It is sooooooooo precious!!!
yet led gently
Everybody feeling free to participate - or not -
a feeling of freedom
and at the same time order and respect
No show put on for a
Just simple, sincere, deep, yet childlike faith and love expressed to God!
I have a hunch it is the highlight of their days!
It's the school holidays so they are all home (the younger ones at least)
There's no distractions, no toys, no computer, no sports activities or other things they leave the house for - (there IS a TV, but it's not on much)
I also KNOW (cuz the parents told me) that drawing near to God as a family - daily - is the ONLY WAY to do this kind of life - and THRIVE!!!
As JESUS becomes REAL to the children, they find healing and restoration!
HIS love, acceptance and comfort heals the broken-hearted and restores the wounded spirit!
There is an incredible RICHNESS in these children and this family that I have never seen anywhere before!
They have so much pain, loss, trauma and grief in their lives - they should be really messed up.
And YET - they are so free, loving, happy,
getting along with each other so well and caring for each other - 'course still children that sometimes squabble (though rarely)
And can you imagine a house full of teenagers?
Besides the 10+ that haven't reached that glorious age yet...
I have pretty much only heard peaceful or happy noises.
Everybody plays their part, has their job and quietly does it.
It was a PLEASURE and HUGE HONOUR and PRIVILEGE to spend these few days here!
I am MAJORLY INSPIRED - but gotta go to bed now.
Had excellent meetings with the leadership of OKM - some exciting plans in the making - inspired by GOD! WOW!!!
Rich and the kids should be landing in NZ in a few minutes - whoop whoop!
Tomorrow, I'm off to the YWAM base for further ministry/planning...
Speaking to a group of HIV+ widows tomorrow ~ ~ ~ doing some visits as well...
AND - I'm sorry, but I just COULDN'T make myself take photos of the children worshipping and praying (though I quietly filmed their worship - just didn't want the flash to disturb their intimate time with God)