Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Crazy White Lady Up Front, Trying to Speak Spanish

Last month, Bill was in the jungle when I got a phone call from the head of Women’s Ministries for the Assemblies of God of Peru. She was asking me to come speak at an event—clearly there had been some scheduling conflict, and the national superintendent had recommended me. I was in total shock. No Bill. Two days to pull it together. Obviously an important event. How many times have I preached in a church on my own? (not counting the very forgiving crowd of Chi Alpha students)—that would be never. Lots and lots of Bible studies. A few retreats. A number of ministry workshops--never a conference as a general session speaker on my own. I wasn’t even clear what sort of event it was! I had heard something about a prayer event, and thought maybe there would be about a hundred or 150 ladies there.
When I arrived-- nervous but spiritually suited up—there were about 500 women there. Full-fledged women's conference, complete with fancy pink tulle draped across the front. I made myself comfortable and started to change my cozy speaking plans to large group in my mind. I enjoyed the speaker so much, and I was so new at this stuff, that I forgot entirely to check in with the leaders, and they put the next lady on because they thought I was late!!
Well, I think I did fine. It was quite the rush—both emotionally and time-wise--but I made it. When I got to the podium, it was incredible to look out on the sea of Peruvian women—and know that God had called me to reach them—and see how God plopped me in front of them to speak. And I think He did it on purpose while Bill was gone, to show me that He is sufficient. And I had a blast!!!!!!!


Ruth Chowdhury said...

That's so exciting, Lena! I bet you did great. Love you!

H.L. Hussmann - God's Greatest Passion Ministries said...

I wish I could have been there - but then, I would be a woman, and I guess I don't wish that at all. So, nevermind.

But I do wish I could come hang out with you for a while.

Sarah said...

You are an amazing woman, and I am so proud of you.

Sarah said...

You are an amazing woman, and I am proud of you.

Unknown said...

Isn't God Great! And for being obedient to Him, He gave you a blast!!!
:~) Donna

teresamckay said...

Way to go Lena! You are precious! So proud of you and your awesome family!