Jubilee!

Last Sunday, I attended a church called Jubilee Community Church and was absolutely blown away by its powerful worship and strong sense of community. I knew the moment I walked in that God had answered my prayers for finding a good church home! (So I want to thank everyone who has been praying for me in this capacity. The Lord was faithful, as always!) Jubilee is a fairly large church that operates out of a beautifully renovated factory building. I have never witnessed such a powerful example of the body of Christ in action. My spirit soared as I saw that the congregation was made up of people from every nation, tribe, and tongue (and socioeconomic status)! In fact, they van people to church each week from the townships!

Less than twenty years ago, this diverse religious gathering would have been prohibited by law. However, at Jubilee the divisive forces of apartheid and lingering traces of racism seem all but a distant illusion. Under that roof, every racial distinction, language barrier, and social hindrance fades away as the body of Christ comes together with one purpose: to worship and magnify the holy name of our Lord Jesus! It’s hard to wrap my brain around this concept. I’m halfway around the world. In a foreign country. Immersed in a different culture. Surrounded by new faces. And yet, one thing remains the same: the love of Christ. I see it in the people. I hear it in the music. I feel it in my bones. There is no mistaking it. It is here and it is real.

The worship at Jubilee brought me to tears and the message was bursting with TRUTH. It sounds crazy, but even back home I’ve never felt the movement of the Spirit so strongly in a church community. Yesterday we attended Jubilee’s evening service, which is geared toward students! After a powerful time of worship and a convicting message, they asked people to come forward for prayer. I felt a strong nudge from the Spirit and walked up to the front. A lovely young woman came up to me and we talked briefly. As she began to pray for me, I knew immediately that the words she spoke were not her own. The Lord touched my spirit deeply as she spoke about things that have been burdening my heart lately…including specific things I didn’t even tell her about! To say the least, I was a mess by the end of the night (wet red face and mascara running everywhere!). But it’s funny – I’ve discovered over the years that there is nothing quite as devastating and sweet as being a mess before the Lord.

Afterward, I talked to this young woman and she invited me to join her “life group.” These groups meet once a week to dig into Scripture and discuss the current sermon series about living out the Gospel. I am so thankful for the strong community the Lord is building up around me! On Wednesday, I got to meet many wonderful people at Jubilee’s “braai” where there were tons of awesome games and a delicious barbecue dinner. And this Friday, they are hosting something called “Sundowners.” In addition to swimming and getting to know new people, we will be watching the sunset at the breathtaking beach in Clifton. Also, this week I attended a group called WOW or Women of the Word – a wonderful group of women that meet once a week for breakfast, word, and discussion!

Praise Him for His provision! “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Philippians 4:19-20

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dad
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 15:22:54

    Hi Hon,
    God is great and you finding such a deep and meaningful connection in Cape Town is a true testament to His faithfulness. I am so glad you found a great community of believers to continue to grow in your faith.

    Love you and miss you a ton,

    Dad

    Reply

  2. Ingrid Anton
    Feb 15, 2011 @ 16:10:36

    Alyssa

    You are an amazing, talented young woman. You mother told me about this and it was so nice to read.

    You mother’s cousin!
    Ingrid

    Reply

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