Written by Chelsea Tredor
Sunday, 03 February 2013 23:39
Our ministry focuses on being a servant first and a musician second.
Our job is to pour into others. I learned quickly in the beginning of this tour how much I need to depend on God. I was trying so hard to love on people and have patience with my teammates all on my own strength and on my own love. I could not do it. My love, my strength is not good enough. I'm not even sure how I got this far.
Throughout tour we've had more opportunities than the usual concerts to minister and build relationships. We just finished leading worship at a retreat for youth who are military kids. We were able to hang out with them, and learn about our walks in Christ with them. A couple weeks ago we were able to help out with an after school program in a trailer park. These ministries are the ones that inspire me.
I don't know if that's a bad thing... I love CTI and what CTI does and stands for and I love being able to use God's gift of music in this fashion. But, I also enjoy getting my hands dirty, I like being more hands on versus standing and singing in front of the congregation.
This weekend was a very special one to all of us on 14:21. The children were inspiring to say the least. There was a 14 year old finishing up his third time through the Bible. I am 22 and have been a Christian most of my life and I have yet to read through the Bible once.
I love that in ministry, God knows when to fill our cups. I love that when we depend on Him and go to prayer before Him, He blesses us more than we can imagine. I think we came in with a mindset to bless, but I feel as if we were blessed much more in return. The kids absolutely loved that we were there. I don't think I'm alone in saying that we all learned from them, or at the very least were encouraged and inspired by their walks and their faith in God.
My prayer is that they will continue to grow in the love of God and seek His face everyday, just as I am learning to do.