FAMILY LOVE: Pastor Christian & Fabien Collbis with their children. Each of them prayed for me before the night’s meeting. I left their home so full of the Lord and in awe of God’s faithfulness “to each generation.”
Last night I traveled to the mountain village of Reconvilier and preached to an incredible group of Christians, nearly 600 strong. This region has a Christian heritage that spans hundreds of years, and I was deeply moved by their love for all generations, from very young to very old. As such, I challenged them to strategically cultivate a 100 year vision as a Body of the Believers that act as a priest for their nation, representing Jesus before the people and the people before Jesus. It was a deeply moving time in the presence of the Lord.
FROM THE FRONT: A glimpse from on-stage during the meeting in Reconvilier. Notice the grey heads as well as the young faces. (Don’t forget us bald guys, too).
I also had the opportunity to share songs off the new French CD for the very first time in public. And the band they provided me was practiced and fired up for the night! What a joy to hear hundreds of francophone Believers singing: “Voici le jour du Seigneur / Voici l’appel de nos coeurs / Chante Alleluia, allelu, Amen!” As much as that song (This Is The Day) was written for English speakers in my home town, it was written for these incredible soldiers of the faith as well.
GETTING STARTED: The worship leader, David, paves the way for the rest of the evening.
Today was my first formal day with the School of Worship students here at YWAM Yverdon. I’m really excited as this class seems fully engaged, enthusiastic about being here, and ready to learn. Each of them feel a call to serve the nations through music, and as a result, have a strong leadership mantle on their lives. So addressing them not just as musicians but as servant-leaders is the distinct direction God is leading me in.
After taking over an hour to share my testimony–how I normally start every discipleship school I teach–I moved into the concept of heaven meeting earth using Jacob’s ladder-from-heaven dream found in Genesis 28. Christian’s are so sad in church because they’re just waiting around to go to heaven; meanwhile, God is waiting for opportunities to invade earth!
The afternoon workshop was Songwriting 101, exploring everything from identifying your audience to thematic communication. I gave the students 30 minutes to write as much as they could, and then the opportunity to share in front of the group. What followed was a collage of spiritual reflections emanating from the multinational landscape of the student body.
In short, I got blessed far more than they did.
THE FOOT FLUSHER: A urinal that only the Swiss could come up with: you flush it with your foot. Genius.