V2H Update February 1, 2016

 

AWAKEN 2016 LOGO FINALHello Everyone,

It was a busy but great weekend! Thanks for your prayers concerning me and all the travel and events unfolding over the last couple of days.

Conference In Miami

On Thursday I flew to Ft. Lauderdale to get into town a little early for the Becoming a Woman of Influence conference. Many have wondered what was I doing at a conference like this. Here’s why I was there; I was invited.

woman_influence_facebookA friend of mine os a pastor at New City Church in Miami, Fl. His kids attend Christ Fellowship Academy and they have all seen me perform many times at their school for Spiritual Emphasis Week. So when Joe, the pastor/dad/my friend saw me perform several months ago, he asked me if I would come and be part of the event. Because of my “deal” with God, I don’t turn down any event where the door has been opened and I have an invitation, especially from a friend. So that’s how it came together. I was honored to be the only “male” guest speaker at the event.

2016-01-30 09.04.57-1There were about 100 attending this conference from several churches in Miami. It was hosted at the Sheraton at the Miami International Airport and let me say what a great time I had being there! New City Church and the team who put this together did an exceptional job of not only maximizing the venue space but caring for me as a guest/speaker and providing what I feel was also a great lineup of other guest speakers for the ladies to learn from and be encouraged by in their growth of influence.

I was at the conference to share a few songs and then some words about how God has influenced my life and brought me to where I am today. My songlist included the Lawnmower Dance, Shark Song, Awake, No One Like You, Watch The Lamb and Jesus Paid It All. God removed my apprehensions and gave me peace as I shared and it really went well. There was a great sense of community and I didn’t feel out of place, which was nice given it was geared for “women”, which goes to show that when we do whatever we do for the glory of God, He will bless it and use it.2016-01-31 19.31.01

Thanks to my friend Pastor Joe Mira and all those at New City Church for investing in the lives of the women of Miami. You guys did an outstanding job this weekend and were a blessing to all of us involved…even us “guys”. Also a special shoutout to my good friend Mike Liebler who was driving me around over the last few days and making sure I made my appointments. And the Gallos who hosted us during my stay.

Wedding In Atlanta

When I agreed to do the conference for Joe in Miami, I failed to remember and check my multiple calendars. This caused a little scheduling conflict as Henry Bruce had notified me of his upcoming wedding on the same day. When I realized this, I called Joe and thankfully he was able to arrange the schedule so I could get a ticket back to GA without having to miss Henry’s wedding, which I certainly didn’t want to happen.

With God’s hand at work, I was able to make it see another one of my “children” get married on Saturday evening. This was not without its challenges however. When I got to the check-in kiosk, I couldn’t seem to do so. After numerous attempts, I went ahead and stood in line to speak to real person.

After waiting in the que for about 10 minutes, the lady informed me that the flight had already closed and that was why I couldn’t check in. She told me that they want people like me there an hour ahead of time and I had gotten to her 45 minutes ahead of time. Really? Ugh. So now we were having to look at rebooking me etc.

She put me on the list for the next flight but told me to go to the gate for the flight I was originally booked on and see if I could make it. So I did with haste. As life would have it, my terminal and gate were on the far side of the airport, requiring me to have extreme patience in the TSA line and on the SkyTrain as I made my way to D-60!

Once I got there they were still boarding the flight so I jumped in line. The ticket I gave the lady was not for that flight, which I knew and I explained to her what happened. Then she passed me off to another guy who looked up some information and told me that I never had a “seat” confirmed on that flight. Really? Wow!

Now he tells me that I have a confirmed seat on second flight but I was put on the standby list for the first one. So I sat and waited and had to trust God to get me on the flight. And He did. Within a few moments, they called my name and another woman, who ended up sitting right next to me to take the last two seats on that flight. Praise God!

2016-01-30 16.21.11-1So that’s how it worked out. I made it back to celebrate with Henry and Lauren as they joined together in God in holy matrimony. It was a wonderful wedding and a joy to be there with them in this life-changing event.

Henry was one of my students in youth group at Bethany Baptist Church many years ago. He was also part of our sign WAVE team there and at The Point. Henry traveled with me on a few mission trips including one to Florida for George Camp. He’s always been a faithful friend to me and the ministry and always served well regardless of his role. He loves to sing and has made it known on various trips like the ski trip to Winterplace 🙂 You can watch that video here:

Henry has a passion for life and a passion for God. But He also has a passion for the love of his life, Lauren and I am so happy for the both of them as they embark on this journey together! Henry has gone on to learn sign as an interpreter and works at a local school in GA with the deaf. What a great circle to the investment of Vision 2 Hear. I am grateful for what God has done!

henry wedding group shotIt was also awesome to catch up with these fine folks at the wedding reception. Some of them I have not seen in years, while others I recently saw at Krista and Carey’s wedding a couple of months ago. I have resigned myself to the truth that now I will see most of these people at such events as weddings as they have all grown up. Where has the time gone? It was great to see you all and I love and miss you guys. Thanks for being such a blessing to me and part of the V2H family! It’s people like you and all the others who have made my life so special.

Preaching At Church

The weekend concluded with me preaching at my church in Fayetteville. With my pastor recently resigning, the church had asked for me to cover a few Sundays as they put together a search committee etc. So this weekend I launched a 3 week series called Awakenings.

AwakeningsWith no surprise to those who have been part of my ministry, we had many technical issues leading right up to the beginning of the service. From trying to understand why the screen color was “pink tinted”,  to trying to hook up my “Mac” to run from the back, to getting the signals set for a scenario for me to run it from the front, to transferring 50 slides to another computer so someone else could run it, everything finally came together with about 5 minutes to begin. But it came together, at the last moment, right on time, which seems to have been the case for all things concerning this weekend.

God moved in the service and removed my apprehensions of speaking; and for that I am always grateful!

In Other News

Angela is back from El Salvador and I am waiting for her to send me a little note about her experience. Once I get it, I’ll send it out so you can hear about how this trip shaped her life.

Awakening IndiaAlso, I’ll be making a definitive decision about India this week. As you may know I am supposed to head out on Feb. 16 but I have not generated enough support yet for the airfare. So will see. This may be God saying wait. So I’m praying over the next day or so to see what all happens. Of course, they would like for me to be there but I also have many irons in the fire here to take care of and deal with. So please pray God’s will be done. I’m willing to go or stay…whatever I need to do.

If you’d like to give toward this trip, or any other mission project, you can do so at vision2hear.com or just follow this link: paypal

Thanks so much! Catch up with you next week.

George

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Two New Songs For WAVE Team

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Our new season is here and I am posting new lyrics and songs. Here are a couple of new songs you start looking at and working on.

Let It Be Love By Family Force 5

I’ve never seen a soul set free
Through an argument
I’ve never seen a hurt get healed
In a protest
But I’ve seen sinners turned to saints
Because of grace
It’s love, love that lights the w
Love that lights the way

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

It’s not about the stand we take
But the grace we give
It’s not about the name we make
But the life we live
Heard about a King who sat down
Took my place
True love gave His life away
It’s love that lights the way

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

Stronger than every fear
Comfort for all the tears
It’s where the war is run
And it has overcome
Louder than the loudest shout
Deeper than the deepest doubt
We’ll watch the walls fall down
We’ll watch the walls fall down

Let it be a heart wide open
Bigger than the words we’ve spoken
Let it be a heart for the broken
If we’re gonna light, light
Light the way
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
Nothin’ but love, nothin’ but love, yeah
Let it be love, let it be love, yeah
It’s love that lights the way

It’s love that lights the way
Yeah, Love that lights the way

Lyric WAVE Signs Video Here: Let It Be Love

 

Our Time Is Now By Colton Dixon

Are you tired of the life that leaves us begging for more,
We got our heads in the clouds but our feet on the floor,
We tend to chase everything that ends us leaving us dry,
We need a voice
One voice
Let us amplify

Can you feel momentum shifting
Can you hear the sound
We were once upon missing
We have been found
It starts now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there is new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now

Its only takes one second to turn it around
We got our minds make up but still a stake in the ground
All the pain all the shame
Have you had enough of it
Are you ready for the change

Can you feel momentum shifting
Can you hear the sound
Can you see the darkness lifting
now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there in new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now

Oh loving can divide us
Oh take away our time is now
We rise from ashes
Kings and queens our time is now

So raise a fist high
This is the first night of beginning of forever
Now let the old die
Cause there in new life
Forever starts tonight
Our time is now
now
now
now, now ,now….

The WAVE Sign Lyrics are here: Our Time Is Now

 

August Update 2012

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Things have been a little “slower” this week. I went to The Church, which is a recent church plant of my friend Mario DelValle. He asked me to preach last Sunday and with joy I accepted his invitation.

The Church started in January and have grown to about 30 people. God has moved greatly already by giving them a great place to worship and use for a fairly cheap price. It was very exciting to be with them and share. I spoke about tests and how God’s intention for them is not for us to fail but to “know what and who we know”, bring us to the peak of our ability, and for us to learn to trust in him, not ourselves. People seemed to be touched and encouraged through the message and I was thankful that God used it!

 

On Monday and Tuesday I have been meeting with our WAVE team, talking about the future, making plans, encouraging them and challenging them forward in their faith journeys. I helped them with sketching out some plans for a tour they may do in October, putting together some thoughts on a “flash mob”, and then another trip to the USA in 2014.

We also did some team building activities and games and had more than a few laughs, which is always healthy. The team consists of about 15 students now, give or take a few. They have really grown and developed as a ministry that serves and ministers beyond the stage. They have been very active in Suchitoto as I explained in my last update and they are looking for new and creative ways to reach their friends. One of the things coming up after I get back from Nicaragua is a “glow night” they are planning. This will be an outreach event to seek to reach some of their non-Christian friends through a black light party and experience. It will happen on the 27th, so keep that in your prayers.

Over the last couple days I have also been meeting with Mario, talking about the church plant, encouraging him in his undertaking and talking much about how God works and interacts in our daily lives. We have had a good time even this morning for the last couple of hours just sharing about methods and ministry and “keeping it real” and “organic”.  It’s been cool to see how God has allowed me to be able to pour into him some and challenge his thinking about church and the way we interact as “church” in the world. Please keep him and their new “plant”, The Church in your prayers.

 

I leave for Nicaragua in the morning at 5am by bus. Jorge and I will travel to Managua, Nicaragua and serve with Christ The King Church from Port Orange until the 24th. It’s about a 9 hr bus ride…ugh!!! We will be teaching sign language, performing in some open air venues as well as at church. Probably get to do some surfing too! Not sure how well connected I’ll be there and if the internet will be available so you may not hear from me for about a week. Will notify you all as I can. Until then, thanks for your prayers!

George

 

George Lockhart is a missionary with Vision 2 Hear and serves as student pastor at New Vision Church in Fayetteville, GA

 

The Art Of Signing

There’s no doubt in my mind that I should not be where I am doing what I’m doing. I don’t have any deaf relatives or friends. I don’t have a background in Sign Language or speech pathology. Honestly, I really kind of stumbled into this whole sign language thing. I learned about signing in college from a friend whose mom was deaf. She started a sign choir called Vision through Intervarsity. I learned 3 songs and then dropped out of the group. The following semester I took a sign class and began to put together songs on my own. Little did I know that one sign class and the encouragement of friends would change my life so drastically and dramatically!

Since then, God has seen fit to take me into many different and diverse places because of it. Had it not been for this use of Sign Language, I would not have much of the ministry  I currently have with students or adults. Isn’t it crazy that God would do that? Not really. In fact, it seems just like God to do such a thing! He has taken someone like me who majored in English, minored in psychology and intended to be a band director at one point and allowed me to do something completely different and yet entirely fulfilling.

Sometimes it’s easy to try and plan out our life and take all the steps to seeing that plan fulfilled and not realize that God may have something totally different in mind. It’s not that we shouldn’t have a plan. However we must be willing to surrender the plan to the Master. That’s a Master Plan! Anything other than that will leave us empty, longing, and wasting. God’s intention is to use us to equip the Body and build the Kingdom.

I know that you may feel like geometry or government or whatever may never be useful. But that’s not the case. God will use anything we give back to Him. Don’t underestimate what God can do with what you know. You don’t know what He knows and has for the future.

For some reason, I took French in high school and college, while everyone else around me was taking Spanish. Even though I never thought I’d use it, I have! But not in places where I would have thought.  I had to use French in Vietnam and The Republlic of Benin. You just never know what God is going to do with what you know. And just to let you know, it was vitally important that I knew the French at that time! I still need to learn Spanish since we have a ministry in El Salvador, which doesn’t make sense to me either. How can I have a Spanish deaf ministry with so little Sign Language and no Spanish in my resume? Simply God.

So, what do you have to offer? What thing seems insignificant to you that you feel like you’ll never use? Why not write a list of all those things and offer them to God and see what He does with it over the next month. He may just make it the most significant thing in your life yet! He’s an artist with things like that!

Korean Church NC

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While in NC this time, we worked once again with the Korean Baptist Church of Havelock. This is the church that my Mom attends and serves as a deaconess. We met with the students on Saturday and had some game time, including sticking gummy bears to the window, worked on Sign language for the church service and had a Bible lesson.

The kids there are great and we always have a good time together. We worked on You Raise Me Up by Selah and Today is the day by Lincoln Brewster. These videos are of the performances.

Today Is The Day

You Raise Me Up

Continue to pray for the Korean church as they grow and prepare to move into a different building soon. They are planning many fundraising events and will need much assistance as they move. If you are interested in helping with their move, please contact me. We will be putting a team together to go and help them renovate in the spring/summer.