Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chronicle of our Trip to America~Part 2

When God called us to Kenya, we figured we would move there from Australia. We had no idea at the time that our Father had other plans that would bless our socks off. We received an e-mail about an International Gathering that our friend Jim Barbarossa had organized, and I didn't even consider it. Going to America was totally NOT on my radar. But Sean saw the e-mail and asked me if I had prayed about it. As I stood there with my mouth hanging open, our 7-year-old son piped up and said he wanted to go! I told him that He'd better pray about it in a bit of a sarcastic voice, but he went right upstairs to pray and came back down to report that the answer was "YES!"

I began to wonder if God was up to something, so I sat down to actually look at the information on the Gathering. The Holy Spirit touched me and I began to cry. Sean and I began praying and seeking God for confirmation. Sean felt that God was telling us to go, and that it would be for His glory. Well, that was enough for us. We changed our plans to conform to our Father's plans and waited on Him to make it happen. "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5

God had spoken to us and confirmed through others that He was going to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or thing. He certainly has so far and we believe He will continue. He provided exactly the amount of money that we needed to buy our tickets to America AND Kenya as we trusted and obeyed. There were tests and trials along the way. At one point we had enough money to get to America, but we had a bill that we knew we had to pay (incurred by dental expenses) that basically wiped us out again. We knew that we had to obey God and do the right thing, so we paid that bill. Then 2 days later, God opened up the windows of heaven and poured out a blessing. We rejoice over His faithfulness!

So the next stop in America was the International Gathering in Portage, Indiana. Lo and behold, two men from Kenya were there! It was such a blessing to see that Kenyan flag. We met so many brothers and sisters that totally embraced us and encouraged us that weekend. It was amazing. We gathered around Jim's huge "last supper" table and had real church. The gifts were flowing, God was speaking to us and through us. The whole weekend was an absolute balm to our souls.

Here is a picture of our son with his friend, the Shofar Man (Jim Barbarossa). God heard a young boy's prayer and made it happen!

We know that God gave us many divine connections at this gathering, and believe that we will be working with some of them in the future in Kenya. We look forward to working together in unity with our brothers and sisters according to God's pattern so we that we can see God glorified and His kingdom established!

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