Sunday, November 15, 2009

Asian Believers...Filled with God's Holy Fire


Have you ever really considered the meaning of that word?

About six months ago I heard a preacher (Chuck Swindoll, I think)
say that the only time we should use the word
is when we are referring to God.

It really struck me and I've tried to reserve my use
of the word for Him only, ever since.

today we had an awesome experience.
Meaning, it was clearly orchestrated by the Lord,
and for His glory.

Macy and I visited the Chinese church again and
it was AMAZING.
We went to the youth class like we did last time
but towards the end,
the entire class went to watch a baptism in the main service.

Keep in mind that this church is held in a school and since
the Bible instructs believers to fully submerge
those being baptized,
they had to use a big tank that they filled with water
(they kept it warm as much as they could).

The young married couple being baptized, who only recently
came to know Jesus as their Savior,
gave their testimonies first.
Oh my gosh, was SO MOVING.

I should tell you that it was all in Chinese and it
did my heart good to know that Macy
appeared to be taking in every word.

Also, a young college girl pulled a chair up beside me
and told me she would gladly translate
everything into English for me.
Seriously, can this get any better?
Wow, what a blessing to know that not only was
my sweet Chinese daughter understanding
what was being said,
but I got to understand it as well.

After the baptism we sang,
"I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"
in Chinese.
It was absolutely beautiful.

After the service,
my translator, Joyce, told me that she
is currently working on her master's degree in social work
with her focus being on adoption.
She was so thrilled (as was I) for us to meet.
We exchanged email addresses and will definitely
be in contact as she wants to
get to know our family more.

I'm so super excited.

And I'm so tickled to serve such an

Awesome God.

Oh, and not that it matters, but to top it all off,
despite the rain today,
my hair looked unusually fabulous.
I'm just sayin.


Adeye said...

Oh my goodness, I have chills all over. What an incredible GOD MOMENT!!! Unbelievable. And yes--just AWESOME!!!!!

How precious that you get to build relationship with a sweet Chinese girl--and so does Macy. Yep--nothing like God putting you in the right place at the right time :)

Karin said...

OK--that made me laugh out loud (the hair part, that is)!

That is AWESOME that God put the translator there for you--and that she wants to get to know you better. I have been praying for Macy to come to know Jesus and I just CAN'T WAIT until she does!! :)

Sally- That Girl! said...

what an awesome day!!!! For sure a God thing!!

Susan said...

Have you heard about President Obama's refusal to address the Human rights and religious persecution in China?
As he embarks on his visit to China, he will become the first President to refuse to address this. Normally, China would ease restrictions a bit prior to a U.S. President's visit, and release a prisoner held for religious reasons etc.. but this time China is becoming more aggressive in their prosecutions due to Obamas indifference.

Obviously there is a tremendous concern in general for Christians in China and I am once again beyond disturbed about our President's actions (or lack thereof in this case). Outraged would be more accurate.

christy rose said...

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Eunice T. said...

You got me thinking about the use of the word "awesome" now. I will be thinking of the Lord everytime i hear this word!

I also hope that the Lord will one day touch Macy's heart and she will also receive Him with open arms. :)

Chad and Kristy said...

Sitting here with tears running down my face at work. Lori I adore you so much and thank the Lord for putting such a wonderful mentor in my life. I just don't think you know how much you help me. Thanks.

Chris said...

Did you just listen to the "Newsboy's" song "He Reigns" ?
So neat to see God orchestrating those "accidental" meetings.

quilt-n-mama said...

Sounds like you had an amazing and awesome morning! Hope we catch up with you another time!

Patty said...

AWESOME indeed!!!! So so great! I pray that both our girls will know the ONE who created them. I know He has great plans for our girls. Our God is an awesome God for sure!

Anonymous said...

Definately AWESOME GOD at work!
So cool that Macy has this opportunity!

Jean said...

That is so cool!! What a wonderful morning with your daughter, the congregation and our awesome God!!

I love hearing how our Lord is working in our lives! He connects us with those we are supposed to meet! Thanks for sharing your morning with us!!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

What an amazing story. you are so blessed to have this church for your daughter to attend in the language she has always know.

Holly said...

Wow, that IS absolutely AWESOME!! And it's so good to read something from you, sweet bloggy friend. I miss your daily posts. ;) God is soooo awesome. It's amazing.

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