2015 Angeles City – Alex Quach

I Carry God’s Power

They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. – Isaiah 40:30

To give just a quick background on me, I recently accepted Christ into my life, and I immediately jumped into membership with New Philadelphia Church and then became a reserve leader after completing the New Recruits Training Camp (NRTC). After NRTC, I signed up for missions and took part in the missions training. Before going on missions, I was asked what expectations I had, and also what I wanted to see during the trip. Like many, I wanted to see signs and wonders and also grow in my faith.

I went on missions with the anointing of Isaiah 61 upon me. From day one, God was using me as His vessel to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners. Every night before I went to bed, I would lift up a simple prayer, “Dear Father God, I am a vessel handmade and chosen by You to come to this city. I pray that You will use me during every ministry time tomorrow.” And He did exactly that. Every day I was being stretched and challenged by God in ways that I’ve never been before. Everything I had learned over the past 3 months at New Philly was being put to the test. I had fears of not being well-equipped, but I didn’t have time to dwell on that. So I cast all my fears and anxieties to God and “YOLO’ed” with him. I did what I could and faithfully left what I couldn’t do in God’s hands.

Since I got back, people have been asking me, “Alex, what was the highlight of the trip?” There was a number of highlights, but there is definitely a moment that stands out to me during one of our altar calls for healing. There was a woman who was very sick. Her vision was cloudy, she had diabetes, she felt a weight on her chest, and she also had a lot of leg pain. My teammates Helen, Heidi, and I somehow gravitated towards this woman and really contended for her health. We started praying life over her, rebuking all pain and discomfort from her body and declaring God’s healing power over her. After we prayed for her, her vision improved, the weight she felt lifted off her chest, and her legs were completely healed. She was even dancing with us afterwards! I really wanted to see signs and wonders, but I never imagined that God would use me to heal someone. It wasn’t because I didn’t feel equipped enough or anything, but it was more because my spiritual walk was still very new and I didn’t expect God to move in such a powerful way through me.

I went expecting to see God move and asked Him to use me to bring His glory to Angeles City. I found out that it is truly through faith that God works in the most astonishing ways. This is because it’s not our power that works miracles, but it is God who does it as we step out in faith. God can use us despite any inadequacies that we feel. God doesn’t look at our qualifications. He looks at our hearts and hands to be His vessels. Although we go out on missions, I believe our mission field is wherever we are placed. I encourage you to face your fears and “YOLO” with God, believing that He empowers you, because what I learned while on missions is that I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

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