A note to encourage you

By Brian McCarthy, Harvest Church Overseer


When my wife Christie and I were young believers in Christ, I started to get a nudge in my spirit for missions. The Church that we attended had many opportunities to take short trips in and out of the country. So, I started asking Christie if she would be interested in going on one. Nope, not Interested at all. We had two young kids at the time. So, I just let it go, but I still felt the nudge. A few years passed and one more kid added to the family, an opportunity presented itself for a short-term trip. It wasn't me this time who got the nudge, it was Christie. After mulling around the information and sign-up table she signed us up, she let me know after that we were going on a trip to Mexico to teach volleyball and baseball to young kids.

 

We were finally on our way. And, wow, what an amazing time. The Lord did so much, it really rocked our little world, not just us, but the whole team, and the kids we ministered to. When we got back home, we really started to look into full time missions. Christie took a trip to central Asia on a prayer team for 31 days and I followed a year later to the same country. A short time later we had our tickets bought and together we were going to central Asia to make sure this was the calling. Then 911 happened a couple of weeks before our departure and the door closed. Later I was able to take a job at a Christian youth ministry here in Omaha for about five years. It was missions, just in the same city. And again, God moved in amazing ways. Then I was able to take a trip to Tijuana Mexico to minister to ministers. That was amazing! The Holy Spirit moved again in healing and many were delivered, one after the other.

 

The kids are all grown up now and the nudge for missions is still there. Then came Covid 19 and the world just stopped, until recently! As some of you know, I was able to go with Pastor Jeff to Argentina last month. Again wow, wow, and more wow! Pastor Jeff preached the word and then we prayed, then Pastor Jeff preached the word and then we prayed. Over and over for two weeks, miracle after miracle. I have no words to explain how, or what, I just experienced other than Jesus.

 

Now that I've been back a few weeks, I've been able to look back at the previous trips along with this last one. There seems to be a pattern and that is Jesus has been there every time. I was in the back yard the other night looking at the stars trying to figure out what I just witnessed in Argentina, Jesus spoke to me. He told me to read John 7. So I went in the house and did, and what jumped out was verse 7: 37,38,39. "On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ By this he meant the Spirit whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit has not been given since Jesus has not been glorified.” This scripture is for all of us who believe in Him. This means that the gifts of the Spirit will flow from within all of us who believe! This is our equipment to reach the lost! This is what sets us apart! This is real life! Living life with Jesus.

 

Brian McCarthy

Harvest Church Overseer