the Bible some.  Our whole team went back with our host family, who are also serving as our translators.  A couple of our guys shared and Abi, our host, translated.  In the middle of it one of the men that was there began asking questions to Abi about the Trinity and holiness and what separates good people from Christians.  Abi spoke with this man for a good half hour about the Lord.  The man seemed to understand a lot, and asked for prayer at the end of it.  He even invited our guys back to his house later this week so they can continue to discuss and pray! Later we learned that he had never spent more than 5 minutes at a worship service and never engaged in spiritual conversation.  Even though we weren’t able to directly speak to him, I believe our presence in the village was a catalyst for this divine appointment.  We merely created the space, and God did the rest.  It was really freeing for me because so often I believe missions is an on the go type of thing all the time, but God  just wants us to be, and rest, and create spaces and then allow him to work.

I am learning a lot about how to love people, despite a language barrier.  Even though we have a difficult time with the language, love is the most powerful way to speak.  We do a lot of acts of service, and I believe that speaks volumes.  Later this week we are trying to get together a  children’s ministry and a language school, so please pray that doors will be opened and that we can learn to communicate God’s love to people.  We are in this village for two more weeks and then we are supposed to leave for an AIM conference at the end of the month.  They are having 4 different squads, AIM staff, and many World Race alumn meet for a five day conference in Romania.  I’m looking forward to meeting the other squads and learning as much as I can from them.  I’m not sure when I will get internet again.  We took a bus for about 30 minutes this morning because it was our day off.  We may get another one next week, but who knows.  I appreciate all of your prayers so much.  I really feel it being here and not being able to communicate.  Know that even though I can’t write much, I love you all so much and miss everyone terribly!!  May Christ give us all the wisdom this week to look for opportunities to create the space for God to move.

11 Comments »

  • Taylor Mobley said:

    Hey Jenn
    wow…incredible. I don’t even know what to say! Know that I am praying for you daily! I love you girl!

  • Your Mom! said:

    It was great hearing from you. God is so good and I am thankful that he is using your team to speak to those who may have heard, but never experienced the Lord’s touch. Be blessed. Be filled….. my precious daughter. Love you!!!

  • Lloyd and Renee said:

    Oh Jennifer…excitement is just flowing through me as I read your blog. I am SOOOOO EXCITED about what God is doing in and through you and the team. To hear about 60 of you worshiping and prayer walking through the streets of that town just thrilled my soul and spirit. God is on the move!! May God arise and His enemies be scattered!!!!

    We love you and we have you in our hearts and in our prayers always. Thank-you for giving to the Lord…again and again and again…

  • PJ Simmons said:

    hey Jennifer!

    Wow…you are doing some amazing things for the Lord! Keep going. I am so proud of you and it is so encouraging to hear the adventure that you are living. Keep giving Christ your everything…He’s worth it. Thanks for being an inspiration!

    P.J.

  • Mama C said:

    Whoo Hoo!!!! Go Jesus!!!

    You guys are the amazing hands and feet of Jesus, HE must be so proud of all of you!!

    BIG hug,

    Mama C

  • shaunza said:

    JENNIFER! this sounds absolutely amazing..i’m so proud of you i hope all is going well and you’re being safe. Remember that there is a purpose for all…i love u :)
    romans 8:28

  • Janice McGraw said:

    Love you sweet Jen. It is so amazing to read the blog and see what God is doing. Praying for you and your team.
    Aunt Janice

  • Daddy said:

    “How lovely are the feet of them that bring good news”! Looks like you guys are “walking” the talk. Pun intended since the language appears to be a small hurtle. I really beleive in prayer walking and am thankful that God is using you to meet the deep needs of the people that only the Holy Spirit can really understand. You are in my daily prayers and please continue the lovely good news feet…ing.

  • Jessica said:

    JINNNNAAA!!!!! i miss youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! Im so happy your blogging so that I can see what yall have been doing :D :D :D

    1.) OMGOODNESS that is so amazing that 60 of yall went on a prayer walk and so many people came to the Lord, Im so happy you are so giving of yourself to just go out on a random strees and pray :)

    2.) Ok, i really like the last part of your second paragraph where you said, “God just wants us to be, and rest, and create space for Him to work. Wow, that is so true and I often thik that missions is all about the go to, thank you for allowing me to see that God just wants us to sit down with people and just chill and talk with them. Thats so cool that Abi wanted to learn more and that through yall, God showed him things he had never seen before and yall could bearly even communicate with him-SOOO AWESOME!!!

    3.) I will defin be praying that God’s love will shine through each and every one of you when yall go and minister to the children and that they will be able to understand yall even though the language is diff. God is so amazing and He will bless yall and what yall are doing.

    4.) AMEN SISTER!!! I LOVE YOU SOOOO DEEPLY! YO AMO! <—im taking spanish class haha. and just continue to shine for Him, you make me so proud to be your lil sis. Cant wait to read your next blog! :) GOD BLESS YOU!!!

  • Your Lil' Bro said:

    HEY JENN!!!

    I miss you in more ways than I can say, but I know all the cravings to see you again are worth it because God is triumphantly spreading like wild fire through you and your group to these people. These journey stories that you talk about each week are so encouraging for us back here, for He does not only show up in radical ways during missions, but every day here in the states too. Whenever I read your blogs I get so excited for what God is doing and teaching you, it is amazing to hear about these things he is doing each week. Continue to let Him shine through you and rest in Him each and every day. I love you sis, and can’t wait to hear from you again!

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