ELEVATE Ireland 2017

McKayla's Musings

Hey guys! My deepest condolences, but we were so into our ministry times that we forgot to take pictures…oops! We tried our hardest and found a couple for the day. But it was an amazing day of seeing God work as we were serving others. We started off today with the normal, breakfast and then a devotional and then doing ministry. My team consisted of Mr. Dean, Luis and Nick and we went down to a pop-up café in downtown Sligo and hung out with the people who came in and served them coffee and talked to them. Afterwards we came back to the hostel and we had lunch and then George said we were going to go on a treasure hunt and so we sat and prayed around the table for God to give us a picture, video or vision of something we were going to go out and find the thing that God had given us and so off we went (run-on sentence, sorry Mr. Lam). Luis got seashells, Nick got a white lamppost and I got a red and green flip-flop. We walked around for maybe an hour, praying and searching. We eventually got to this certain place along the river and we all simultaneously slowed down. We looked to our left and there was a white statue of Jesus. We felt compelled to go and check it out so we did. As we were walking to the statue, I looked into one house’s backyard and I saw a red and green horse carriage. I didn’t think much of it until we got to the statue and were looking around. We all felt like what we were supposed to pray for was right in that area. So we went back down to the house with the carriage and Nick spotted seashells on the railing. We felt led to ring on the doorbell so we did and nobody answered so we took turns praying. Luis began to sing “Break Every Chain” before we left so we did that as well. After we went down to where Mr. Dean was, he had mentioned that what God had given us images of reminded him of Sligo and the bus industry that is now on strike. Sligo means, “abounding in shells”. The flip flops reminded him of the tourism and the lampposts reminded him that if the bus industry goes down the lights go off. It took a while but it clicked in that what we prayed was connected to what he had gotten and what we had gotten. Even crazier, before we left the hostel Ms. Olsen told us to go and pray at the bus stops for the bus industry. And she hadn’t even told Mr. Dean so it was a crazy God moment.

Anyways, my apologies if that was everywhere. I’m currently face full in cake and ice cream (thanks Joel), reminiscing on natural Irish mud masks and all the games of Dutch Blitz I have won. Have a wonderful afternoon!

Day 5 - McKayla's musings

Comments (5)

Karin Wallace said on March 29, 2017 at 4:29 PM

Hello Missions Team 2017. I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you all and asking God to do wonderful things in you and to use you to do wonderful things in and for those you meet there.. It is very odd to not be on the Missions trip, but I am enjoying reading the blog and seeing the pictures. Students - thank you for stepping out in faith and following God where ever He will take you. Chaperones - I miss you all and pray that God will grant you all that you need to lead, to mentor and to have fun with the students. God bless you all in the rest of the trip. Mrs. Wallace

Carla said on March 29, 2017 at 4:33 PM

I'm so greatful you all have this opportunity. It's lovely to hear that God is definitely working within and around you. Keep it up! I am sorry to any of you who may have to share your clothes as my son obviously can't stay clean even at the age of 16

Tamara Walt said on March 29, 2017 at 6:16 PM

It's so wonderful to hear and see your stories and adventures. The Irish mud mask looks fun! Thanks for sharing the God moment you guys encountered, keep on seeking, praying and listening to where and what He is showing you. Be bold and be brave, be stretched beyond what you think is possible. Thank you for your obedience to serve!

Esther Cross said on March 29, 2017 at 6:52 PM

Wow! Sounds like you had another wonderful day. I have been praying that each of you would allow the Holy Spirit to work through you. God is good! Keep giving each day to Him and you will continue to see miracles take place.

Sharon said on March 30, 2017 at 12:27 PM

Hahahaha. Even on a Missions trip Leah, you can find mud to play in. I know you were tempted to have more than your face covered. (Inside joke from last summer vaca) Thanks everyone for sharing your pics and blogs. When I was reading McKayla's words the lyrics from an old hymn came to my mind. "A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD, A BULWARK NEVER FAILING OUR HELPER HE AMID THE FLOOD, OF MORTAL ILLS PREVAILING" This song was written by Martin Luther and in case you wanna know ... a bulwark is 'a defense structure' read Psalm 48:12-14 I pray this encourages and strengthens you. Go Team Go!!

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