I am now the proud (also excited and a little scared) owner of this black beauty….
I am excited because it means more autonomy as a street-preacher. Also it means not having to rely on others’ and their equipment which will allow me more freedom. It means that I can now go out during the day time as well as the night. But mainly it’s because owning this little baby is the consolidation and the establishment of a vision God gave me for my life years and years ago….
I remember the first time I ever saw an open-air street preacher. I was walking through the city with my boyfriend (now husband) Matt. We were out for a lovely day, strolling in the sunshine, holding hands. I saw this young guy with black hair standing on a little ledge at the bottom of an Anglican cathedral. He was holding a black Bible and reading from it. There were three gothic youths standing around him listening respectfully. Something about him, about what he was doing, laid hold of me. It made no sense to me whatsoever, that he would stand there and do that, I mean to read from the Bible in public and not care what anyone thought of him was a foreign concept to me. Yet I was drawn to him. I really wanted to stop and listen, but I couldn’t. I don’t know why. My legs just wouldn’t stop. I couldn’t do it. I kept on walking, but I kept looking back. I remember the primary feeling I had for him was respect, because my primary thought “That is something I could never do“.
After many experiences and years had gone by, there was one day when God gave me a vision of myself standing on a busy city street during the day and preaching. Yes, preaching. No one was more astonished at the vision than I was, believe me. It seemed so random that I actually dismissed it from my mind as an impossibility. However I couldn’t dismiss it from my heart, because God had put it there. It kept popping up, and popping up, and popping up until God must have decided that I was especially thick, and He had to make it very clear to me by calling me to go out to the road, (as I’ve detailed in “The Call” post).
So whilst I have been preaching in the city on Friday nights for two and a half years now, to be able to preach during the day is new to me. This Friday, in fact, is when I will be starting this new adventure with a small group of ladies. So it is very exciting that a vision which God gave to me years ago, as of Friday, will be brought into existence.
(I just want to take a moment here to encourage you to hold on to the dream or vision God has given you for your life. And the more of an impossibility it seems to you, the more God will get the glory for it.)
However, it is also very scary to be the owner of this black box. Why? Um, because street preaching is scary. Yes, I still find it scary. I still get the shakes from nerves. I still wonder why I am doing this to myself every time I drive into the city. (That is, until the fire of God begins to burn so deeply within my soul that I just HAVE to preach, have to warn, have to share Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. And the fire burns up the fear of man. It drives away the shakes and the fear…oh my friend – God is good, He will never leave you stranded – just try Him.)
It’s also scary to be entrusted with this responsibility. The black box seems to stare at me from its solid position at my feet as if to say “You do realize that with me also comes more accountability, don’t you? Don’t you take me lightly now….”
I don’t ever want to take it lightly. I want to appreciate more and more every day what my Jesus has done for me and is still doing for me and will continue to do for me. He is my Lord and Saviour, He is my life, He is the reason for my being. He is the love of my life.
Jesus, all for Jesus, all I am and have, and ever want to be…
God bless you
June 19, 2013 at 11:11 am
You, Lovely are radical and I love you! Will be praying for you and the ladies fiercely as you begin His new venture for you xo
June 19, 2013 at 11:14 am
THANK you! We need your prayers!!! I have just realized that I forgot to put a title on this post…ha
June 19, 2013 at 11:14 am
BTW, I loveyou too
June 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm
God bless you – I pray He continues to fill you up with willingness and the Fire to do His Will…
June 20, 2013 at 1:42 am
Thank you Monika, I do appreciate that – I need all the prayer I can get! God bless you too
June 20, 2013 at 8:13 am
I completely understand. a few years before I began teaching CRE in the schools I said to someone -Öne thing that I can never do for God is teach CRE. God is glorified through us when we come to Him and give Him our all – when we know we can’t do something in our own strength then God steps in and does it through us. Then Jesus gets all the glory.
March 29, 2014 at 11:52 pm
That’s right, amen
June 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm
Praying for your Friday ministry, Belinda! May God go before you and pave the way by preparing the hearts of those he puts in your path. God bless you and the ladies with you. I’ll be watching here for a great praise report!
June 20, 2013 at 11:28 pm
Thank you so much Peg! I am quite nervous but kknow that Jesus is with us. He has told us that we are going to “dig ditches” to prepare for the coming Holy Ghost rain… (2 Kings 3:16, 17) God bless you!!
March 29, 2014 at 2:23 pm
Belinda, I am so excited to have come across your blog and cannot wait to start at the beginning and read the entire thing. I too am a female street preacher and as I read this post I re-lived the moment I first saw someone street preaching. It was a profound, life-altering experience for me. I was on my way to work and he was standing on a street corner where nobody could have possibly heard him (there was no foot traffic, only cars passing by). Yet he was compelled to preach the gospel. I wept all the way to work. When I told my Christian co-worker about him, she mentioned that she had seen him too and that he must be a bit crazy. But I knew he wasn’t. In 2011 I felt an unmistakable stirring from the Lord and got involved with street ministry/street preaching. My life has never been the same and I praise God for that. I will be following your blog and praying for you as you serve Jesus in the streets of your city. You have greatly encouraged my heart today my sister!
March 30, 2014 at 12:04 am
Eirene I am so blessed and encouraged by your comment! What a joy to know another sister in Christ preaching the gospel on the streets! I am hoping and praying that more and more women (and men) are inspired to serve God in this way. Your story is lovely – oh the call from God is unmistakable isn’t it? The fire burns and burns until you go. I think that people do think we are a bit crazy but I don’t mind being considered crazy by man if Jesus is happy with me! The Call tells how God called me in more detail if you’re interested to read it. I have also followed your blog. I am constantly amazed by how God brings the Body of Christ together even over great distances. Please keep in touch! God bless you