We all have a story to tell. Our daily experiences, whether dramatic or ordinary, can become illustrations of our ever-present God. Our lives are testimonies of His truth. Our individual stories help us grow and glorify Him.
For ten days in January, the stories of fifteen people from Grace Church near Erie, Pennsylvania, overlapped each other and many lives near Cap-Haitien, Haiti. We wrote another chapter in our partnership with Grace En Sion Church. Each of us experienced God differently as we joined His work in Haiti, but three common truths rose to the surface:
- We are all a part of a bigger story.
- We serve a God who sees us.
- We serve a God who frees us.
We are all a part of a bigger story. We learned from I Corinthians 12:20, how God unified an unlikely combination of personalities and experiences to perform construction and provide healthcare services. The group also ministered through Bible teaching, crafts, foot washing, and prayer walks. Our team came together amazingly well. The undeniable truth is that we were all integral parts of Christ from different cultures, yet shared the same hope in Jesus.
Preparations for a parenting seminar at Grace En Sion caused us to dig deep into the scriptures and each other’s stories. We expected 20 to 30 church members to attend, but more than 200 people showed up! As the team shared their personal experiences, church members revealed similar struggles and challenges. Many families were impacted by the move of God that day.
We serve a God who sees us. We became more aware of Luke 12: 6-7, because we serve a God who sees us. Holding children and praying with church members in their homes brought powerful times of ministry. It became clear that God knows who we are and what we need became clear when He spoke healing and light to a man’s heart during a time of prayer. None of us knew that he had a physical heart issue, but God saw and used us to speak into that specific concern.
We serve a God who frees us. We experienced from Isaiah 1:1b, that during a crowded church service, one of our team members shared his personal story of how God has literally freed him from captivity. As he described details of God’s deliverance from crime and certain death, the power and love of God were unquestionable. Pastor Migueloson Alcius summarized, “If we don’t have a testimony, we haven’t yet found our liberty.” We serve a God who physically, emotionally, and spiritually frees us. From this foundation, our stories unfold.
With our return from Haiti, we realize that everyone that was a part of this story learned more than we taught and received more than we gave. We challenge each other to keep glorifying the One who taught us by telling our stories. We challenge you to do the same.
What’s your story?