Sweet Rachel held a hand-made rag rug in her hands as she stood to address the group. The Seattle Spark volunteers had gathered for a final trip dinner and a time to share what God had done during the weekend. Rachel said she had debated all weekend about who to give the rug to and decided to present it to Molly. She said that the rug was made out of a lot of torn up pieces of fabrics, and that it was exactly like Spark. She explained that Spark takes a lot of torn up women, weaves them together for a weekend, and allows God to create something beautiful. She handed the rug to Molly as a gift. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. It was a beautiful picture of how God uses Spark Ministry, and a perfect ending to a wonderful evening with precious old and new Spark friends.
I was greatly humbled on the Seattle Spark trip. Do you ever have one of those commitments that you just really didn’t want to follow through with? Yet you know God is calling you to keep that commitment? That’s how I felt about the mission trip to Seattle. After months of busyness, I was TIRED. My heart just wasn’t in it. But I had been on enough Spark trips to know, that if I go, and just make myself available, God would use me in spite of myself.
It was a very busy trip because we took 47 volunteers, and had 110 ladies and 25 children to serve at the Hope Place Mission. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and a bit detached, I worked in the background and observed all of our women in action. I was amazed how someone was always there to offer a hand, there to help me carry my boxes, there to get the gifts in order and to get them passed out, there to pack up, there to clean up…..there, there, there. There was always someone there to help me and to encourage me. No doubt that was God showing me that He will provide; that He will share my burdens; that He is sufficient; that I am not alone. I observed how our ladies treated the Hope Place ladies, always hugging them, loving on them, getting to know them, praying with them, laughing with them, letting them know that they were special. It made me thankful to be a part of Spark Ministry… ordinary women, giving their precious time and money, to let God use them to do extraordinary things.
The theme of the weekend was “Are you Full?” Thankfull? Gratefull? Prayerfull? Faithfull? Each time Patti asked “Are you Full?,” I couldn’t answer yes. It was during this last share time, that God reminded my why I had come on this trip. My heart was touched by each testimony shared by the ladies on the trip. God had shown his face in a mighty way this weekend. Not only in the lives of the Hope ladies, but in the lives of our volunteers. I just love that about God. There were several ladies that confessed that they had thought about not coming on the trip, but knew that Satan would be victorious if they backed out. I could relate. They shared how thankful they were that they had come, and how God changed their lives this weekend. Again I could relate. He had forever changed my life three years ago on my first Spark trip to Reno. I had been a Christian since I was nine, gone to church for as long as I could remember, been in Bible studies for 30 years, taught Sunday School, planned ladies retreats, yet…. I was convicted that weekend that I was not LIVING OUT LOUD FOR CHRIST. At 50 years old, it was time that I gave my WHOLE HEART to God for Him to use me to reach others. I sold out to God that weekend. My life has not been the same since. I have the privilege of serving on the Board of Directors, and have seen God work miracles on more than a dozen Spark trips. I’ve learned that if I make myself available, God does the rest, in and through me. As I sat there listening to these sweet testimonies, with tears rolling down my face, I smiled at God as He awaited my answer, “Yes God, I am so Full.”
My challenge to you is to make yourself available. God wants to use YOU to further His kingdom. Once you say yes, watch in awe as God does great things in and through YOU. Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
Donna Horner has been on the Spark Ministry Board of Directors for three years, where she is the treasurer. She and her husband, Tommy have been married 30 years and are both Baylor ’81 graduates. All three of their kids are Baylor Bears, as well. The Horners have been members at Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano for 20 years.