We had a Christmas party at Dan Lundsford's house on December 10th. The atmosphere was thick with joy and camaraderie as we gathered to celebrate what the Lord has done this year with the choir, and at the Plus for the Christmas concert the night before. Gloria Godchaux, our board president, called everyone to the Kitchen. She was about to give me one of the best gifts - hearing what the Lord has done in people through the Choir. As we pop-corned through the circle, we heard many touching testimonies, and would pause to pray for individuals, and to affirm others. One of the veterans went around the room hugging each person and sharing whatever words the Holy Spirit gave her for building each person up. I know there is power in the Spirit of God, and that when we set to knowing the Lord more in community through praise, thanksgiving, and other prayer- the Lord does mighty things - but when I heard the practical truth of the matter I was very touched and humbled. Stories of the transformative power of God's love, stories of deliverance, of victory in daily living, of redemption, restoration and healing. One young gal shared "When I came to rehearsal, I knew you guys were loving me for who I was and that I didn't have to wear a mask like I do for all of my "friends." Another gal shared with me how her daughter was able to see her experience true, sober joy at the Christmas concert at the Plus- a testament to the work of Jesus. We noticed that there were many things that we didn't pray for, but that God just did. In all, there is a not a doubt that as we "CollECtively proclaim Jesus through exuberant praise," the inner transformation for individuals is immense, and this bonafide-ly bubbles out when we proclaim Jesus together in public.
-Pray as we take a break for 2 Mondays that the choir members would keep their fervency in praise and thanksgiving to God!
-Pray that the Lord would build new, transformative bridges as we invite Eau Claire to join the choir for the MLK day commemoration on January 21st. Pray that the Lord would use the Choir as a tool of reconciliation and trust building in our community among those who feel like outsiders, and between people of different appearances.
-Let us thank God for all of the provision, partnership and help He has provided this year - and for the provision, partnership and help He will provide for this ministry in 2019!
grace and peace,
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