I want to show you a glimpse of the night through someone else's eyes who was there on Monday. Here is an email Jake typed up and wrote to my dad, so you can get an inside look--
So Monday night was awesome. First and foremost, Gods presence was in the room as Jackie did a phenomenal job of leading worship and just letting the Spirit move the group as needed. The selection of songs and just allowing people to share Scripture verses or things on their hearts really made it a very comfortable place to draw God near.
Couple of the highlights for me was when a young girl, maybe 10 or 11, spoke up to the whole group of about 25 people and talked about a cartoon that at the end of it, always talks about how each of us are special cause God made us that way. I was so impressed by this girl to be able to speak up and share her thoughts in front of mostly strangers. Talk about the Spirit producing courage. Awesome.
Another highlight that I didn't really find out about until afterward was that the owner of this place (Tom) and his brother (Michael) were in the room for most of the night, listening to Jackie and all of the people that decided to share. Now this place and they themselves are very new agey. This cafe has everything from oxygen bars, nights where they have wizardy, shamans, and exploring past lives. They are definitely searching for the one true God so for these guys, and even the Tom's wife for a few songs, to come in to a Christian worship setting was so encouraging. I even saw Tom singing to a few of the songs!!! Just shows you that when we say "yes" to God and follow his will, He moves people toward Him through us. I wish you could feel the encouragement in that room Ed. You leave feeling a little drained because you pour out so much to God, but so excited and passionate for what the Lord can do when people who love the Lord get together.
Jackie's gifts are given by God, but the fact remains that Jackie chooses to use them to glorify the One who gave them to her and I absolutely love getting to see that and be a part of that.
When we pray, God moves!! Thank you for praying along with us for this night!! We got invited to come back and lead some more worship nights like this, so more stories to come!