HMCC of Chicago Retreat Update 2

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

This morning there was a special visitation from the Lord during our opening morning worship. I really sensed that the Holy Spirit was working in the hearts of people as we were singing some of the songs. We just naturally busted out in some time of prayer and allowed the Holy Spirit to minister to us. It is too easy to go through a formula or even a set “program” – 25 minutes of worship, announcements, offering, 45 minutes of preaching, and response time. Sometimes God wants to mess up the order and we have to be willing to give up our agenda for His agenda.

I shared about the importance of transformative spaces – simply providing room for God to bring forth transformation in our lives. We had a powerful time of ministering to one another in our small groups.

We then took a group picture. I know, I know… we usually take it at the end of the retreat, but the scenery out here on Lake Geneva is so awesome with all the snow that we decided to do it while there was still sunlight.

I am looking forward to our last night of worship.

HMCC of Chicago Retreat Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

We finished off our first night. It was encouraging to see various people come out for this retreat. In the beginning it was a bit of a slow start, but towards the end of the night we pressed through. I think the breakthrough moment was when we had people break up into pairs and speak God’s truths to one another. As people were listening to God, they spoke words of exhortation and revelation.

I was especially encouraged when I heard from a married couple (both are students) that they practically pulled an all-nighter the night before. When I probed, I found out that they had papers and mid-terms next week. But since they wanted to come to the retreat, they decided to study ahead of time.

I was thinking, how many freshmen and sophomores would you find responding like this? This is a maturity issue. Many times the younger college student would goof around until their finals or when their projects are due and then tell people that they are too busy or they have too much to study to come out to the retreat.

I told the husband that the Lord was going to bless them for their sacrifice and commitment.

We had a great time of fellowship afterward. We are slowly moving forwards and building up the church. It is exciting.

Please continue to pray for us.