Saturday, 12 September 2009
Over spring break this year I went on a missions trip to Roatan, Honduras. It was, to say the least, an amazing experience. I went with a big group of students from my Christian fellowship at school. On one particular day the leader of our group who runs a nonprofit on Roatan (Roatan is an island) brought a few of us to a local school to share about Jesus and how following Him has changed our lives.
The school we went to (and most of those we visited) was small and Christian. The students ranged from age 7 to 16. There were four classrooms and a chapel. We spoke in the chapel and then sang a couple of worship songs. I went and stood among the students while my friends led the singing. As we sang I noticed that a girl in the row behind me had a distinct and beautiful voice. After we finished the kids went off to class, and I turned around and found the girl with the pretty voice. I complimented her and she told me that she knew how to play guitar. Bold yet graceful, she asked me if she could play us a song.
Her name is Audrey, she is twelve years old. She walked up to my guy friends (two of whom are Football players, and the other water polo, so pretty big guys, you will see in the video) and asked if she could play their guitar. I was impressed by her courage to even ask! She sat down and played us the Hillsong United song "Lord of Lords" sung originally by Brooke Fraser (now one of my favorites). The minute she started singing tears sprung from my eyes. It was as if a veil had been lifted that was between us and God. His presence filled the room and I immediately felt very close to Him. Listening to her sing lifted the eyes of my heart to Christ. I know that sounds really cheesy and impossible, but I have no other way to say it. God was being exalted in that room and His love was being poured out.
Audrey's voice was, and is, amazing. The sound quality of this video does not do her justice. After asking, we found out that she taught herself how to play guitar after hearing a couple of Hillsong United CDs. She wants to sing for Hillsong when she gets older, and I pray that God will make this possible for her. She also told us that what she wants in life is to bring glory to God. It was amazing to see those words come from a 12-year-old so genuinely.
While she is not the poorest on the island of Roatan, she comes from a much less than most of us have ever known. Growing up amidst much poverty has made her mature beyond her years. Anyway, here is a video of her singing the song "Hosanna." Our leader started filming upon hearing that she wanted to sing for Hillsong. Hopefully this video will make that possible someday! I think that most of us in this video are crying.
After experiencing her true gift in worship, my friend, who isn't shown in the video, decided to give her his guitar. The other girl in the video painted the guitar case with Audrey's name and covered it with verses of Scripture. On the last day of our trip a group of guys brought the guitar to her as a surprise. She was shocked and very grateful. It's funny how on missions trips we often expect to go and bless those we meet, when really we are the ones who receive the greater blessing.
I hope you enjoyed the video. Pray for Audrey! And isn't it amazing, we have brothers and sisters literally all over the world. Let's pray for the Church to be strengthened all over the globe, as well as at home. And let us fix our eyes on Jesus, Hosanna in the highest!