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Stepping Into the Marketplace
by Adina Lavery
I am a flight attendant for a major airline in Atlanta. And my friend, Leslie Rummel, is a teacher's assistant in Coweta County, Georgia. We are also privileged to be a part of a ministry called WINGS: Angels of Song, a Christian duo that God formed nine years ago.
Leslie and I were called out of our church to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through song, poetry and scripture. And we have had a wonderful journey with God as we have humbled ourselves before Him and put our lives in His hands. But there is one story that we love to share everywhere we are called to speak and sing . . .
We were asked by the Atlanta Food Pantry to set up our sound system on the streets of Atlanta to inspire 14,000 people who were walking and running for this worthy cause.
We hooked everything up and started our praise and worship to the Lord. During the next two hours, 14,000 people blew by us!
As the last group came by, Leslie noticed a homeless gentleman leaning up against the building behind us. Since no other runners would be coming by, the police officer and the Food Pantry truck left. It was as if the whole city went totally silent, like we were transported to another place within seconds. It was us and the homeless man standing in the middle of this big city.
Leslie looked at him and looked at me and said, “Let’s sing one just for him!!” So we sang the song “Shoes,” which is about putting on the Armor of God and not letting the devil’s schemes overtake us.
As we finished and started to pack up, this gentleman walked over to us and said that he had come to rob us and take all that we had, including our car, but that the words of our song stopped him.
Without him knowing, God had intervened on behalf of His children.
We talked with this man about the love of Jesus Christ, about the fact that he did not have to rob us, that all he needed to do was ask and we would give him whatever he needed.
We gave him all the drinks from the cooler, the t-shirts and what little money we had that day. We did keep our car so we could get home!
When we were putting our sound equipment in the car, he insisted on helping. He said he would have never believed that he could talk to two white women without them calling the police and him being arrested. We said to him that this is the grace of God Himself, because underneath our skin, we were scared to death!
God gave us the boldness to minister to this man so the Glory of God could be seen. And out of the 14,000 people that were there that day, He came for this one!
Thank you for the opportunity to share our journey with the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings!