Our God Came and Was In the Camp

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4 ESV

Our first ministry day is completed. All of our team members are now here and all the luggage as has final arrived. Our first two concerts were very good and well attended. It has been a very good day for us here in Ukraine.

One of the songs that we are singing in our concerts is “Your God Will Come”. A very powerful song taken from scripture that promises our God will come and save you. We have been told by a local pastor, and many others of what it means to the Ukrainian people that we came. So many are canceling ministry trips this summer, but we stayed the course and are here. It it really making an impact with the people. Even though the war is on the other side of their country, their hearts are burden. They are fearful. They need some hope. That is why we came.

In our devotional today Michael spoke on a passage from I Samuel 4 and the story of the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant. The Israelite people had taken God for granted and Michael pointed out they even referred to the Ark as “it”.

We are very much like that in our modern world. We think when we have “it” that will be when God will come. When we build that sanctuary, it will bring people to our church. If we have a great Praise Team, it will be what builds our program. If we have the latest and greatest “it”, then God will show up. But that is not how it works. The Israelites failed miserably because they didn’t have God in their camp.

But God was not in their camp and they were defeated. Michael then referenced many through out the Bible and the early Church who had God in their camp. The challenge to us today was to make sure that we are seeking God to work through and in us. For God to be in our camp. It is the only way we will succeed.

A lyric in the song Your God Will Come says, “Say to those with fearful hearts, be strong and not afraid.” The Ukrainian people are afraid. They have every reason to be. Tonight we shared a powerful message through song, visual art, and spoken word. We let God use us to minister to them.

Our God did come and He was in the camp tonight. He was in the camp because we invited Him to be with us, and to sing through us. God was also in the camp because of people like you back home lifting us up to the Father. There were over 1,000 visits to this site in the past 24 hours. That is amazing and humbling all at the same time. Thank you for your prayers and comments. Our team may not see them while we are here, but I am sure in time they will read back through and see them. Thank you.

God visited us in Ukraine tonight. I am convinced that many people found new faith and began a personal relationship with Him tonight. The hall holds about 1,000 people and they filled it twice. Our conservative estimate of attendance is 1,750. There were 1,037 recorded decisions for Christ! Indeed, our God came in a mighty way.

Tomorrow we travel to the city of Berdichev about 25 miles away. Pray for us to get a good night’s rest again. Back to back concerts are draining. Pray for safety in travel. Most of all pray that God will touch our hearts again as we seek to touch the hearts of the people of Ukraine.

(As I write these at varying times of the day and trip, there will be times that I will come back to a post and update or tweak some things. I posted a video into the previous post showing a clip of the church band that played for us. I also hope to get pictures added soon.)

28 thoughts on “Our God Came and Was In the Camp

  1. Great report. Great word from God. Thanks Michael. Will be praying tonight at church.

  2. Thank you for the update – so amazing and inspiring! We praise God for the hearts and lives touched through you at your first two concerts, through music, art, and message! We continue to pray from FBC Round Rock, TX.

  3. Thank you for the wonderful report. Our prayers will continue to be lifted for the team and this mission. God is faithful!

  4. Thankful all went well your first day. Prayers continue as you minister to a hurting and fearful congregation. God is speaking through you.
    FBC, Abilene

  5. How exciting to hear how our God is working through each of you. We pray for good rest, and lives that are used by God in a mighty way!

  6. We’re so sorry we are not with you this time, but you are all in our prayers. It all sounds so familiar…God uses and magnifies everything we try to do, in spite of our weakness. When we are
    at our poorest, HE is at His best! Charles and Gloria Mayo

  7. Creekside, Richardson will pray tonight. PTL for the obvious presence of God working.

  8. Thank you for all the updates and the specific prayer requests. I know it must be difficult to find the time to do these posts with your busy schedule, and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate them.

  9. Praying for you continually. God is and will work mightily as in the past. So sad not to be with you and experience Gods power in word and song.

  10. FBC Arlington, TMS Choir Arlington, Heritage Sunday School Department Arlington, and Francille Tamplen, Arlington are praying for God’s work through TEXAS SINGING MEN and all who serve with them. God be with and bless you.

    Francille Tamplen, FBC Arlington, Texas

  11. The ” Circle of Love” men’s bible study in Rhea Tx will be lifting all of you in prayer!

  12. YES! God is in the camp. Thank you so much for updating us! I know you all are giving those wonderful people hope and peace to some degree. I am certain they see Jesus in you and the music and the message Michael brings. May God keep you in His tender care as you minister to the Ukrainian people.

  13. TVBC in Temple, Tx is praying. We prayed as a group at the Food Pantry prayer circle at 8:50 am this morning Texas time as you guys were about to start your first concert. We also prayed over you in Prayer Mtg tonight and our many prayer warriors are praying daily. May lives be changed as a result of God’s message through your service.

  14. I will bless the Lord forever
    And I will trust Him at all times
    He has delivered me from all fear
    And He has set my feet upon a rock
    I will not be moved, and I’ll say of the Lord
    You are my shield, my strength, my portion
    Deliverer, my shelter, strong tower
    My very present help in time of need.

    FBC Plainview, TX
    is praying BOLDLY that you are each one showing
    the face of GOD in your singing

  15. My prayers are with you and for you, and for the people of Ukraine. May they hear God’s love through your music and feel his love through your smiles and warm outreach. I pray for healing rest, and for fellowship and laughter with one another to keep spirits lifted as your travel from city to city.

  16. Praise God. I am praying for the power and peace of Christ in all of this journey. May this crusade be anointed.

  17. I’m Ronnie Bowrens’ sister. Praying for the teams safety and that many lives will be changed.

  18. God directs our path!, He knows what is best for us! I will trust Him at all times!
    My heart is full of joy from your report. I am in constant prayer with my waking hours for you and the people of Ukraine!
    Thank you for the blog updates!

  19. We worship in Spirit and in Truth, we lift you up in Spirit May blessings and Power from on High continue to flow!

  20. Months ago,Trinity Baptist Kerrville, began praying for all of you, asking God to accomplish His work through you. HE provides and we give thanks.. M & J

  21. Heartwarming to read how God is working through you!! We eagerly await your daily posts. God bless you all!

  22. In our Duncanville First Baptist Church prayer breakfast this morning, we prayed for today’s concert and for all the others in the future! It was SO exciting to hear of all the decisions of yesterday! God is bringing about just what He said He would!

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