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Restoration

by | Mar 15, 2012 | Missions Articles

I’ve been thinking recently about what God’s restoration looks like to the kids that we minister to on the streets. During the first couple of months we were here I tried to paint a picture in these newsletters by focusing on one or two specific stories of kids we have had interaction with. In looking back I worry that what I’ve written might sometimes be very difficult to hear.

So I’m going to try something new and speak encouragement and love into the newsletters. I will still fill you in on our ministry times but also want everyone that reads this to walk away from their computer feeling encouraged and empowered to do the same things whether you are in the States, the UK, Brasil or Australia. God has empowered us all to be able to reach the lost. In saying that, I want to tell you how I see restoration. I believe there is a personal view and a divine view of what restoration is. For us (people on earth) restoration is in your own personal perception. So a millionaire that gives his life to Jesus may see his restoration different than a girl that hasn’t eaten in a week and sleeps on the sidewalk. A middle class single parent that experiences Jesus is going to her restoration in a different light than a little boy that hasn’t seen his parents or been hugged by an adult in years. We (as ministers) also see it different. I may see everyone listed above being restored only to my level of how I comprehend the kingdom of God, and undermine what He can do in them. It would be an understatement to say that we have received some AMAZING prophetic words about what the restored kids that we take off the streets will do. We have been given prophetic words about children from the streets becoming CEO’s, Pastors, and even a future President of Brasil.

When we minister on the streets here I ask God what the kingdom of God looks like to this child and how can I show them that. When we leave their presence I ask God, “what does your plan for them look like for them and how can I help bring that into our realm?” One of my favorite things to hear from the friends that we make on the streets is “why aren’t you like everyone else in church” or “what’s different about you, you look at me and talk to me like no one else does”. It was important for me to learn that the way they see heaven and what God really has in store for them can’t always be delivered at the same time. A kid that just wants to feel human affection again cant understand me telling them how much God loves them and what he has in store for them while I’m just standing there. That simple hug is the way into his heart to be able to really speak into his life.

I would encourage everyone to just pray “What do they see Your kingdom like?” with everyone we interact with and then we will always be able to be walking demonstrations of the Kingdom of Heaven!!

– Luke Billman

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