Our Failure, God's Success: MetroRED Retreat
I heard it said once: God usually does his best work after all of ours has failed. I went into our recent RED single's retreat holding onto this truth.
As you may be aware, Metro Community Church has been going through a financial crisis recently. When this crisis began, the Metro staff was instructed to adjust their budgets accordingly. I tried to salvage what I could, but on a cold November day, Pastor Kevin (our executive pastor) informed me that our RED retreat budget had gone to be with the Lord. We cried (mainly pastor Kevin) and I got busy trying to plan a January retreat.
Now, by the grace of God, we have a lot of gifted people at Metro and a great network of friends in ministry that we have access to to help us through difficult times like these. We were blessed to have Rev. Michael Carrion to be our guest speaker. We were also blessed to have an amazing worship team made up of Metro's own Sonia Kim (who is an anointed worship leader), Andy Chung, Dennis Kwon, and Mikey Oh. The RED team and I prayed and fasted, and did all we could to create a space and opportunity for God to move. God, being God, took a look at our “plan”, chuckled, and blew us all away!
In all my years at Metro, I have never seen anything like what I saw from our people at this retreat. To give you some background – we went in wanting God to speak to three areas where I believed MetroRED needed help:
1. Cultivating a real relationship with God
2. Intentionally making time for God; and
God absolutely spoke to these areas. Most notably on the Saturday night...
Through pastor Carrion, God spoke about the need and blessing of intentionally making time to cultivate a genuine relationship with God. The first set of worship ushered in the presence of God in a tangible way. Every hand was lifted high, not a dry eye in the room, and a few of our people were so undone that they needed someone to tend to them! It was an amazing thing to witness.
Ten minutes into the sermon we knew we were hearing from God. So much so that mid-way through the message, a young lady began to weep uncontrollably! That sight was a first for me. Clearly God was in the room. By the time the second worship set rolled around, the presence of God was so heavy that many of us couldn’t move - wouldn’t move. We knew God was in the room, we knew he had filled the space. For some of us it was the first time in a long time, for others it was the first time.
We scheduled a small-group time immediately following. We scheduled 30 minutes…it ended up being closer to 2 hours! There was sharing, prayer, more tears, more work of the Holy Spirit.
During the second set of worship God spoke to me. He told me that we “successfully plowed the ground.” My heart rejoiced. For over three years, the RED team and I were fighting what at times felt like a losing battle. Through it all, we held on to the hope that God was working...and on this night He revealed that He was!
Revival is coming to Metro and it’s coming through MetroRED. We’ll need your prayers.
Submitted by Joshua Olivero
Director of MetroRED (single's ministry)