Courage to say YES!

Courage to Say Yes

By Kelly McLaughlin

In only a few days God moved with the Holy Spirit through our Mexico missions ministry team  in such a powerful way. I honestly don’t even know where to begin because there were so many miracles in such a short period of time. The common thread I believe is the power of the Holy Spirit and the courage to say YES. 

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 Our group very quickly bonded on day one in Lauren’s garage as we set out on an adventure of a lifetime. Although we didn’t know each other after a few days we were filled with the spirit, in love with each other as Christian brothers and sisters and ready to serve the orphanage of Rancho de sus  ninos  Mexico.  This kind of miracle only happens when you open yourself up and say YES to God. You know what he’s asking you to do and you step out boldly and say yes! I will go, I will go to Mexico and I will be open to whatever you want to show me!! I will gladly serve the families and Orphans of Mexico! I will be your hands and feet and I will love anybody you put in front of me! 
It’s so hard to pull out one story from the trip. I’m happy to share with any of you over lunch or coffee but I’d like to say my favorite part was when we worshipped because it was bilingual! The songs we commonly singing in worship were translated into Spanish and  seeing over 450 people worshipping God was overwhelming. They were not  just singing!!  People were dancing, jumping, crying, voices lifted, hands raised and you could feel the love and praise in the room!!This happened at the Orphanage and also at Bethel Las Playas in Tijuana Mexico. This kind of experience really made me see how much joy we can have if we just let go and love God with all our hearts. If we can just be vulnerable, authentic and loving. I know the Holy Spirit provided joy that I have never seen before. 
The Lifestreams ministry group was blessed beyond measure!!  You didn’t have to look far to find God‘s hand everywhere with safe travels, midnight tacos, incredible relationships, beautiful worship, and Holy Spirit encounters. 
I encourage you to look at yourself and find ways to say YES!!!  If not you then who!? Get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the ride because Jesus is waiting!!