JUNE 18, 2011
Submitted by: Kim
Another day, I was having a casual conversation with someone. We talked about one of the mission trips she had gone on in the past. She looked at me and said, “You know, you should go.” I got so excited that I busted out saying, “I want to!” I got the okay to go, and the excitement ever since has just built and built. When I write or speak about it, knowing that God is doing something – a change, I burn with excitement on the inside. A driving force, this love that stirs me. It is amazing, and I know it’s God.
One thing I truly knew I had wanted to do was to dance in Mexico, but there wasn’t a dance team in place. So even though it was in my heart to do dance, I knew that I was called to be the hands and feet of the one who sends me and to do what is needed, not just what I, as one person, wanted to do. Then during one of our mission meetings, Pastor Don called me out of our group and announced that we would be having Prophetic Dance and I was to lead it and that he even had the song for it. It was quite a song – fast, Hispanic, a dance like I had never done before to music I had never heard before…but to words that I knew, “God has turned my mourning into dancing.” The desire of my heart to dance in Mexico was coming true.
The battle has never been people or the want to go The battle has been my schedule, juggling work, family, Madison graduating, Bible Study, Home Group, dance practice, and activity night for the kids. So making this commitment to go on the mission trip was making a commitment to be at the church an extra Monday night every other week and every Saturday morning, which meant that I would be working on my days off and later than I normally did, but I pressed in and stayed the course.
The enemy did come in many ways during this time to add a wearing to me, a physical attack against a family member, work problems, a theft. The enemy was trying to wear my heart down so that I would give up, but instead I pushed in to God through it, knowing that is what God would want me to do. One person had a word one Sunday about getting out of the trenches and getting into the battle. Well, the enemy did not want me out there and wanted to do all he could to push me back into a hole, but because of my great God I refused and stood and moved forward.
So as the week of leaving to go on the mission trip approaches, I continue to do the same. All battles are won at this point, nothing to fight, except how to keep my luggage under 50 pounds, moving forward with four days to go.
As our group gets ready to embark on this journey together, our team has been grafted together like a blanket – many parts, but yet one – moving to the people of Mexico with excitement and anticipation of what God has in store.
Please keep us in your prayers. We are a powerful force, not because who we are, but because who we are in Christ Jesus. The enemy does not stay still. Pray that we will not be moved, except in the direction God has for us!