The Journey October 2014
Last week we gathered at Maranatha Bible Conference in Muskegon, Michigan for The Journey. We have returned to these grounds on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan for over two decades. It is a place of healing, freedom, peace, rest and redemption for those who attend.
The week was uncharacteristically quiet, the participants making their way to and from the sessions in hushed tones, even the dining hall felt like a space of unusual quiet. Those of us who have been leading these weeks for years all noticed the change from what has been so familiar. We watched and listened closely for what God was doing, wondering what this quietness was nurturing in the hearts of those who had come to explore their stories more deeply.
Friday brought a bright blue fall sky and the warmth of the sunshine, which had been scarce throughout the week. There were a dozen people desiring baptism in the cold waters of the lake, and many others who joined on the shore to share in the goodness of new life rising as old messages and lies were laid to rest in the frigid waters.
The theme that emerged as the week unfolded was that of God’s creative care and faithfulness to the work of Open Hearts Ministry. We enjoyed a week of quietness, that left us all aware of God’s presence and His kind hand guiding the work of this ministry as it seeks to cultivate communities of care where stories of pain can be spoken, heard and redeemed.