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[The below text has been machine translated and may contain errors. Please listen to audio for original and integral translation] Lord, we thank you so much for Bill and Bethany the entire family for what you are doing Lord we pray that you would go ahead of the Holy Spirit the us are preparing Lord this people to hear your words or respond your word Lord use or plowing up the hard ground of their pioneering Lord that you had just a just start doing a work already or that one bill doesn’t show up lord their jobs can be explained that this is God and this is him and this is who he is and what he is doing Lord that you just are doing a mighty work ahead of them even now we just think you for equipping them empowering them giving them the strength and the courage and the boldness that they need to fulfill your work in their lives in your name and. For you thank you I have once apparently clipped a work. I hear myself again morning everybody it is awesome to be here we absolutely love the drive coming in the mountains the country it’s my heart it’s just the people over there were to go. Did it I did it is enough bucket. Look over yet but my name is that any This is my husband bell and we have 4 missionary kids with us our children we have Meg and. There are a lot mellower when we took that picture oh yeah they are. That’s Ok. Meghan is 12 she’s going to be 13 in 3 weeks old boy. Will is alive and he’s going to be 12 same time Joshua is 10. And Zack is 7. So those are our kiddos they travel with us and this is not just the one I missions trip or missions life this is a family so we’re going to be training our kids to be working with us to doing different things some of our kids have already felt called to do different jobs with us so we’re really excited for that but we have been called to the country of Curacao to start off with but our heart is actually the entire eastern Caribbean and we’re going to be sharing with you about that but we have a huge map outside we can show you exactly where God has called us to do and what our lives are going to look like for the future but for today we just kind of wanna give you a sample of what God has asked us to do before we start we have a friend that has. Your i Pod in mind he wasn’t in the van you know if anybody receives underneath their seat a blue furry friend Betty but if any kids see any blue furry friend not under They’re Ok thank you well while Bill is looking behind here if everyone else would turn with me in their Bibles in your i Phones in your i Pad whatever you look in the Bible or read. Sorry if you go to Matthew 28 with me we’re going to be reading and talking about the Great Commission today it’s near and dear to our family but I’m going to show you how it’s not just for missionaries sent over the over seas it’s for every single person sitting in this room who is a child of God So the great commission math Oh no there you are right but if it was found all drawable wrong. That was a good song wasn’t it I don’t have any boat though what a lot so that’s true. You under left out mess. Well probably thought of a fellow. Well yeah there’s that I mean there is a hand in there with bones but I asked her a technical yours. Well how about you introduce yourself Ok My name is who is. Doing here and I don’t know them but I was going now. Oh boy I am. Ok Well you’re handler is an ordained pastor that we’re gonna go yet that means I am. At least a hand pot already then while Ok well you say duty was long How about your nickname it’s a little bit easier All right you know man. Oh don’t say it’s not bad it’s. I think I ought to know yeah you have to keep you I’m really on holiday yes you are I forgot more far off and while going to get hurt anything on knowing exactly so you know we were getting ready to read your favorite verses are you writing. Hurry and we’re going to be reading verses 18 to 20 then Jesus came to them and said All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you and surely I am with you always to the very end the job is often or both are 8 so that you don’t jump right into it we know that there are some people in the New Testament once this command was given that help to work towards fulfilling the Great Commission route like Pablo. And for. Year in Spanish. There’s a lot of that Ok but how about some English. Ha ha ha ha ha Ok everything is made a real. Pablo yet so that but imo i only 12 so I go Ok Oh yes so yes those 3 are just examples of people who helped to work towards the film in the very commission but would Did they finish filling the entire thing the entire argument Yes Ok let me think this is to go into oh oh poor fellow that was beautiful all over oh this is going to all the world right yeah I want there I’m going to do that I’m going to hold the world right Ok good back in Bible times today only Aereo planes don’t do they go from across oceans whatever. What’s up with the saw going. So if they did I marry a plane and then swim across oceans then going to the world because they go to North America or South America or a top with depression with a lotus I want to be a miss you know never to Antarctica. Minister to pain. That would be different if that is the priest or every creature. Was Oh yeah. I mean I wouldn’t mind Antarctica because of this no but yeah whole different. So yes so they did not fulfill the entire commission so that means that there is a still a lot of work to do correct. So then who is supposed to be fulfilling it low for a people large. Well I think you can help like you’re doing today Ok then it’s a blow for people like. I’m your head no I guess. I think I think the older folks I think you might need glasses really yes because I don’t see any blue free people. Except for you so anyway. Yes So it’s not just for blue for things like you but I think it’s also for each and every person sitting in this room correct myself for people like them I think you just have for covering your eyes and I don’t why you do that for them is for me although I here come over here. Well you’re not really want to know. That’s creepy about your was like. Some sort of blueberry solve well anyway so yes it is for each and every person here it’s not just for missionaries going overseas it’s for everybody who calls himself a child of God you guys each have an opportunity to be a part of the great commission every single day that is true so we’re going to teach you guys 3 different ways you can join us as we fulfill the Great Commission in our context and how you can do it where you’re at Ok so good buddy. But. You’re not scare me you stop focusing on this thing over here is the comeuppance beginning of the way to turn right well of course bigoted are my reform but these things don’t work. Yet while you’re already speaking so you don’t need to go ask through r.k. well but there what is the 1st way that our friends can join us in filling the Great Commission Ok the 1st way to do fulfill the Greco Micio because I speak for is that you can pray you can pray for your pastor. I mean I remember the black car going nowhere but I was there you. Were out if you don’t get over here hey there’s a black curtain these days saying these are long war. Anyway you got bravery a pastor or or a pregnancy center or or or or or or or your record skipping or or or or. Or or or or group. Well why don’t you talk to your hands. It was hand sanitizers. I’m an all day person I can have all of my mouth. Ok well your record was skipping I needed to stop you anyway. Yes praying is the 1st way that you guys could help to fulfill the great commission now all of us know that prayer is communication between ourselves and God right through our lips to god’s ears it is powerful there is something that happens when we pray there is something it’s activated deep inside of us Ok so there are times where God might download something deep inside of you where you need to pray for something now sometimes it could be a country that you have never heard about like goes back to stand God bless you in the real place it’s right next to Turkmenistan and the stands so if you’re on the stand it’s around all the stand by and your name stand oh we got one. The sound guy that’s awesome. Is yours like 20 countries named after you. Well they all in the Middle East are right so and some point maybe God downloads hey I need you to pray for one of these stand countries or stand the sound guy or so there is a reason for that and there is something inside of you that God wants to activate so that you can a fulfill your part Ok Are your prayers are powerful kids teenagers adults of all ages your prayers matter it doesn’t matter if you are 2 years old or even a year old and start to sing Jesus to 97 years old and have many words or 200 years old and I had 200 now nope didn’t think so Ok. So it doesn’t matter how old you are your prayers matter God wants you to pray for those things that he gives you to pray for Ok Now sometimes you may not get a download I do have a story about when we were serving our missionary associate term we were in the Caribbean on an island called the Isle of of there you were not there I was that I was a true not in the Amazon now but I was on his Anaconda of and died while I was an Amazon they did all the proof for things like misprint broke. Through So while you were living in and serving that was our 1st term it was our 1st time leaving the us with our family completely selling everything our home our cars re home the animals and trying to get into a new country and live with 4 kids was very difficult. There are times where we felt completely alone our kids felt forgotten we felt my husband and I felt very confused and it we just we struggled Ok just to be honest it was really hard so I would have a friend who would out of the blue when these hard feelings would come up she would just text me she knew exactly when she goes you know me or Monica apostle nesses the door on quantity. I’m getting or is but you’ll invoke eat though she’s a friend of mine we took Spanish classes for 7 months she Spanish so she needed me to practice she said my sister I need to pray for you what’s going on and she would tell me that God has been telling her pray for them and for family pray for the McCloy family and she just it was exactly when something hard was happening so when God tells you to pray for somebody you may not need to reach out and say hey what’s going on we don’t need to know everything that’s happening especially some of these life we may not know the country or what’s going on in the country we just know we need to pray God just once or begins to follow through through now sometimes we do not get those downloads sometimes we just need to you know we need to pray every day right you know we need to stand concept medication with God. We as missionaries have awesome cards Bud you know where they called their car ahead of their. Prayer cards very good I got at that time. We have prayer cards to have people to remember to pray for us because it’s not going to be an every error all the time thing that your member to pray for your missionaries we just have cards you can put your Bible on your fridge or eat or wherever you remember to pray not in the bathroom the whole problem and my word that somewhere new. Reader Now if you look at it off phrases while you are in a state over on dress what if there brushing their teeth or what I’m going to go into dapat carry that’s none of your business. Anyway. Ok. We have prayer cards that you can take that are with our entire family has our contact information on it but more importantly we have a prayer card for our kids Los Near know yes and like I said our kids really did struggle the 1st term we were on the field they felt like they were forgotten so this time we made prayer cards specifically for them we’ve gone through over 6000 so they know that there’s at least a 1000 people praying for them but we would like you to join us in praying for kids because it’s not just us taking kids to the field and them sitting and doing school they’re going to be working with us they’re a part of the action so we need them prayed up and pray for us too because we’re in new waters with teenagers. So please just take our prayer cards there are some other ways that you can remember to pray every day we also we need to keep our pastors in prayer Pastor Steve and family I just want to thank you and honor you for all the work that you’ve been doing through this pandemic you guys are heroes to us each and every pastor so thank you. Remember to pray for your pastors remember to pray for your leadership pray for your community pray for our country pray for your friends the people sitting here I have bookmarks that I need to start using again because I put them down and I need to get them back but every day I’m a little tape a. What is it what she says. I am no very good luck yes I know yes you are not I pick a tie very person it makes a list and then never thought left and checks it out that’s what I do know it’s not. You know make a list do things that are not on the list then add them to the list just I think it check it off that is not type a that is 5 trouble I a. Right fine you know I’d be energizing the army. Especially with Starbucks. Yes I do do that however I just like to remember who I should pray for every day that’s just an idea for you but praying is super important it’s our longest point because it is so important it keeps you in communication with God and opens up that communication in the sphere where you can hear God’s heart you know for other people all right but what is the 2nd way that our friends gets a helpful still the great commission with us this 2nd way you can hopeful feel the great economist see your is the juking there of you can give moneys all its Or you could give diapers for the. Chase for that I’m sure there was. I spoke too fast it didn’t go through my filter she said hey presto you need God approves. I’m never going to live it down over this photo. But just like with it it has to do is just like with the prayers you know you got me all tongue tied to how. They’re not on the inside it’s soem what is not. Family Thing will still get that very very low. Look. Ok Bud sown just like with prayer there are times that God will put a needle in your heart he’s he might ask you to bring 5 bags of groceries to the church the next Sunday you might have no idea why but I bet you Pastor Steve might know where those bags need to go and then what he was referring to as I said maybe diapers and wipes need to be brought to the church and pastor so you might know someone who needs them but that’s what I want you to say I know no one. Ever Has a post I said maybe the pastor needs them and it just came out way too fast it was I was married yes yes it was very embarrassing and now imagine it everywhere you go to. But again there are needs that God knows that you are able to fulfill your partnering with God to expand that great commission because the people that might need those food the diapers and wipes maybe it is money they may not know who Jesus is and then when they hear a story that God told someone to bring them food or to bring them whatever they need they’ll be touched by that it’s a story it’s a way to open up a communication about Jesus it’s very simple and sometimes it’s like but I don’t know that I have that I don’t know that I can do that God is going to make you able or he’s going to provide the way for you to fulfill those needs Ok so what is it does have to do with money but you know. Oh you want me to say my thing aha oh Ok so it doesn’t matter if you give $0.10 or $1000.00 quarter $1000000000.00 The whole point is to do whatever God says to do if he told you to give $0.10 a month doing that because that being obedient if you know I ask you to give $10000.00 a month do that too because he’ll make sure you have it to get you. Right in that there is there’s a need in the church a need in your community anywhere and guides us Haski you say you have $5.00 in your wallet put in the plea from I want to give you the 4 Macomo don’t use it. But you might feel like it’s just $5.00 What’s $5.00 going to do you guys you have no idea how much your $5.00 in your b.b.s. can expand in the kingdom of God You know so our amazing superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ms the player you know it’s Reverend Doug Clay the same thing with the plate I mean the blade only has a magazine a camera. You watch it and I’m just a Plato I really hope I mean they did want to watch. I keep telling everybody that we started this anyway Reverend clay. 5 loaves plus to fish doesn’t really equal a lot to rate but 5 loaves to theists and one Jesus equals unlimited amount of possibilities that’s a great quote Mr Plato has to play so when you say my 5 $5.00 is going to do much you need to remember when you give it to Jesus he can do anything with that $5.00 so there’s a program in called the d.n.c. big no no no get off of McDonald’s. But big big mc big boys and girls missionary challenges but it’s where they are very aware of his children bring in change Ok for missionaries and of those funds are able to go all over the world to help missionaries with their programs Ok hamburger No if you’re well it doesn’t but I think you know Ok All right. You’re special so I’m also have a special went Yeah. You’re manufacture you know Ok so I was Mia when we were in the. We were I was the kids director and I was creating a lot of the program a lot of the curriculum the paperwork and everything like that for my kids I don’t know if you’ve ever been to the Caribbean or an office supply store but it was very expensive just like everything else. We were paying about $150.00 to $200.00 a carton of ink and then we could get it home and it would already be dry and there’s no return policy so we were financially just unable to continue buying ink and we were able to partner with the g.m.c. they bought us curriculum that we were able to have brought down with the team to be able to share the gospel with the kids in our church and in our neighborhoods be g.m.c. uses the coins the little that we would see and expanded it to be able to share the gospel in they do it all over the world but the g.m.c. is a huge huge lesson for us that it doesn’t matter how much change you put in the basket all that matters is your obedience said dollar bills through. So checks. True the firm so we have done praying well done giving your blood What is the 3rd way that our friends here could partner with us the last way the writable. Is there we can go and. We don’t actually go we can go volunteer out we go on a Mrs trip when go see how to stand by thing. Maybe if they can go to his best there that is father I don’t know. Maybe Ok So yes going now does going mean that it has to be overseas now as you understood it like I understand this you guys get to go next door you get to go to school you get to go to your job you get to go work ever you are where every you have to go that day and you can be facility the great commission you get to be God’s light for Jesus students on your Xoom cause if you’re stuck at home again you get to be God’s light. Or if you’re working from home same thing so it does not always mean going overseas I do want to talk to minute about something though with going overseas or actually just going where you are and Luke 12 we have a verse that says he told them the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few ask the Lord of the harvest therefore to send out workers into his harvest field. Now this was a verse that our leadership in Latin America Caribbean asked us to start praying at 10 o 2 every day because of Luke $102.00 It reminded us to pray for more workers for our region for Latin American Caribbean but God kind of opened my eyes this this year the beginning of this year and he said it’s not just for light in America Caribbean I need my workers in my churches to go into the harvest field around them I need my keepable to go to their neighbors to go to the people in the stores in their jobs I need my students that are for me to get their students the harvest field is still full but not a lot of workers are in it so it 10 o 2 every day my wrist band goes off my phone doesn’t on Sundays just because it’s not appropriate during Turk but I remember to pray wake up your children or God wake up your people that are sitting at church or the sit in church on Sundays to do your work during the week Ok so that’s 10 o 2 that’s my heart every day you guys can join me and not for workers overseas or for how you can pray or how you can be a light for Jesus where you’re at Ok so tend to every day but you know what if God does call somebody to go to that neighbor that’s a little scary the scary one you know what it is right your head at it if you’re a big you know one you’re probably going to go boy. Just like. They don’t do but what does that mean like what if I’m scared that’s Ok God gives you the most to say when you go you have to just be obedient and do it and then you’ll be surprised what you actually what actually comes out of your mouth yes sometimes often probably comes out of my mouth to me too because Mom Alco it actually makes hour winds. Wow I tell people. Anyway there’s no voice box. I think they got it oh well anyway yeah so a lot of times when a guy asked us to go it pulls us out of our comfort zone it pulls us into a place of uncertainty and vulnerability but that’s where we get to lean on Jesus because the Holy Spirit will give us the words to say he will give us that boldness and yes we do need to ask for that guy’s I never in a 1000000 years a magic myself being able to stand up here and preach to people I was scared to death of preaching or talking in front of people and then you had a puppet so I was a different element that’s for sure. God gives us those things that we need to fulfill what he has called us to do it could be bringing your family overseas it’s not easy it’s very challenging I’ll be honest I was in tears this morning because there are some times where you just God I need extra strength. I need that I don’t know how to do this anymore I don’t know how to keep pulling my kids every week sorry anyway he gives us that strength he gives us that boldness he gives us to encourage meant that we need in order to do what he’s called us to do we just need to ask Ok so we get pray we get to give we get to go and it’s a privilege to do all of those things together and we’re excited that we get to do those things with you guys so you know I’m there we’re going to go. But I think you for today it was good to see you again yes then I was you had a couple I had a go had ordained. All right but if you could say goodbye to everybody forget I saw long I do you know scenario I go by the bad forest. So long I don’t are a so. That’s But and there is a reason for but that is a part of our ministry and this is actually a coded project which God decided to wake up this amazing talent Bill what are you doing because you left I mean he left I mean find him you know he found everybody else it’s good to be. Ok so normal. Higher like this week they’re working through. You don’t know I actually increased the stage a foot since the last time I did it and I’m actually sitting instead of kneeling so my knees are so thankful right now. So while we were sitting just like everybody else basically last year God started waking up this talent and Bill to do puppetry he had put down from over high school so over 20 years ago my data carried. But he said this is a part of your ministry this is something that we want you to do with your children to be able to reach those in the Caribbean and we’re going to talk with you about that right now so while I mentioned we served as missionary associates and I was the kids’ director Bill was the bible school teacher directory and said Yep I taught our kids at home I taught Sunday school I was all about kids’ ministry and I was a middle school teacher for 13 years oh yeah teaching not to do this so we were like this fits our talents this fits our you know what we’re good at so yeah we’re going to I’m a teach kids school in kids’ curriculum you know write it I can’t talk right now apparently worked hard yet and then he’s going to teach in the Bible School and that’s what we’re going to do for the rest of our lives were sold out we’re going and then we get there and like I alluded to was really hard getting used to but 9 months in really hot I think we got a rhythm I think we’re good. And then God said I got a little change for you. It always happens like right when you’re on the rhythm you’re like oh I’m getting good at this the guys that would know when to turn now are going to see this of we just saw the transition coming guys started talking to us about our future and you started talking to us about long term which we thought we were going to be an auntie of for at least 10 years and he said nope this is your only term here which were like. Ok. So we started pressing it and we started asking God Well what is this look like what does this mean and we started fasting and praying and during this time God brought me into a wonderful vision and he brought me into his throne room and in his throne room is his throne it’s absolutely gorgeous but then surrounding his throne room are billions of other Thrones now some of these thrones already had people sitting in them they were running they had crowns of their heads holdings up there’s royal robes kind of like what 6 says and God raises up with crazed and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus and then it was like spotlights almost that kind of were shining on the empty seats they had crowns just sitting on them but they were empty so I started asking God Well what does that mean why are you highlighting these seats and he said well these seats are reserved for the children who don’t know who I am yet these are my last kids. So I want you and your family to go into the Caribbean and I want you to find them disciple them bring them to me in the knowledge of who I am to them as their father and help them find their places and I was like are it will. Do that. Is like yeah but I’m going to take it a step further I want you guys to church plant. I went. But that’s not what we thought we were going to be doing and what you’re certainly not what you said originally we’re not qualified for that in the list started going the but but but but we’re not ordained guess what just happened last week he’s already. And always bugged and it’s not from the. Lord help us. Only ask that at my interview he did when when I went to get interviewed for ordination I actually asked the interviewees I said when I become ordained as I mean the public gets ordained through and they looked at me I was like yeah I guess. At least I am here. My God we’re not qualified for this we’ve never done this we can’t be buyer sells we can’t you know all these excuses we’re joining a team of church planters some of which have been doing church planting for over 25 years so we’re not going to be alone we’re going to get to learn seriously every single but but but had an answer to it and there are still worries or there are still questions that we have but God continuously is faithful and keeps replacing those questions with answers all we have to do is just be obedient That’s our theme for it is a for today is obedience we walk forward now with our determined predetermine Yes where we just have our hands open it’s not easy to get there but we know it’s a lot easier to walk through life with a pre-determined yes than a God I don’t want to do this and then have him work through us later. So yes so we went through this whole time and as Bethany was saying we were trying to figure out what that next step was and he mentioned charge planting and we said Ok You know we have a pre-determined yes will say yes to this so we’re going to do it we don’t know how it works but Ok and we said you know what are we going to be doing and he started to talk to me about the importance of kids and it really hone in on kids specifically in fact he actually was telling me a lot of things that you just don’t have time for but he was talking to me about how how kids or the like foundation of everything that if you reach kids you reach everybody and we said that’s great what is what does that have to do with us because I mean we have 4 kids but you know when you go to a place you generally don’t reach just kids and he said you will and I said Ok what do you mean he said I want you to plan a church I said I know you told me that he said I want you to plan a church for kids not for adults and I said I don’t know that’s ever been done in the history of forever and he said I guess you’ll be the 1st and I said God I know kids I was a teacher for 13 years how does this work like. Simmons of our world missions our model is to go plan a church raise up leaders give it to them and then go plan another church somewhere else that’s that’s the model it’s called district principle so that’s the idea How does that work with kids who I find the most mature 10 year old I can find like well how does that look and Pastor you’re talking about elders in your board members and stuff right what if there are 8 year olds that meeting we’re going to need all we want are more gay any Yeah we know. Like how does that work and I God said Stop you’re putting things on this that it’s never going to be just relax I know what I’m doing and I said Good because I don’t. So he started to talk us through this and he gave us ideas like Bud and puppets and worship and they wanted to worship this morning was fantastic if if the live band up here doesn’t get to like that does go back to this this is a great. That was fantastic but he’s starting to show he’s starting to show us what this looks like how it looks to go and do this and we’re excited about that but we’re excited because we’re going to go somewhere else that God’s called us to go to what you guys should be just as excited because we got called to go somewhere else but you need to do whatever God called you to do that’s the whole point of this message if you haven’t gotten it yet it’s obedience it’s doing whatever God said See we come up and we give pray give and go right and unfortunately a lot of times people see Pray give go message and think it’s a multiple choice question well you can pray you can give or you can go and God said No I never gave you that option if it was a moral choice the answer is the all of the above you’re supposed to pray give and go but unfortunately a lot of times in the church we don’t ask John what we are supposed to be doing and if we do we don’t actually expect him to answer see it when we do this we’re supposed to be asking God who to pray for see we know intellectually at least who are supposed to pray for of course pray for our pastors are supposed to pray for our government leaders as long as we’re in right office you know sorry so you know those things we’re supposed to do these things and we know that intellectually but how we ever ask God who am I supposed to pray for and then when he gives you a name that you don’t even know pray for him anyway he could say hey I want you to pray for. Them. And you said but God I don’t even know who that is and he says that’s Ok nobody else is going to pray for this guy ever I need you to because you’re listening you’re being obedient that’s what I need Hey there’s a country one of the ones I used to say was love so so it’s in South Africa it’s a little country inside South Africa and it’s you know if God can do it I need your approval so there’s no one else is doing it that’s an important job to listen and it all comes from you asking and listening to him or to respond that’s the idea so I want to actually give us an opportunity to do that so to pray and ask God who would you want me to pray for and whoever that is I mean it could be their cashier at Walmart the drive you crazy because they take so long they tell you that that could mean it right whatever that is talking from experience was my experience because I was like cashier. I could open the bags. So anyway so it’s like you whoever it is that’s what you’re supposed to do that’s what you’re supposed to pray for Ok 2nd one giving giving is what a lot of us are going well wait a minute. But guess what giving doesn’t have to be $50.00 a month giving doesn’t have to be a $1000.00 a month it doesn’t have to be everything you have giving for God has nothing is erode to do with the amount 0 what God is asking you to give is what what God’s ask you to do is to give what he asks you to give it so it’s obedience that’s the important part that number means nothing as long as it’s whatever God told you to do that’s why when God says to give a tie to the storehouse to the church that’s what he’s asking you to do 10 percent so you do that because that’s what he asked. But whatever he asks you to give that’s what you’re supposed to give it supposed to me $0.50 thing give $0.50. Kids maybe it is $0.50 a month for you guys adults maybe it’s that the set them up for you guys too and that’s Ok whatever God says to give give it because he will balloon this thing out as far as he needs to to make it worth it don’t worry about the amount just worry about obey Ok and the last one is going to talk about going at a lot of people say that’s great but I don’t want to go to Iran. God knows that Ok he knows that you don’t want to go to these places maybe that you’re kind of worried about and maybe he has called you there and he’s prepping you for that but maybe he’s asking you to go somewhere else maybe he’s asking you to go to Washington d.c. they needed how about like Portland Oregon they needed how about the neighbor across the street they needed to think about this right is it possible seriously is it possible they got is so brilliant and so great in everything that he is that he knows what your assignment is he knows what your call is who you’re supposed to reach and he said I’m going to make sure that you buy the house right next door to all is it possible courses but we think that our mission should be going out to the far reaches of the earth and for some of us that’s what it is for some of us it’s literally walking across the street the whole point though is are we doing what God asked us to do and we won’t know that unless we ask him and let him respond so I want to give us that chance as a service but I want to make sure that we do this by actually praying the way it’s supposed to be done that I know that sounds weird Ok let me give you an example if I were supposed to be communicating with my wife and I walked over to her and said Hey honey I need to do this and this and this and this and this thanks by that I just communicate with my way you know and guess what everyone in this room knows I’m in trouble. But that’s not communication. The idea is hey I am can you do this no I can’t ever so stuff to do but I want you know can you do this year Ok and we have communication we actually talk back and forth I talk she talks I talk so that’s communication but if I can do that laundry list of things for her and then leave her to her and why do we do with God because we do hey God I want to do this and then do this and then heal this person and then do this and then I need some money because I need rent and then any those things Amen and you just stop and go and God’s in heaven going you wanted to talk to you I want to tell you about these things I want to tell you that you know that person you wanted to be healed I want you to go and lay hands on them and let them be healed bit but now I can’t talk to you because you’re too busy so today when we’re actually going to pray for these things I want to actually have the majority of the time of us praying just in silence listening to what he’s saying to us because that’s way more important than anything we could say to him so let’s actually have the opportunity to ask him 3 things ready Who do you want me to pray for what do you want me to give into who where do you want to go that’s it pray those 3 things and then be silent for like 30 seconds and let him answer and trust me he will he wants to tell you your call Way more than you want to hear your call and then I one other thing that I want you to do after all this is over before you walk out the doors please tell somebody what God told you not is a bad thing not as a talk to me not like that but as a a a level of accountability that is a bad thing but like hey God told me he wants me to go work at a homeless shelter and the next week that person you know if you remember last week you were going to go and volunteered on Michelle did you call them yet. Oh no I forgot I’m going through that tomorrow right it’s not a bad thing it’s just there’s nothing better for you to do with whatever God told you to do. So let’s make sure we have people helping us to do it Ok so who do we pray for what are you going to give it to who where do you want to go and let’s tell somebody were to write or to pray for 30 seconds. Thank you Jesus again. When we started praying about what God was asking us to do we knew it was kids’ ministry we knew it was church planting but we didn’t know why like Ok kids are important yes but then he started reminding us about why they are so important and why the Caribbean Sea when we were serving in we would see what was offered in our context in our area for kids there was no kids church or if there was it wasn’t readily available kids would have to sit silently in a church service with their families or risk being called out by the pastor that doesn’t show God’s love nor does it pique people want to grow up in the church we would also see other people other churches that didn’t have programs at all and the kids would be allowed in the building they’d be outside doing whatever they could to keep themselves entertain which sometimes was throwing bottles at each other playing soccer or whatever but there isn’t anything that teach them about Jesus so as we were praying about God What does this look like whizzer future look like with kids church planting was a this is why we’re going to lose an entire generation more than just one generation of children in the Caribbean because there’s nothing for them there is no one teaching them who God really is for so long the Caribbean has grown in legalism and religious legalism that’s what they were known. But God’s culture is to change flip it revival revive the meaning of relationship with Jesus that’s been our Paul there was a little boy he is not a little boy anymore like 15 or 16 His name’s Coco Ok Coco grew up in the church or went to the church that we. Were working with. And Coco kind of for me represents every child in the Caribbean Ok We’re going to be starting encourage Sao that’s were planted and then we’re going to going out from there but Coco kind of is he stuck in my head as the child that I want to reach see Coco grew up in an abusive home being told he is worthless and then by everybody else most adults or kids in the church would just laugh at him so he became the class clown because better to be laughed at for something funny than just because of who I am but there is something about Coco he wouldn’t look us in the eye there is no eye contact ever and there is just something about it the bug me I wanted to reach him I wanted him to know I saw him so there’s one day I’m praying I’m like God please help me to reach cocoa please is what will help get him to you and that day it was Sunday morning our church was at night so I was preparing for my lesson and he said I want you to get a lollipop which Candy does actually get attention get a lollipop get on Cocos level and tell him that I see him and I love him so late Ok I’ll go to shot so that night Coco was sitting in the back of the room and I got a lollipop out and I went over to him and I got on my knees and for the 1st time he actually looked at me I guess all I thought helped because it was like right here but I said I just want to know that God sees you and God loves you and we do too. From then on he would look at us he would talk to us there was reporter there are more Cocos all over the Caribbean but guys it’s not just Coco in the Caribbean there are people all over the us and some of you might be sitting here wondering oh I don’t know who I am maybe you grew up feeling worthless you grew up feeling you had no purpose God has a purpose for each and every one of you our call has been to crown the Caribbean children who are lost and their families your job here is to crown those that are lost and if there is anyone here who has ever felt worthless that you have no purpose I love to pray with you after church because each and every one of you each and every one of you here has a job for Christ you each get to perform something in the Great Commission no one’s left out and no job is less than the other so as we close I want you to feel encouraged you all have a job I always have this out because it’s just an important reminder for me that there are people waiting to hear about Christ their seats are waiting for them so that they can rule and reign with Christ you guys get to help do that too. So Laura we just come before you today and we just thank you so much for a new hope Assembly of God and everybody here we just pray for a continued revival in this church floor God and as they’re moving forward I just pray for each and every person or God that is here Lord Jesus hear your purpose and your heart beat for them Lord God What you have for them is so special each and every person has an unique an individual calling or God so I just pray that you would make that loud and clear to them today and Father God you love each and every person here I just thank you so much for Pastor Steve and his family I honor them Lord God and I just pray for a new breath of creativity and wisdom to just flow through them Lord Jesus and in their family or God And in this entire church that it would just be a light house for you lord God that this would be a place for people to come and get revival in their hearts or God Find out who they are Lord Jesus so we just thank you we thank you for everything you do you’re doing today in Jesus name Amen.
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