In the last several weeks, we’ve putting feet to our faith through various activities and outreaches. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve been doing:
-Orphan Justice Center (OJC): We went with OJC to a local children’s center and hospital to minister to (mostly) foster children with emotional or behavioral issues. We played games and just had some fun, which is a nice break from the kids’ very structured schedule.
-Hope City: My team went to IHOP’s prayer room in the inner city. There were many broken people with addictions in recovery. I was blessed by individuals’ open, real, and joyful hearts to the Lord in the midst of their difficult circumstances. There was no pretense in their attitude. We participated in their service and helped serve dinner.
-Evangelism: I participated in an evangelism outreach and had the delight and honor of leading a young girl named Brittney to the Lord!
-Prophecy and Healing Rooms: IHOP has ‘prophecy rooms’ and ‘healing rooms’ where people can receive ministry, and as interns, we have the privilege of receiving training and practice to facilitate these two ministries. Believers can still hear God’s voice today and perform miracles through Christ’s power. Prophecy involves hearing God’s thoughts and heart toward others and is meant to encourage, exhort, and comfort (1Corinthians 14:3). In 1 Corinthians 14:1, Paul says to eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially prophecy. We have begun to practice prophesying over each other, and it has been amazing and encouraging to hear God’s voice for others. Matthew 10:8 also instructs us to “heal the sick.” It has been challenging for me to step out in this area, but my heart is stirred to do this very thing because Jesus himself says in John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these.”
In the midst of all these great experiences, walking out the 2nd commandment to love others, God continually reminds me in my times at the prayer room to keep my focus on the 1st commandment, to love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. I long to always go to the Lord for my worth and value and not to my success or effectiveness in ministry. A wise man once said: “I am loved by God, and I am lover of God. Therefore, I am a success.”