The Wind of Your Spirit
Church Care  2007-12-12

Only those, who have travelled to the town of Sliven, have felt a really strong wind. And when the meteorologists say that the weather in Bulgaria is supposed to be windy, it means that there will be a hurricane in the region of Sliven. 

Maranatha church decided to visit El Hanaan church in Sliven during weather just like that. We left Stara Zagora in such bad atmospheric conditions. The van was dancing on the road under the power of the wind. Our driver, Slavi, said that he had never experienced anything like it.

The real hurricane, though, was in Pastor Sasho Vasilev’s church. He had already warmed up the church through the powerful worship of the praise team – his church’s worship team is well-known in many places. We praised the Lord with all of our hearts and souls; we blended our voices and love. We thanked the Lord for his mercy and blessings to all of us. The power of the songs – in both gypsy and Bulgarian languages – was so strong that we felt the Spirit of the Lord moving among us. This indescribable experience so captured our beings that we no longer paid attention to the storm outside anymore. Pastor Sasho and I “shared” the Word of God – he started with encouragement and I concluded. The interesting thing was that both of us talked about one subject, without knowing this in the beginning, but we complemented one another beautifully. Everything was under the leading of God’s Spirit – our prayers and testimonies also. We all experienced it this evening. When I looked into the faces of my brothers and sisters I saw them shining in the presence of the Lord.

When the end of the service had come, our hosts invited us to have dinner with all of them, where our fellowship continued.

We left renewed and full of God’s love. It didn’t matter that the strong wind outside was still pushing the van around while we travelled back to Stara Zagora – the wind of the Holy Spirit was much stronger and even more real in our hearts. On our way back we didn’t stop singing, praying and laughing because we were happy and blessed.

Believe it or not, in my ears, I still hear the words of the song: “Give me strength, give strength to your Church, dear Lord, and give us love…”!

 



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