Sunday, January 13, 2013
Ever since I met the Jesus Christ, I have loved going to church, to get in on the corporate worship and the teaching, as well as building relationships with the other members. I've found Him in different denominations and NON-denominations. I don't believe in "church-hopping." And while I don't mind visiting a very large church, I prefer being part of a smaller one for the sake of being KNOWN - having accountability for the safe-guard of my soul.
In 1986 my first husband and I went before the Presbytery where we received some prophetic words. One was about visitation in the House of the Lord, and at first I just thought of visiting members of my present church. But His House is SO much bigger! I started going to evening services at other churches just to visit, while maintaining my morning attendance at my regular church. When I began to study Spanish, I included bi-lingual or hispanic churches (my city has a large latino population).
When we're faithful in the small things - responding to the Lord's Word by making those steps in my own community - He gives us bigger things. Hence my start with visiting churches in OTHER countries. It started with one church in Iquitos,Peru, where my church had supported a mission. Then it was a few churches. Then it was some churches in Lima as well as Iquitos. Then it was some jungle churches as well as the others, and a church in Chiclayo. Then it was Cuzco and surrounding villages. Then more churches in Lima and Iquitos and the jungle churches and Chiclayo. Then one Ipiales, COLOMBIA, through someone I knew from Iquitos. That same person got me into churches in Quito and Tulcan in ECUADOR. Another contact got me into churches in Puerto Maldonado and Iberia. Another brought me to Tuman, Santa Ana, Casa Blanca, Chepen, Ucupe, and Tucume. And I've been to numerous churches throughout Lima's districts.
And it's been LOVELY to be in His dwelling place, and I've always felt at home, whatever the size of the church, its construction and location. I love my present "home" church, a bilingual Assembly of God. But my God has a big BIG House.