When my husband and I were asked to help lead worship for SLAM this summer, the first thing we did was pray for the students and leaders. Little did we know that a few states away in Ephrata, Pennsylvania there was another married couple praying for the exact same thing. They were youth pastors from Metzler Mennonite church praying that the Lord would prepare their students for their mission week with SLAM in Nashville, TN. They also specifically prayed that their students would experience a move of the Spirit during their week among us.
The first night the youth arrived, we could tell they came with a desire to learn God’s Word. Despite a long day of driving, these youth were on the edge of their seats, attentively taking notes. Their soft hearts were evidence of God’s work in their lives.
As we got to know their youth pastors, we saw their love for their students and desire to have deep relationships with each one of them. One night, after a full day of serving in the heat and engaging in Bible study and worship, they stayed up late praying. The Lord responded to their prayers and many of their youth shared about the ways that they needed the Lord in their friendships and their future decisions with college and careers.
Every time we came together, whether for worship, meals, Bible study, or service, it was a beautiful picture of unity. We all came from different backgrounds, churches, denominations, geographical locations, but our belief in the Lord unified us. By the end of the week, I was blessed by some of the young ladies who felt safe enough to confide in me as if I was an older sister. They sought advice and turned with me to God’s Word for answers. I hadn’t know them for more than a few days, but it was truly amazing to witness how the Holy Spirit unified us as people of faith.
One youth leader testified to their prayers being answered. He said. “We prayed that we would experience God’s presence, and we could feel the Spirit so tangibly with us this week. The worship and prayer times were powerful. I’m 51 years old and I’ve never experienced the Holy Spirit like I did this week. I didn’t even know it was possible.” Praise the Lord!