Destino on the road- Three days ago we started an exciting adventure with the Lord. Everything seems to be a dream and no one wants to get up. So far we have applied many things that we learned in our training in the past week.
Our first concert took place at University @ Buffalo SUNY. As soon as we arrived things started to get tough. The stage in the auditorium was small and had a table bolted in the middle of it. Our percussionist unbolted it and moved it for us. Such details upon arrival are worrisome, but how can God be glorified if everything is perfect? After this thought we tried to remember that our Lord had control over the situation. The concert was great, though to a small audience (about 13)! A person from our beautiful audience wrote, “amazing…so anointed.” Another said, “I would like to purchase a CD if there are any.” Even though many students couldn’t stay for the entire concert due to their academic responsibilities, the host of the concert said we were an amazing encouragement and wants to work with us again in the future. Once again the glory was only for God!
Next thing you know and we were once again on the road. The map in the road manager’s hand indicated our way to Rochester New York. We were very motivated when we found out the concert was going to be an outreach in a very bad neighborhood, where people’s hearts are extremely in need of God’s grace and mercy. The first concert took place outside in the church parking lot of called Light of the World. It was marvelous; two people were saved that night, and one person rededicated their life to Christ. Hallelujah! One of them commented about one of our lead singer’s testimony, “Cristina, what you said…really touch me. Too many times I feel like I am isolated with nowhere to go, alone until I realize Christ is there.”
The second concert took place in a Park where Restoration Life Christian Fellowship, our host church, organized an event for the community. In the middle of our fourth song IT DOWNPOURED! It was our first rain experience as a team. We had to stop the concert to protect our equipment, and this was hard to accept. God why!! Only he knows. But one thing we learned, and that is that even though we want our plans to work perfectly, God’s plans can be totally different, and His thoughts are higher than ours. A good thing about the situation was that we were able to respond as a team to the situation. Thank you God for your lessons and love for us.
The third concert was with City of Refuge Church in Rochester at another park in a neighborhood that is rather poor and almost completely Hispanic. It rained again, but this time the church provided a tent, so we didn’t have to cancel. God was also gracious in that it stopped raining in time for us to play and then started raining again two minutes after we finished. The pastor of the church did an altar call following the testimony from the band, and four people accepted Christ. We were also playing right next to a large apartment complex and many people were on their balconies listening. Who knows what the Lord did in those apartments. We pray that seeds would be watered and people changed.
Today we head out for New York City for a day of rest before our next concert.