>The Amazing Work of God

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Church Planting at Sojourn

>We have a very good day of ministry yesterday at the Mall.  The really good part was the interesting way in which God was working on those of us serving.  First, in my early morning study time/planning time God impressed on me to 1) give the summer missionaries a new focus and 2) analyze the work from the month of June.  When I arrived at Sojourn the summer missionaries were having a little private prayer time, individually in the room.  I was meeting with our music minister and told them to meet me in the food court when they were finished.  As I was heading to the food court God impressed upon me to ask them what He had told them.
When they arrived at our table at the food court I asked, “What did God tell you in your prayer time?”  They each had a different focus but they common trend was they were frustrated and losing the vision since it seemed they were not having any success or seeing any progress.  (Keep in mind this is a difficult ministry that in no way resembles their previous experience).  Amazing!  This totally fit with the two ideas God gave me that morning which I promptly shared with them.  First, since they are females and most of the mall employees are female, it would work well to have them focus and connect with the mall employees.  There were to divide the stores, then begin ministering to the people in the stores.  (Previously we were working Ice Cream and Answers and connecting with people through it, a good ministry for me but not easy for others).  They seemed to encouraged by the idea that they would have their own “territory” and specific people assigned to them.  This would give them 14 stores and approximately 40 people each.  Second, we would analyze our note book or connections through June and get a good picture of what God has been doing.

Then God gave me another challenge; have them pray and walk around the mall and He would tell them which stores were “theirs.”  So we made a list of all the stores, gave three of the four a copy (number four was working another project) and sent the girls out.  Now, this is a difficult task, they would have to discern the will of God without imposing their own desires (some like to shop and have favorite stores).  I don’t know what the statistics should be on this.  Theoretically they would all have different stores with no duplicates, this would assume that they all heard the will of God perfectly.  Two of the girls had six stores in common and one girl had three stores in common with the other two.  All three girls had three stores in common.  I didn’t think that was too bad for hearing the will of God on this project.  We were pretty excited about the results.  Interestingly, the girl who did not go out, who was getting the “left overs,” got six stores in which she had already developed relationships with the people.  This was a good sign that the girls had listened to the will of God.  We were quite excited.

We then analyzed out notes from the month.  This is always a good idea to get a clear indicator of your actual progress rather than your perception of the progress.  I did not record my regular contacts with people, this was their contacts and a few of my new contacts.  In all, we ministered to 40 different people (some multiple times) and had 15 substantial spiritual conversations with them.  That is not bad.

Bottom Line was that God really excited the summer missionaries, fired up our vision and gave us a great new purpose.  Today we begin our personal store to store ministry.  Amazing!

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