It has always been a dream of mine to visit Iceland, so when the opportunity for me to go on a two week missions trip presented itself, I ran towards it. Our team of 14 all came under 24/7 Prayer, an organisation focused on bringing the kingdom of God here on earth through prayer. This would be the fifth year that they’ve sent a team to Westmann Islands to share God’s love to Icelanders during a music festival. After taking a 30 minute ferry ride from Reykjavik to the small island, my anticipation for the coming days was building.

 

24/7 Prayer was founded on creating a space for people to spend time with God during all hours of the day, and that’s exactly what we did for the first week. Each of us signed up for 1 to 2 hour slots in a day to pray. Our days also including prayer walks, worshiping on the top of a mountain after the treacherous hike up and team time. I know for myself, I often underestimate the power of prayer and the importance of it before going out and spreading the good news. Over the years as they’ve poured into this nation, they have noticed a shift in the atmosphere and in the hearts of the Icelandic people. What an amazing experience to be apart of something much bigger than myself!

 

Þjóðhátíð (pronounced thyoth-how-teeth) is a three day musical festival that attracts over 10,000 people each year. Over the long weekend, the festival includes big stage concerts, bonfires, firework shows and drinking… A lot of drinking. Our heart and mission was to show the love of God by serving them practically. Who doesn’t want a free cup of coffee when you’re hungover. To some, it may seem to be an indirect way of sharing the gospel, but for the Icelandic culture it’s loving without any strings attached that baffles them. A lot of our interactions were very short, but we did have a handful ask why we were handing out free coffee. In their words, “It’s very honest of you to be doing this”. Every now and again you heard people under their breath asking if we were going to give them a “Jesus talk” if they accepted our coffee. In moments like these I prayed and ask God that He would meet them right where they’re at. That our act of serving free coffee would speak loudly just how much their Father in heaven loves them.

 

I’ve learned that sharing about Jesus isn’t always extravagant and doesn’t always end with people committing their lives to Him. But what it is about is the individual and the condition of their heart. Sometimes we have the honour of seeing people accepting Jesus, other times we get to play a small part in their journey to finding Him. Either way, I am thankful for all the ways I get to see God move.

 

Lauren Svatos

 

 

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