What an absolutely glorious day! We went wild celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, we couldn’t help ourselves, we were just totally and completely excited that He is Risen! Then i preached on The case for the resurrection – the proof, the purpose and the power, we’ll be posting it online (in French folks). There were some deeply sober moments as we meditated on the goodness of God, the horror of the cross, the pain of propitiation; and some profound worship and most of all rapturous thanksgiving. In short, we had church.
And when all was done, and everyone was off home, I went off to lunch with my posse. These women are amazing, they are young, beautiful, talented, strong, smart , highly educated and totally sold out to God. They want to change the world. I challenge them to be strong in the Spirit and in the Word, to train their minds and use their intellect for the defence of the gospel, and for success in their professions; to never be fazed by temporary setbacks but to expect and work to reach the heights of God’s call and purpose for their lives.
In each I have seen the transforming power of the Holy Spirit, and I know there is much to come. They have seen the faithfulness of God, in good times and in tough times. These women pray, they preach, they sing, they are dependable and they passionately serve the cause of Christ. Indeed on an odd Saturday afternoon, walking the streets of Paris or riding the train you may happen upon one or all of them singing and preaching boldly. On one such occasion, after hearing Béa preach publicly, one woman got up and exclaimed ‘You people will change the world!’ I most heartily concur.
I guess one of the most beautiful things about them and about everyone else in Abba House is that they get on well, they love each other, love the ministry, love being together and it’s fun hanging out with them. We really do laugh an awful lot. It is a joy (most of the time, (they’ll get me for this)) to mentor them. They are a gift of God.