Rama Cay, Nicaragua
Back in June a small team of Kingdom people set journey to Nicaragua. It was quite the journey with the main purpose to serve leaders at a summit in Matagalpa. I had heard of a small island of indigenous people off of the Caribbean coast so I tagged a visit to to the end of the trip to see what God was doing there. A boat ride through the water and suddenly we found ourself walking up the stairs to meet the pastor of the island . If you know me, you know how much I love God's presence and how blessed I have been to know that Presence intimately and directly. So it was very odd to find myself in the midst of this island beauty yet I couldn't feel God at all. We stand amidst the tribe and church people in an old Moravian founded church building. One of the team members was preaching the Good News only the concept of the goodness of God was too profound or too good so the translator interpreted the opposite... judgement. It was a strange moment watching words seeming fall to the ground and feel an atmosphere of oppression like I had never known before. Things made a little more sense when a leader came to me and began to expose the sins of the congregation and tell me not to associate with then...my heart broke...We kept pressing in and when ministry time began we labored with little fruit.. I decided to grab these 6 youth and go for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.. I led then to invite Him in and although I still couldn't feel the Presence the guys said they began to feel funny! It was Him they began to feel Him! The schedule tight as it was, we loaded the boat after only 2 hours on the Island. I went to the back of the boat, put my head phones in and Jason Upton's song, "The World is Wide Open" became alive and deep within my Spirit and I heard God say, "this Island is the whole reason I brought you on this trip".
Jump ahead March and I am on my way back to the island with a radical team of lovers! Back to RamaCay... what will happen, will we break through...? What is God doing?
The things that happened next melted my heart and I have a deeper understanding than ever before about what transformation in the nations can look like. The Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation were key on this journey as we had a nightly bible study on the rocks overlooking the ocean. It wasn't for the masses, only 2 came, both sons of the pastor, but I believe these are the men of peace. Simple concepts shared on the goodness of God and being in a dispensation of Grace where the kindness of God leads to repentance. I could see the lights turn on and by the end of the first night the two sons couldn't stop saying, "He's so good!" The third day into the trip one of the sons stops me on the docks and told me God had visited him in dreams and that he has a new vision for his life, he then tells me I'm his new boss, teach me! Amazing how we make our plans but at the end of the day it's Holy Spirit at work.. teaching, guiding, revealing, loving, always loving!
7 “Before she goes into labor,
she gives birth;
before the pains come upon her,
she delivers a son.
8 Who has ever heard of such things?
Who has ever seen things like this?
Can a country be born in a day
or a nation be brought forth in a moment?
9 Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the Lord.
There is so much more to share but at the end of the trip I realize it's really only the beginning... I'm reminded of an encounter I had when we were worshipping in my garage a few weeks before the trip singing, "I give it all to you Jesus" and how hard it hit me that I couldn't give it all to Him. He gave it all to ME! All His glory, all His Spirit.. in the encounter I saw the woman of the red light district holding back tears because they weren't allowed to cry because they are slaves, I've seen injustices first hand and I was suddenly gripped with the revelation that I can't give it all to Jesus, I must have ownership, I must feel with Him and I must GO! A life verse for me Isaiah 66:12- You shall nurse the nations at your right side.. leaving the Island I believe I understand this verse like never before... what does it look like to give birth to a nation, it looks like intimate love that doesn't give up, it looks like nursing it as a child and committing to it's future. His love cost Him everything..and now I feel as King David did, 2 Samuel 24:24 “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.”
So let the journey begin... Rama on my heart.