It's the last night at Gilead. Last message at Gilead. And OH MY GOODNESS did Jesus have something to say. As I was preaching I was freaking out with what he was bringing to the people. But here's the coolest part:
On Thursday after lunch, I met with this group of girls for a question and answer session. It was me with 8 girls, one adult girl's counselor, and Jesus. :)
This girl named Jade was sitting at the table. I asked if she was a Christian and she said no. But she was asking some great questions. As I was explaining some things about Jesus, I could tell that she was interested. And then I said it. I don't know why I did but I said it. I looked at her straight in the face and said, "You're gonna get saved before you leave camp this week, because God is wooing you into a relationship with himself." I then said, "Just make me a promise: come up and tell me when you get saved."
As I finished the message and gave students a chance to surrender to Jesus. 160 students just sat there, but I kept glancing at Jade (who sat right in the front row, right in front of me when I was teaching). As I looked around I saw her start to stand and then sat down. I was praying but not staring at her while I was praying so that she didn't feel pressure from me to stand up. And THEN IT HAPPENED!!!!! She stood up in front of 150 people to surrender to Jesus. I started jumping and screaming. I ran up and high-fived her counselor. The place went nuts. As she stood there, I looked at her and said, "Jade, is Jesus your Lord." She responded, "Yes." I said, "Do you believe that he died and rose again for you?" She said, "Yes." I said, "Welcome to the family. You're saved." And everyone went crazy again.
VICTORY!!!! It's been a week of battling for Jesus. Oh my, I'm still celebrating with the angels for what Jesus did in Jade. And believe me: it was all worth it.