China Update 5 – We Must Decrease so He Can Increase

During John the Baptist’s ministry, he was in the middle of an incredible work.  It was so powerful and evident.  The movement of God was being felt across the nation as people were curiously seeking after God for the first time in a long time.  It was then that Jesus came with his love and power.  John’s disciples came to him and basically asked…”Everyone is following after Jesus.  Is that ok?”  John replied with a profound statement…”He must increase and we must decrease.”  John’s final acts of ministry were so powerful and impacting, we still read about them today.  We closed out our camp week today.  Just as John’s ministry culminated in an amazing testimony of Jesus so was the work of God with our team.

Our final day came together with incredible acts of God’s power and love.  Kevin and I finished our time with the pastors and church leaders.  The presence of God filled the room as we prayed together.  He confirmed in our spirits that we are not alone in the work He has called us to.  His presence was so powerful that many began to weep for the people of China.  It was as if God let us feel what He feels for the nations.  Our work with these warriors was over, yet the work of Jesus continues inside of them.

Melissa met with everyone else and unpacked the full Gospel for them.  Each daily theme had been building, one on top of the other all week.  She had them write down a summary thought of this week.  They all wrote down a verse from Isaiah.  “Your thoughts are not my thoughts and my ways are not your ways.”  Afterwards, we all went caving and had a BLAST!  We cut up and laughed with our friends for one of the last times.  We finished the day with with a Chinese BBQ and camp fire.  Kevin shared a message from Psalms 23 which tied into the theme of the camp.  He shared about how Jesus Christ is the good Shepherd who wants to meet all the needs of their lives.  Susan, who we have been praying for all week, worked as his translator!  She was translating the message of the Gospel she is looking for!  After some singing, Susan shared where she was in her search for Jesus and how she has come to understand God is the source of love.  She is on a journey and still searching and we continue to pray for her. I closed the evening with prayer and a clear explanation of the Gospel.  It was a holy time…God was there.  We did this service in the open air next to the YuLong river with many bystanders around us, not afraid of the legal consequences.

After the service we went back to Kavanah to spend our last moments with our new family.  We all signed each others camp shirts and exchanged small gifts.  Kevin spoke with Susan afterwards and gave her some discipleship material and challenged her to continue seeking God.  She agreed and affirmed that Jesus was knocking on the door of her heart.

What a glorious time this has been! Our team’s work is completed, yet God has just begun!  We must decrease so He can increase and do the work that only he can do.

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About @jonaheasley

I serve as the pastor of Awakening Church in Bellevue, WA. It's been a blessing to have been surrounded by such great leaders and men of God who have invested in my life from such an early age. Being raised a pastor kid, I have been saturated with the word of God since day one. At the age of 7, God showed me that it was through a relationship with Jesus Christ alone that my life could be made righteous. From the mountain tops to the valleys, God continues to give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding to lead and guide those around me. Understanding that I am following the leadership of Christ. My wife and I have a passion and love for people and are privileged to be able to serve people for His Glory. Kathy and I were married on August 2, 2003 in Atlanta, GA. God has blessed us with three amazing children, Evan, Adele, and Elijah.

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