May 23, 2004

[bottles of wine]We had quite the gathering on Wednesday. Although our group has not grown in some time, there is clearly a need in our church for more home group leaders. So Kay & I have begun training the entire group in how to lead one of these things. We hope to release one (or if possible two) new leaders, then bring our own group to a close in September.

So two weeks ago, we shared this vision with the group. One week ago, we went through a “dissected” meeting in which — like Vineyard prayer training “labs” — we explained what we were doing as we were doing it. And this past Wednesday was supposed to be the first meeting led entirely by someone else with me & Kay present. That was the plan. In fact, the person tagged to be the leader had a medical emergency come up, and called saying she couldn’t make it. We said, “Welcome to leadership.” In our experience, when you step up to leadership, you often become a lightning rod for spiritual interference.

So what did the group do? We broke out the snacks and some tasty wine, and had a “spirit-filled” meeting! It was utterly hilarious (the kids, trying to sleep, scolded us for laughing too loudly)… and led to a good time of praying for each other.

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

One response to Spirit-filled?

  1. “That was the plan.”
    Funny how we always think that way, eh? That’s why I love visions the most. It’s unpredictable and exciting. 🙂
    It was inspiring how that interlinking vision theme came up. Lately I’ve been finding more and more people “completing the thought” than the interpretation of a vision being “given”. I wonder if that’s a phase or it means something else..Hmm — almost like a mind reader!!