Coming into this year, I was certain the thing I was going to struggle with most was feeling like I wasn’t part of the team, because I’m mainly behind the soundboard instead of behind a microphone. Not that I need to be on stage, but I want to be part of the joy that comes from pouring out your heart through music, beside 7 other people, knowing that it’s a pleasing offering to the Lord.
But of course, as with most things, what I expected isn’t even close to what actually is. My desire to be part of the music (which I am able to do, just in different capacities than I’m used to) is so pale, and almost non-existent, compared to my excitement over what I’m actually doing. All I can think every time I stand behind the board is, “ I can’t believe this is my team!”. I’m humbled to think that I even know them; that I get to be part of their life for a whole year, doing this thing that we all love. In the past month, I have been nothing but impressed with them and honored to stand beside them in ministry.
I wish you could stand where I stand and see what I see, because it’s beautiful. This team blows my mind. I’m having trouble finding the words to express my joy right now. But I wish you could feel what I feel when I look up and see one of our guitarists in the back corner of the stage, singing at the top of his lungs, “Oh praise the One who paid my debt, who raised this life up from the dead”. Or when I see the shyest person on our team go and strike up a conversation with 3 teenagers after a concert. Or when a teammate leads us in a time of devotion that is exactly what we all need to hear. I wish you could join us when we drop the prayer bomb, (our newly penned term for everyone praying at once over one person) or even to just share a meal with us, because those are always full of entertainment. I wish you could feel the love these team members have for each other, and their genuine heart to know God more.
Bottom line, I’m overwhelmed with joy over this team and what the Lord has in store for us this year, and every day I’m humbled to be part of it.
Join with us as we continue to pray:
· For our contacts: that we would be a blessing to them and their ministry as they are to us.
· For CTI 14:21: That they would be safe in their travels, and see the Lord moving in and around them more every day.
· For our partners in Taiwan and Hong Kong: That the Lord would draw people to himself through the work they are doing, and that we (CTI) would be a vessel to under gird that in the coming month.
· For the Lord to be exalted and praised in all that we do or say.