I know I’ve said it before, but I don’t believe I can say it enough.
God is SO good to us!
There is a family in Countryside that is dear to our hearts. They were one of the first families we had the opportunity to meet and immediately formed a tight bond with the teenage boys in the family. Their mother then began to come visit, I ran some errands with her, went with her on a doctor’s visit so she could understand her medicine better, and she took a lot of time teaching us Spanish. They also have a grandmother and grandfather who lives at the house. Grant and the grandmother have an indescribable bond (despite the great language barrier) that brings tears to his eyes when he speaks of her.
Lately this family has been hit with many trials, the latest that the mother has been hospitalized for three weeks now. Because of privacy laws and legal mambo-jumbo and those pesky language barriers, there have been many unanswered questions from the family about her medical condition. This has caused great anxiety of the grandmother that is dear to Grant’s heart.
(I will pause to say that I love her dearly, too, but something in Grant’s heart is connected to her in a way I can’t explain.)
One day grandmaw was really battling the anxiety regarding her hospitalized daughter and asked Grant to get someone who could translate so they could really talk about it all. Grant contacted another Countryside neighbor, Bibiana, who has been so supportive and helpful in these situations (who also loves Jesus dearly) to come meet with us and grandmaw.
Sitting right here in our living room feelings were communicated and anxieties were banished in the name of Jesus. Bibiana led us in prayer at the end of the time and it was one of the most powerful prayers I have ever experienced. She cried out to our Savior in her beautiful language, and even though I couldn’t understand it all, I felt the presence of the Holy Spirit in a mighty way. Tears streamed down all our faces as we petitioned God for a healing of the daughter’s body and the mom’s heart.
Also at that meeting, grandmaw told us she had been meeting with a pastor for a while now who had been coming to her house every Saturday at 5pm–and it was not her Priest from the Catholic church. A red flag signaled in mine and Grant’s hearts because there is a strong body of Hispanic Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lancaster and we hoped they were not the ones in hot pursuit of this family. Grant committed to being there the next time the pastor came so he could make sure the family was receiving sound teaching from a Jesus-Christ believing church.
That meeting happened to be last night.
Grant came home in such an overflow of the Holy Spirit I could smell it on him. The pastor was, indeed, a Christian man. A God-fearing, Bible-believing, mission-minded man. He has had this family on his heart since he was contacted through a family friend to go pray for the hospitalized daughter.
He not only went to pray once at the hospital. He and a leader at the church go DAILY to pray over her at the hospital.
He not only visited grandmaw once and encouraged her. He was persistent and consistent in keeping his word to go back weekly and answer her questions about Jesus.
He not only answered her questions and loved the family. HE LED GRANDMAW AND GRANDPAW TO THE LORD LAST WEEKEND!
Hear me when I say this:
God honors obedience.
God honors persistence.
God honors consistency.
God honors love.
He not only was used by God to lead grandmaw and grandpaw to the Lord. HE WAS USED TO LEAD THE MOM TO THE LORD AT THE HOSPITAL TODAY!
AND, to top it all off, the pastor is super excited about our ministry here in Countryside and wants to team up with us. He came to our house today to talk more about how we can work together. He wants to reach these people for the Lord and is excited about it. This is our Hispanic church connection we have been missing. This is the arm of the church we need here to minister completely. This is God’s answer to our prayers.
Three Souls saved and a new ministry partner in one week
God is moving in this place. God is amazing us. God is transforming lives.
And we are thrilled to watch Him!