Delmi's church has a girls' choir. They are led by a young adult, Omar, who is amazing. This young man is so gifted in music and with kids. Each time I visit the church I secretly hope that the girls' choir will sing. It's been a great opportunity for girls who are talented and just need someone to invest in them. Many of the girls in our child sponsorship program are in this choir.
Last year while we were talking about the choir Delmi shared that she had another dream. Surprise! She dreamed of a dance ministry for girls where they would learn how to worship Jesus through dance, learn their value and beauty, and realize how beautiful they are. I asked her what stood in the way of starting the ministry and she responded "dance clothes and shoes." That's it? That's all you need? Something so simple.
When I returned home I contacted Robin Thompson, who owns In His Company Dance in Kernersville, NC. Robin was more than willing to set up a box and collect dance clothing and shoes. She even took up an offering at their spring dance recital. And that's all it took to start a dance ministry at Iglesia Adonai!
|Anna Rocia on the left leading worship with team member Rebecca|
One day I asked Anna Rocia, "What other ministries are you interested in?"
"Oh - I would love to teach the girls dance." She replied.
"Really? What keeps you from doing that?" I asked.
"Well, I'm not sure the pastors would want us to do that."
"Anna, I happen to know that it's a dream of Delmi's to have a dance ministry at the church."
Her face lit up as she looked to her friend with excitement.
"That's great but we don't have the supplies to start the dance ministry."
"Now you do" I said. "There is a huge bag of dance clothes and shoes at Delmi's house waiting for you."
I wish I had taken a picture of her face. It was priceless. A young adult realizing that her dreams of ministry were about to come true.
I guess this whole experience has been a reminder that when we partner - truly partner with churches in other countries, it's not really about our ideas and dreams. It's about theirs. It's much more fun to help their dreams come true; to invest in them and work behind the scenes to make sure they have what they need, to do what God has called them to do. You see, I love those girls at Iglesia Adonai. I believe in them and I pray for them. But I won't be there on a weekly basis to pour into them. Anna Rocia will.