After the worshipful song service, we had a real treat. The pastor introduced a member of his church who is of gypsy origin. He shared that this man has played his guitar all over the world, even before royalty in England. Well, all we can say is, WOW, can this guy play Spanish guitar! He was strumming a melody while picking notes out, while drumming on the side of his guitar with his hand - all at the same time. He was singing a song from Psalms, lifting up the Lord. What a talented individual, using His gift to glorify God. Please pray at home everyone, because Pastor Rubiales wants to bring him to our conference! :)
I ministered on “The Word of God”, using John 1:1-3. I talked about how our entire life has been destined by the Word of God, and if we walk with God and stay filled with the Holy Spirit, everything in His plan will come to pass. There is nothing that God will withhold from us if we walk according to His Word. The church responded tremendously to the Word of God!
When I gave the call for salvation, two souls answered, and I had Pastor and an elder pray with them. I gave another call to anyone who wanted to walk with God according to His Word, and 20-30 people came. Glory to God!
One young man came with his wife, and through the interpreter, he told me that he had gotten away from God, and he wanted to renew his life. We prayed for him and God began to restore him, he began repenting and crying, and his wife was crying and praising God. I asked him how he felt & he said "I got Jesus back in my life!" I asked him about their work, and found out that she is a doctor, and he is an architect, but he is unemployed at this time. We joined hands and prayed together that God would bless him with a job. We know God is going to move on this because of this young man’s decision to walk with God again!
Meanwhile, elders were praying for others, and the Pastor brought several people to us for prayer for special needs. At this time I sat at the altar, praying for their needs. I felt as Jesus must have felt when they brought people to Him for pray; how humbling and truly blessed I felt. I know God surely met many needs.
This whole week we felt that we were walking in the footsteps of Jesus. I often thought of the great apostle Paul’s desire to come here to minister, and now I know why he had a burden. These people are so sincere to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Rubiales was so grateful for our visit, and will continue to keep in touch with us.
He personally drove us to the airport the next day so he could talk some more with us. We had a chance to chat more about the gypsy church, so we would have a greater understanding about them. He explained about why they worship the way they do, why the men and women sit separately. It is due solely to the customs of their gypsy heritage. He said that the pastor of that church really has a heart for God and apologized that we did not have more time, and that he appreciated the message that was brought. It was hard to say goodbye to Pastor Rubiales and Pastor Ros, who also drove the Robles family. We know that our hearts will be together in prayer and in the work of God no matter how many miles separate us.
Matt and I would like to once again, with a grateful heart like thank our pastor, Pastor Kalinsky, and our church in Manchester and all the other prayer warriors who have read this blog. Your prayers and giving made a difference in the Oviedo area. Please continue to pray for this pastor and these great people that God will continue to move and use them to win the lost!
God Bless you with heart-felt thanks,