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Amazements and Learnings Part 4: Rachel, guest blogger!

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Amazements and Learnings Part 3:

A Testimonial of Personal Witness from Rachel

Rachel is a Christ-follower who is part of our church plant in Milwaukee, Church on the Porch.  That’s her on the right in the photo above. She has done quite a bit of street ministry here in Milwaukee, but our recent trip to Dallas was her first mission planting experience of this type. Rachel is a person of courage and integrity and infectious faith.  Here’s her take on God’s amazing presence on the trip:

Our trip to Dallas, Texas, was an eye-opening experience for me. It was an opportunity to see how the Lord moves and works through the Holy Spirit, and a reminder that the Lord goes before us in all that we do. It was also a time to reflect on Who Christ is and what He came to do.

Isaiah 61 was very much on my heart throughout the entire trip. It is such a vivid depiction of what the Lord is doing. It says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound… to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit.”

This is what the Lord came to do! He came to bring GOOD News and He came to save those held captive, those mourning, and those of a faint spirit. All of us are broken in some way and are in need of freedom from the only One who can give it. On this trip, I experienced and saw the Lord free people from a multitude of prisons. People were freed from the boxes that they had made of who God is and what He can do. People were freed from the walls they had built around them to protect themselves. People were freed from addictions, from fear, from hopelessness, and from uncertainty in their own purpose and identity. In that freedom, it was amazing to see in the eyes of another person what hope looks like. It was humbling and moving to see Christ in the faces of broken people. I believe that sometimes it is in our weakness that the Lord is seen most clearly.

The Lord is also a God of details. He has every detail of our story planned out and we can be assured that He goes before us and prepares the way! It was incredible to see how the Lord took a bunch of broken people form Wisconsin, a group of sequestered Korean seminary students, an immigrant from Ghana, and a group of homeless people in Texas and used them to bring heaven to earth. He used them to start a movement of hope, of freedom, and of identity. With every step, every detail was planned and every need was provided for. God can do anything and He can change anything in a moment, using anyone!

There were so many more things that I took away from this trip, but perhaps one of the most impactful was how my perspective of church completely changed. Church is a body of people gathered by the Holy Spirit to listen to the Head who is Christ and to minister to the broken and the lost. Church isn’t a building. It is not a Sunday-only community. Church isn’t a place for believers. Church is a moving body.  Church is living life together. That kind of Church makes disciples. We are each  called to be disciples. But a disciple who doesn’t make disciples isn’t a disciple. We are each called out of our place of darkness so that the Lord can send us back in and reach the people who are in the same spot we once were lost in. We are disciples making disciples, making disciples. The object becomes the subject. In essence, what I learned and what I experienced is that Church is missional.