God is a God of Miracles:
The Church teaches us that our faith is strengthened when it is shared, Sammy experienced that this week:
“Saturday afternoon, the reality of God’s power over big and small became very clear to me and to the children present at our catechism class. As Lindsey has described in previous posts, it is the rainy season here in Malaybalay, and it rains just about everyday. The catechism class the week before this one was actually cut short because it was raining so hard that we could not hear anything anyone was saying. This week there was no rain as we arrived to give the lesson but as we began, sure enough, the sky opened up and it poured. It was raining so hard that the rain was coming in the sides of the covered area where we have the lessons and the rain was so loud against the tin roof that I was yelling at the top of my lungs and the kids could barely hear me. My first thought was, “Oh great, a repeat of last week,” but then it dawned on me…the day’s lesson was about how powerful our God is! Did I believe that or not? A whole lot of things went through my head as I had this realization, but I ultimately mustered up the courage to ask the kids, at the top of my lungs, “DO YOU BELIEVE WE HAVE A POWERFUL GOD?!” Their response was, “OOOO!” (which means ‘yes’ in Visayan). Then, again, at the top of my lungs, I asked, “DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD CAN STOP THE RAIN SO WE CAN HAVE OUR LESSON?!” Again, the response was a loud yes.
[pullquote3 align=”right” textColor=”#b76309″]Then I remembered that God also says He hears the cry of the poor. Well, these kids are definitely poor and they were crying out, so at that point, my faith was strengthened. [/pullquote3]
At this point, I knew that God would stop the rain for us, but it didn’t have anything to do with my faith, which as I mentioned earlier, is pretty weak. My though was this: God promises to hear and answer our prayers when we ask in faith. He also says that we need to have faith like little children. And that’s convenient because I had a bunch of kids there who just said that they believed that God could stop the rain. Then I remembered that God also says He hears the cry of the poor. Well, these kids are definitely poor and they were crying out, so at that point, my faith was strengthened. I knew we would be heard and answered. I lead them in a prayer asking God to show his power and stop the rain so we could learn about him, and as they repeated the last line of the prayer the rain immediately slowed to a drizzle, and by the time it was time for them to have their snack it had completely stopped. They had no problem hearing us talk and singing songs and we were able to teach them about how God created the earth, sea, and sky, but the most important thing we all learned that day was that God’s power is real and that He is willing to use it for us!
The next day Lindsey had her women’s group and some of the mothers said that their children came home saying that God had stopped the rain for them so they could have their lesson, so not only did they have a new faith in God but they shared it with others!”
– Sammy Romero, August 2012, The Philippines