Testimonial : Ishinomaki Team#21
Testimonial shared by a leader of team#21 :
With the previous trips I joined, I noticed that most team members tend to be very light in the conversations with the survivors (especially if it is their first time to meet the individual) and even when there is an opportunity to share the Gospel, they seem to think that this is not the appropriate time and too early and aggressive to share immediately.
Considering that most team members are first time participants and since the areas and the people we minister to changes from time to time, this approach will never get us to our goal to clearly share the Gospel. Since I am the team lead this time, by God’s grace, I had the opportunity to move the team towards seeing & experiencing the importance of daily devotions, prayer & seizing the opportunity to share the Gospel and to not dwell too much on the results but to leave to the Holy Spirit the convicting part.
Praise God that the prompting to share through the energizing power of the Holy Spirit (while on the site during the massage) led our team members to boldly share the Gospel and saw how open and receptive the survivors are. Most of the survivors we ministered to heard the Gospel clearly and therefore had the seed planted. Praise God that one person at the Iinogawa Temporary housing made the decision to receive Jesus as her Lord and Savior. Asking God to just continue to water the seeds planted ready for harvest in His time.
The team was indeed a team pulled together by God Himself. Considering the team was only formed less than a week before the mission trip schedule, with very minimal time for preparation and communications within the team God led the whole team into a new spiritual height by experiencing the importance of prayer, great fellowship & ministering with fellow brethren and the opportunity to partner together in sharing the Good News to all we had in contact with.
It was such an awesome and great adventure filled with God’s amazing surprises and miracles as He worked through us, around us and in us. It was truly a blessing witnessing God’s Mighty hands at work; the heart to heart conversations we had with those we ministered with; the special strength and the spontaneous massage techniques we did (to their extreme delight and stress relieving session, as if we were really professional masseurs); each one of us taking part in His divine appointments with opportunites to clearly share the Gospel; the great and powerful prayer times we had surrendering Tohoku and Japan to Jesus and claiming the land for Christ; the great fellowship time and massage services each one of us received from each other (the whole team in 1 van is such a great thing!); how God used the Sunday worship service through the message, testimony and singing in ministering to those who attended, and personally witnessing the wonders of His convicting power in drawing people to His kingdom with the manifested salvation experience of the lady and some individuals who are very close to making decisions .
And above all – as we were there to minister and be a blessing to the survivors, we were in turn were the ones so much blessed.
Such a wonderful showcase of the principle
“Being blessed by being a blessing.”
Praise God for what He accomplished through Team 21 during such a short period. To Him belong all glory, honor and praise!