God still Parts the Storms! – By Melody Mason

As the Sabbath of Oct. 8 approached, the weather forecast was looking increasingly grim for Silver Spring, Maryland. While we prayed for good weather earnestly, Hurricane Matthew pushed up the U.S. eastern coastline, making it look like there was no way that we were going to miss the deluge of rain headed our way.

a-storm-1-1Normally, this wouldn’t have been a problem, but Oct. 8 was to be an extra special Sabbath. It was special because Seventh-day Adventist world church leaders would be gathered in Silver Spring for the yearly Annual Council business meetings, and a Total Member Involvement outreach was planned for Sabbath afternoon. Dozens of leaders were going to be boarding 13 buses and heading out into the neighborhood to knock on doors and pass out the special missionary book of the year — The Story of Hope — as well as GLOW tracks. They would also be offering prayers and Bible studies for those interested.

This was no small undertaking. Extensive work had gone into organizing the outreach, and more than 70 young people had traveled to the church headquarters to assist the leaders with this special activity. While everyone hoped for good weather, umbrellas were collected just in case.

img_5042-1Sabbath morning we woke up to complete cloud cover. Soon it began to rain. Anxiously I watched the forecast for the afternoon. It was 80 percent to 90 percent rain. However, we kept praying. That’s when I began to notice an interesting split happening in the storm over the Silver Spring area. By the time the buses arrived at the destinations to drop off the delegates and young people, the rain had completely stopped. In fact, no umbrellas were even opened. Just when the work started, God said, “Peace be still,” to the storm.

Later that night we listened with rapt attention and joyful hearts as many young people shared testimonies of what God had done during the afternoon outreach. Some shared how they’d met people who had prayed God would send someone to their door. Others they met shared how they were looking for a church to attend. Adventist Church president Ted N.C. Wilson’s first contact asked for follow-up Bible studies. Some people wept in gratitude. One woman even came to the bus to get more books to share with friends.

Not only did God open many hearts this day, in answer to prayer, but He showed us that when we go forward in faith — even when things don’t look promising, He is still able to part the storms! The leaders went forward by faith to do outreach, and God parted the storms. And all we can say is, praise the Lord!

Melody Mason, coordinates United in Prayer for the Adventist world church.

Note: To view this week’s world church prayer requests, click here!

To download & print this blog, as well as this week’s prayer requests, click here!

Share on Facebook3.1kTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+4Email this to someone
  • Wyman Kingsley

    Awesome testimony of the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit when faith is shared and exercised 🙂 All praise and Glory to God

    • Rosalia

      Amen

  • Kayreen kufa

    Powerful and encouraging sis Mason

    • Ngozi Dyke-Ebirika

      Praise God for this miracle. Our God answers prayers. Praise and honour be ascribed to His Holy name Amen.

  • N Bal4 – Sinner saved by Grace

    God is loving and faithful. Praised be His Holy name.

  • Clarris Magadza

    We have a Health Expo outreach program today and the weather is looking grim, nothing compared to a hurricane but enough to make people want to stay indoors. Please pray for us.

  • Priscilla

    This is an amazing testimony and it’s so encouraging,it’s just a reminder that God still cares and answers our prayers

  • Icyline Morris

    Awesome testimony.we just have to trust God’s word

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen, Praise the Lord.

  • Ros Farrell

    Powerful testimony of God’s amazing awesome power. Only You Lord can still the storm

  • khethiwe

    Amen that is the work of the God we worship He never lets us down

  • Tracey

    Thank you for this story it has once again brought encouragement to heart. As were moving from Bolivia to the states there are still many unanswered questions but God has supplied so much already and I know God will also do the rest. God you know our needs and you promised to meet them I think you ahead of time because I know you will do it. Thank you Fatherfor what your about to do.

  • Kern Tobias

    I was blessed to be a part of that wonderful experience. God be praised

  • Dike Emmanuel

    It was a great experience for me to be part of this team. We knocked on the door of a woman who came out and was very antagonist initially saying she belonged to a church and does not need our books we offered to her . Then I requested she allow us pray for her she hestitated and later agree we prayed for her . After the prayers on her own now she requested for the books and was so nice to us. We encouraged her to read the book ‘ The story of hope and the Glow tracks ‘ . You can see the power of prayers and how it can open doors . Let us keep this woman a child of God in our prayers as God reveals Himself totally to her.

    • Brian kigen

      Amen. I cant imgn that instant works of a prayer! God is great.
      I pray for her to know more about Jesus.

    • Rosalia

      We indeed serve a faithful God. You did a wonderful work my elder and all the leaders. Be blessed as you continue to serve Him

  • Desiree

    Inspiring indeed,thanks for sharing,encouraging enough to know and understand that GOD is still in the business of saving souls,HE will still the storms no matter what they may be and sure enough HIS word will not return unto HIM void, today I give HIM all the praise and glory.

    • Brian kigen

      Amen!

  • Viveen McLeary

    Thanks Sis Melody for sharing. We do serve an awesome God Who is Powerful and Mighty. There is nothing impossible with Him. Praise God for this testimony.

  • Catecha Francis

    Amen, thanks Melody for sharing this testimony. We serve a mighty and on time God. My faith has been strengthened. There is nothing too hard for the Lord to do for us. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  • Phillippa

    Praying that the Lord will part the storms in my life so that I can serve Him with all my heart. I know that the storms in my life have been a tremendous blessing on my journey. Pray for me that the Holy Spirit will be poured out on us as we go on our Mission Trip to Cuba on November 16-27. Pray that lives will be impacted for eternity.

    • Eunice Downer

      I will be praying Sis. Phillippa. The Lord will see everything through and will bless abundantly.

    • Letty Kaltonga

      Amens, including all the storms in our lives…

    • Rosalia

      Our God will definitely do. Nothing is impossible with Him. Let’s keep the faith.

  • Marilyn Fletcher

    Wonderful testimony to God’s watchcare over us; even in the small details that most would feel aren’t important. Thank you for sharing.

  • Eunice Downer

    Thanks for sharing Sis. Melody. God can and will also calm the storms of our lives. No matter how big,how small they may be He will take care of them. We just have faith and trust Him.

  • Annette Alleyne

    What a mighty God we serve. Angels bow before Him, heaven and earth adore Him, what a mighty God we serve.

  • Onaolapo Ajibade

    Great testimony. God says He is with us always and He has proved it again.

  • Celia Anne Parker

    Thankyou for this wonderful example of Gods faithfulness..Sister Melody ,I have had the same experience in miniture a few years ago..GOD is GOOD…..ALL the time….

  • Rosalia

    Amen

  • PNB

    Amen! Our God is able! – Peter Nigel

  • Jeanette

    Praise the Lord! Thanks for sharing your testimony.

  • Natasha

    Praise the Lord indeed! May the storms in my life be conquered by faith as well.
    God bless you Sis. Mason. You’re such an inspiration, I love you 😉

  • Rosalia

    Amen and morning friends. Our leaders are an example to us. I am humbled by the way they are involved in the work of evangelism. May God bless them all and their families.
    Kindly pray for our children in South Africa who are at the moment not attending classes in most colleges and universities because of the protesting students about the issue of fees must fall. Thank you and a blessed time to all of you