Slowly they shared painful experiences and connected with His word
I just finished an incredible session with the Team members. Words will not fully describe what I heard and saw. Each of them shared a painful experience from their life. One could not forgive her grandmother for killing her grandfather with a knife. She loved them both, but they got drunk and a disagreement escalated into a fight. I have never spoken to her about it and I don’t know what to say to her.Another broke out into tears as she shared about her father leaving when she was six years old. Then her mother came down with multiple sclerosis and is having trouble taking care of herself. The pain melted as she sobbed in her hands. It is so hard to watch my mother.
A third person broke into tears and shared that she has never met her father. Her father wanted her mother to have an abortion but she didn’t. He will have nothing to do with her. I just hate him! I know I shouldn’t but I do.
One guy shared about his mom coming down with HIV. His struggle was watching her illness until she was stabbed by a family auntie. He attempted to help stop the bleeding while she died in front of him. He is now HIV positive from that experience. Now I know God allowed this so I can minister to young people this year.
The stories would take your breath away as over twenty young missionaries shared different pains from their life. These personal pains are common to all of us. Our story may be different but our pain is ever so real.
They finally prayed and embraced one another in love and the room broke out into praise for Jesus. Seldom does a song sound so loud and meaningful. Seldom do tears come as easily. Then you realize that the Holy Spirit is touching each heart, mind and soul. It is a moment of connection that every believer desires and seldom gets.
Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.