A Life Transformed
A Life Transformed
Christopher stared at the door as we tried to have a conversation with him. The week before our team fixed his roof, so my small house team went to check up on him. I asked him how the roof was working out and he misunderstood me and said that it wasn't going well. He shared that he felt darkness all around him that made him do things he didn't want to do. He was clearly feeling shameful, hopeless and discouraged. We were trying to encourage him and tell him that Jesus still wants him but to no avail. He was gripped with the lie that he could not move forward. One of my students got a picture of him surrounded by darkness and Jesus was on the outside reaching for Christopher but he just couldn't see it because the darkness was clouding his vision. It finally came out that he was feeling bad about doing drugs over the weekend. We told him how Jesus died on the cross to not only forgive him of his sin but the shame and the guilt of it too. It was a battle in the spiritual realm for his man. Another girl and I were praying a lot during the conversation because we could feel the battle. We shared that if he just would repent to God that He would wipe away his sin and guilt and he could be free. Finally he got it and closed his eyes and I watched his lips move as he confessed his sin to God and then everything changed! The whole atmosphere of the room became light and he looked at us and smiled! The sin, shame and guilt was wiped away and he knew it! The transformation was truly spectacular to be part of!
We started our summer off with a week of "Mini DTS", a sampling of what it would be like to do a DTS with YWAM crammed into a week. Right after that we had two weeks of inner-city outreach here in Louisville KY where we shared Jesus in the parks through VBS, cookouts and placing Bibles in homes.
After the teams left Louisville in early summer, we packed our bags and boarded a plane for Germany. They have had spiritual giants, from Luther to the Moravians, Gutenberg and more recently Bonhoeffer, but now it is very much a post-christian nation. While we were there we helped run English camps, teaching German youth not only practical things, but also sharing with them how they could know the one true God.
Josh, early on in the second camp, set out to show himself disinterested in religion, and professed belief in evolution. However, after several days of talks, and attending my teammate Elijah's afternoon seminar on Creation vs. Evolution, Josh gave his heart to the Lord. This is just a sample of the many stories that we have from this summer. After several long weeks of camps, we took three days to see Berlin.
Thank you so much for all your prayers and support that have enabled us to minister this summer in Germany. We know that God moved in incredible ways and many lives will never be the same because of this summer. We also know that we would not have been able to do it with out your prayers and support. Thanks so much,
Amos and Amy
Going door to door in a poor area of Louisville, we would ask people, "do you have a Bible in your home?" We believe so much in the power of God's word to transform peoples lives that we have made one of our goals as YWAM Louisville is to see a Bible in every home. Now going door to door in this kind of neighborhood you get all kinds of responses, from comical to extreme gratitude. One particular door I (Amos) knocked on was answered with a gruff "Hello, who is it?" Of course the answer to that question is "Its Amos". Now when you answer like that, it instantly and predictably produces a measure of curiosity. So myself and the two students from Dayton awarded the full attention of the resident who called himself Jaba. He was a Jehovah's Witness, and after a brief conversation, he consented to allowing us to pray for him. Additionally, after praying for him, he allowed me to share the plan of salvation with him, and he took a Bible and promised to start reading it that night!
At the end of a long week of working hard to pull off our short term outreach, the team that came had a time of awarding each other, including us, paper plate awards for some great thing they saw that week in that person! At the end of the time, the leaders came to us and one said, "We didn't get to see the Jefferson Memorial or the Statue of Liberty, but we got to see the King of Kings in your lives." Wow, what a compliment, but really, what a testimony to how great God is and what He can do through us. They also said that out of the 9 trips they had been on, this was the best one they had done.
Amos & Amy Ford
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