Our thoughts led us to invite the children's homes whose ministries are similar to ours: rescuing and redeeming the children whom world has deemed unredeemable. It seemed like a perfect plan.
As the day drew nearer, we began to experience difficulties.
Like home after home contacting to say that they could not come for some reason or another.
|Our balloon man angel|
And then on THE day, our designated keyboard player did not show up. We had been fasting and praying for this event but now we had to pause everything and cry out to God more intensely. It was Janny, one of our teachers, who had the idea first. She had been chatting with the young man who came to help us with the balloon towers. He was a pastor's son and just "happened" to be a worship leader in his church. And guess what instrument he played? Yep, he was a keyboard player. This balloon man turned out to be a major gift from God. Not only was he willing to stay and play but he also was the only one who was tall enough to hang the map of the world that we had meticulously painted for the event.
|going out to the highways and byways|
|Janny and our children|
|a ribbon with Arise 2012 stamped on it was our version of the Arise tee-shirt|
|Listening to God|
|God showed Susana that she would be used as a Psalmist in the future|
At the very end we all spent time asking Jesus to speak to our hearts. The children wrote down or drew pictures of what they sensed God had spoken. One little boy whom Marlyn had scooped up off the streets came running forward. As I asked him what he had heard from the Lord, he announced boldly that God had showed him that He loved him! Another young boy had drawn a cross with a man kneeling before it. He explained that God had shown him that he would be used to bring many to the cross of Christ!