Monday, July 08, 2002
Well, it was really late when I got home last night (OK, it was 9PM, but that's late for me), so this is the first chance I've had to post. The trip to Aurora was very cool indeed, except that Brian didn't end up going with me because he had a major hay fever thing happening. Hopefully, he's better now.
When I went up to Indiana, I didn't know what the theme of the service would be; I just picked out a couple of songs that I liked. The theme turned out to be "Real Miracles for a Real World", and the songs I sang worked great with that. I love when God just fits everything together like that. There were 4 churches involved in putting the service together, and everything fell together great and people were blessed. The sound system was acting up (or rather, not acting) right up until the beginning of the service, but then everything went off without a hitch. Lots of people gave testimonies about miracles in their lives--a mother of 3 who told how doctors had told her she'd never, ever have children, a young woman telling about healing miracles on a mission trip to Brazil, Tom talked about donating a kidney to his brother and the blessings brought out through that, and so on. I decided to tell about what God's been doing in my life when I got up to sing. I told about the fact that I have Grave's disease, or hyperthyroidism, and how recently the doctor had reduced my dosage on my medication. I told how Alan had told a friend of his who also has Graves disease about this and how she told him that "that never happens" and that I fully expect to continue recovering until no medication is necessary. After all that, I wasn't nervous at all about singing, like I usually am. I usually get at least a small case of stage fright, even if I'm singing for people who know me and don't really care what it sounds like. I was just so pumped up by the testimonies that any other thoughts were just put aside. Thanks, God!
Anyway, I was telling the story about testifying to say that, after the service was over, a woman came up to me and told me that my testimony had really blessed her because her son, who's only in the 8th grade, has Graves disease also and is having trouble finding a medication that he's not allergic to. I gave her my e-mail, and hopefully I'll be able to meet him online, anyway. Most of the time I forget I even have a disease with a name; I'm just glad God was able to use it yesterday. (Standard Disclaimer: no, I don't believe God gave me Graves disease--I do believe, however, that since it's here, He'll use it to His glory in any way I'll let Him. I believe that will soon include a testimony of how I was healed.)
After the service, I got to meet up with Mark & Cam Scott, who live in Aurora and are affiliated with Vineyard Central. I had a great time with them, walking around looking at all the booths and talking and getting sunburned. I am having the best time getting to know all these VC folks--they all seem to be so accepting and nurturing. I feel like VC & VBCC are really knitting together--I wish this kind of togetherness could be fomented in the entire Body of Christ--what things we could accomplish!
I just got my photos back from our retreat with VBCC and the Rainses and the Nixons, and the ones I took of our finding of the gunpowder guy. (Refer to: The Vine blog.) A lot of them turned out pretty good. Krasi is going to help me upload them and put them on some site she uses so folks can see her photos--I'm not sure how it works, but if it does, I'll have a link to them at some point.
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