One of the many phrases we’ve picked up here at G42 is “He is the Word, I am the mouthpiece, I’ve got something to say, and I’m going to say it.” This comes from the 1st chapter in John.
1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Then, in verse 6 it says “God sent a man…” This man was John the Baptist. Juxtaposed to the first 5 verses it feels like a sudden change in direction. But this abrupt transition actually ties in well to the first 5 verses.
When the religious leaders ask John who he is and why he’s baptizing people, he identifies himself as “the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” It’s not until John speaks out does Jesus arrive on the scene to begin his ministry.
Andrew, the founder of G42, asks us interns the tough question, “how many un-prophesied words have left people in carpenter’s shops?” Or, in other words, how many opportunities have we missed to bring heaven to earth simply because we don’t open our mouths?
It’s not until John opens his mouth and declares the way of the Lord does Jesus leave the carpenter’s shop.
He is the Word, John is the voice.
He is the Word, Anna is the voice.
We are now back in Spain beginning to debrief our 3 months of practicum in Thailand. I got to share with our class my highlight from our practicum.
A little bit of back story: Anna teamed up with a gal from Outpour—our ministry in Thailand—named Amy to try and raise around $40,000 for an emergency vehicle to pick up abandoned babies along the Thai Burma border (the car is so expensive because of ridiculous up charges in Thailand, or “luxury tax” on foreign vehicles).
Amy and Anna and some of the other Outpour staff started the hard work of networking and advertising to raise all of the money—and it started to come in!
A long story short, there were going to be 3 phases of support raising to get all of the money needed, and Anna supported Amy in creating and sustaining the 2nd phase. We would be gone for the 3rd phase, leaving Amy and Outpour to create another fundraising campaign.
Shortly after the 2nd phase campaign kicked off, Anna opened up to me one night as we got ready for bed. “I can’t get it off of my mind—I know it’s crazy, but I think I want to secretly fund raise the 3rd phase while simultaneously sustaining the 2nd phase with Amy. I just really want to be able to leave Thailand and hand Amy $12,500 and say, ‘go buy your van.’”
She told me how much the idea scared her, as we would be calling on OUR supporters to help. What if the idea fell flat on it’s face? Or what if it worked, and then we financially wear out our supporters?
After Anna expressed all of her fears to me, she then rose with a fire in her spirit and said, “but, there’s a nagging question that continues to enter my mind: What do I believe about God? Do I believe that He loves Amy and these abandoned babies more than I do? Do I believe that he has deep pockets or not? Do I believe that he will take care of us too or not?”
To which I replied, “yeah good point.”
In that moment, God was no longer just an idea that we talked about and created theologies for, but instead, He became a Dad we trusted.
And in that moment, Anna became the voice, and she spoke out the Word.
Anna secretly called upon our friends and family to help Amy buy a vehicle, and you all gave a little under $14,000 in a week (what?). Meanwhile, the 2nd phase has been also completed! Right before leaving for Spain, we got to surprise Amy with a big cardboard check.
I believe if Anna didn’t open her mouth and share the idea that was stirring in her spirit, it would’ve taken much longer for the goal to be reached. God moved in people’s hearts to give towards the rescue vehicle, but Anna was the mouthpiece that set things in motion.
What is God putting in your spirit that he is wanting you to speak into existence?
He is the Word, you are the mouthpiece, you have something to say—are you going to say it?
Here is a short video of Andrew better explaining “He is the Word, I am the voice.”