One Voice Glimpses
The One Voice event connected more than 300 people in 8 international locations last week. It was a powerful time on Friday as the nations joined together for this global GENESIS event to worship the Lord, as well as to hear words from one another about what God is speaking to YWAM. The 2 hours spent in prayer, worship, and prophetic words saw all the locations take turns leading worship and sharing impressions from the Word of God.
The vision of One Voice is to see the nations come together in simultaneous worship and prayer so that all the nations can truly sing His praises over the earth at the same time. GENESIS allowed this to happen as locations in the USA, England, Switzerland, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina came together in unity.
”There is great diversity in coming together in unity,” says Luzanne Esmeraldo, one of the pioneers of One Voice, as well as the leader of the events. “The heart of One Voice is having nations heard, worshipping the Lord, and hearing words of the Lord coming from a grassroots level.”
And that’s certainly what it was. In addition to the overall theme of the event—a scripture taken from Ezekiel 47 which calls us to move into deeper relationship with God—there were also words taken from participants in the many locations. In addition to the call from Lausanne to move in greater intimacy with Him, a participant in Harpenden felt that we, as YWAM, are not only being challenged to enter the “river of God” (as stated in Ezekiel), but to take a step of obedience and enter “rivers of risk.” This word flowed with what a Nashville participant had felt when he declared that “there is an urgency to share the Gospel with those who’ve not heard it,” citing Matthew 9. Another participant in Argentina then referenced Isaiah 45, declaring that God will go before us.
These words were a verification of what was shared earlier in the hour by YWAM International Chairman, Lynn Green, who spoke on Paul’s journeys from Acts 16 and Romans 15, speaking on strategy versus guidance. His word to us was to “make plans and be strategic, but leave room for the Holy Spirit to move.” The words and verses mentioned above were felt in worship after Lynn spoke out this message.
“I think God is taking us deeper, and we need to understand our challenges of not going deeper with Him,” says Luzanne. “We need to understand what it means to go deeper.”