How He loves us

 

It’s a Friday night and I am in awe of God. Every Friday night we gather in our Arise Chapel and we just worship and pray to God. It is nothing extravagant, it is simple. Yet it is the most powerful thing we as Christians can do. Watching the children pray has inspired me, I surely didn’t pray as powerfully as they are learning to pray and it is only our first month since we have opened.

Tonight as the worship music played, the lights were shut off, we find time to walk in circles on the inside of our church and just mediate on the lyrics of the songs. We are able to have our quiet time and just be still before the Lord. However that looks like for the kids, whether it is singing with your hands in the air, laying on the floor, bowing on your knees, or just walking hand in hand around our church.

I look down at some of the children holding me tight around my waist, then I feelย a warm grip around my shoulder, and my hands are being spilt between multiple children as we walk around the church. We walk silently some of us singing, some of us praying, around this space we call home to the most high God. As we complete each lap around the church I feel God pulling me to lay hands on certain children, He gives me words to speak to them, and I go as He directs. Tonight was a powerful prayer night, the children laid hands upon me, and prayed for me, I watched them and saw powerful leaders, future pastors, scholars and athletes, I spoke to some and told them that they will return when they grow up and they will have the chance to tell the new children that they were the first 22 that arrived, and that this was the exact place where they met God. This is the exact place where their lives were forever changed.

It is so hard to fully describe what these Friday nights mean to me, or how powerfully God is moving among these children. The holy spirit is so much upon them. The change in this one month has been incredible so much so that thinking back to the dedication you’d think they were different children. As I laid hands upon each child, having the chance to look them in the eye and tell them that I had been praying for them since I was 9, now at 22 I am with these children.

I am in the perfect will of God, the perfect call for my life, and I am so humbled to see how God has not only answered my prayers, but given me much more than I could ever have imagined for these children. Wrapped up in each others arms, praying listening to the music and walking around I know that these kids have easily become a part of me, as I have with them. They are so deeply instilled into the deepest part of my heart, even before I knew their names, even before Project Nyame Nsa became, God had given me such a love for them and now knowing them leaves me speechless.I I know I say this all the time but not even words could bring justice to my love for these children. They have each a big and different place in my heart, as I could understand how parents have such different loves for their children. These kids mean the world to me and they mean even more so to God, so much so that he called their names upon the millions of children in Ghana and brought them to this place at this time for a mighty reason. Nights like tonight remind me of God’s love, how much he loves us. This was something he put on my heart for most of our kids here, that they would know how worthy they are of His perfect love. Not only experiencing but being in God’s presence tonight was the highlight of my week, as these Friday nights always are.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

More than a month in…

 

These past two weeks have been hard. Everyday has brought up different challenges and situationsย that only require wisdom and discernment from God. But I woke up this morning feeling encouraged and some of the kids and are sitting with me now reading my bible, drinking my coffee, and just being here for me, the way I am also here for them.These are my favourite mornings, this is what makes even the harder times worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

I have been praying a lot and God has given me peace about different things to confirm that “this is the way walk in it.” Yesterday one of our kids, one whom I am especially close with was upset by some other children and it seemed to hit a trigger. I will never know what exactly has happened, but that is okay because his heavenly father does. He was screaming on the floor sobbing, it was painful to look at. I instantly wanted to help, he doesn’t speak much english and I wasn’t sure how he would react to me. So I did all I knew how to do. Love him. I sat down next to him, pulled him on my lap and just loved him. His pain became my own, and as he cried I cried with him. It is amazing how human emotions can touch each other, and how someone’s pain can become your own when they are close to your heart. Eventually his tears stopped, and so did mine and we got up and went about our days.

The way I looked at this child is the same way God looks at us. He wants to love us, he wants to intercede and comfort us, but he can when we allow him to. Everyday I learn more than I thought I can. It is amazing how different this kind of learning is than what I have been used to doing in school. With more than a month in I am feeling encouraged, and feeling hopeful.

“But you, Lord are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15