The theme for this two week venture was “A Call to Purpose.” The essence of the delivered Word was “Seek God for His calling on your life; draw close to Him. Do not be distracted or discouraged by naysayers. Forget about the past and focus on God’s will for your life.” Those present were blessed, challenged, and inspired by the Word as it went forth.
The worship was quite inspirational. Whether there were few instruments or many, it was evident that the saints were singing from their hearts, out of their experiences and to the glory of God. Prayer was spontaneous. Though worship was timely, it was never hurried. We sang many songs of praise and thanksgiving and were introduced to several new songs.
Often, as I sing the songs of Zion, my voice swells. It’s as if I can’t sing long enough or loudly enough. As I sang with the worshippers in Trinidad and Tobago, my heart was strangely warmed for I felt so much at home. The worship leaders were truly anointed as they led us into worship. The congregation sang with such fervor as their voices bellowed the praises of God. It was if they never tired of singing and giving Him praise (on their feet for an hour). This was during every service, a way of life for them. What joy I felt! They are indeed worshipers.
But not only were they worshipers as they sang, they listened intently to the Word of God and responded with such intensity. They believed the Word that was being delivered. As Rev. Bailey spoke of how we cannot live another’s dream and how the gifts edify the body of Christ, the power of God’s Word was evident. So many were moved as she encouraged the congregation to speak life to their children, and reminded them how the power of God’s Word can change one’s reality. “Know the Word of God,” she admonished, “for only then can you stand on God’s Word. Expect changes and don’t rely on what you see.”
During one altar call, prayer erupted so mightily and the power of God was so strong that one of the saints passed out under the power of the Holy Spirit. No one touched her as she sang with the praise group, no one, but the Holy Spirit. On another occasion, a lady testified of how a bushfire engulfed her neighborhood and destroyed homes all around her, but through the power of prayer, she took authority over her circumstances, asking God to please spare her home, the flames never touched her home.
One of the most impressive things that I witnessed was a young mother of five who had brought all of her children to the meeting. They ranged from the ages of four to seven or eight. By the end of the service, they were asleep, having fallen like dominoes. It reminded me of my earlier days when there was no church nursery, but our parents had resolved to be in worship and they took us along with them.
“Many are the plans of a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
In the final service at Lambeau and in one the services at Golden Lane, the Holy Spirit led Rev. Bailey in a different direction. Instead of speaking on “A Call to Purpose” she was given the subject “Mobilized for Ministry,” stating that as children of God, we must ”forward march,”, and see what happens when Jesus steps into our troubles. What a message! She instructed us to defend the gospel and command our day. “We must tell our problems how big God is rather than dwelling on how big our problems are,” she said. “We are not using our power as a church.” This actually connected well with “A Call to Purpose,” for “The greatest tragedy in life,” she stated, “is not death or loss of material possessions, but a life without purpose.” In order to ”forward march” we must have purpose. Rev. Bailey shared that when she lost all, she found true purpose. God has been elevating her ever since.
In addition to the inspirational services, there was a Women’s Banquet at the church in Lambeau. As a result of Rev. Bailey’s sharing about the Christian Women Connection, some of our sisters, and at least one of our brothers from Tobago, will attend the CWC Convention in Orlando, Florida in October 2017.