The preaching list... Definition: “A sequenced list with names of the Hidden World 2014 team predicting when one would prepare and present a message to a church, school, assembly or gathering.” A.K.A – THE LIST! I knew my time of preaching will soon be here. And I looked forward to it! The previous time when it was almost my turn, the Lord threw a surprise at my front door. In Guyana, which already feels like it was ages ago, our team split into our small teams to visit two different churches on one sunny Sunday morning. Tiaan gave us the names of the pastor and church that we will be attending. He told us that they don´t expect us to preach, we will only visit them. The morning before we went to church, I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful and powerful Demarara river just down the road from the church, with tea and condensed milk for some quiet time with God. For some reason, I went through the theme and some ideas of my preach that I prepared while we had training in South Africa. Now I know it wasn´t by accident, but by the guidance of the Holy Spirit! We left with someone from the church that came to pick us up. When we arrived at the church, the name of the church nor the name of the pastor was anything like what Tiaan told me... We must have switched churches with the other team. By chance? I din´t think so...! The worship started and they worshiped like only the Guyanese can worship! After about an hour the pastor took the microphone. She welcomed us warmly: ¨Welcome to the visitors from South Africa! In a moment they will minister to us!¨ WHAT?? Yes, the Lord has prepared me for this moment in some way. And there I stood, ready to preach the Gospel. With Spirit given peace and excitement I could stand there and enjoy every moment of bringing the great news of the Gospel to the people of the Grapevine Full Gospel church!
Everything that the Holy Spirit taught me just during our first week in São Paulo, Brazil, can be condensed into that one sentence: God doesn't need Google Translate. He really doesn't!
It's funny how, just a year ago, I was watching a documentary about the Amazon on the television. Halfway through the program, I changed the channel, thinking: "Why should I watch a program about a place that I'll never visit?" It's funny how The Lord works, isn't it?