I recently had the privilege of attending the 10th anniversary of Ellel Gilbulla, Ellel Ministries training and ministry centre in Australia. There were lots of people there to join in the celebrations, each having their own special connection with Gilbulla.
We heard from Diane Watson, the first centre director at Ellel Gilbulla, 10 years ago. As she shared she told the story of how Ellel Gilbulla came to be, and that it started with a word and a vision the Lord gave her in 1996 at a Health Care in Christ conference in Sydney. This was the very same conference that I attended as a struggling broken person, living with the consequences of falling from a cliff a few years previously. Diane was my room mate at the conference. On the 18th September, during the conference, Jesus miraculously healed me from all I was suffering, in front of a room full of very amazed people. As my ministry ended I rushed over to give my new friend Diane a big hug. It was only some time later that I found out when I gave Diane that hug she heard the Holy Spirit speak to her, calling her into Ellel Ministries! The following night Diane received the vision for Ellel Gilbulla, which Diane went on to start 6 years later.
I’m amazed at how God used me as an instrumental part of the Ellel story. It was like a jigsaw and God had purposed to use my healing (and my hug!) to be the seed that helped Ellel Australia begin! But then it went to Diane to run with the vision and see it established. Then, in the Lord’s wisdom, Diane went on to establish Ellel Ministries in Western Australia some time later with her husband Paul, and the role of leading and running Ellel Gilbulla went to Paul Ryan. There are so many people who’ve played their part, often for a season, either on the full time team or the volunteer team. Every one of them played their part, every one of them crucial. And the fruit of Ellel Ministries in Australia and around the world has been amazing, with thousands being taught, healed and released into their God-given destinies!
Following Jesus really is a grand adventure. We often don’t know what’s next and how God will use us. I’ve found that the Lord positions us, as we yield to His will in our lives, to be in the right place, at the right time. Often at the time we don’t see it. But allow the Lord to position you. He has special work for you, purposed especially for you. It might be big, or it might be small, but whatever it is He wants you to do it’s really important. He will connect you with others where you are, maybe in a Christian church or with a Christian ministry, and as each of you makes your own special contribution, the ‘body’ will become whole - healthy and growing and full of love.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You that You have special work for me to do right here where I am. I give You my inadequacies and doubts and choose to obey You. I make myself available today to be used by You. Amen.
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